Sixth Form student Olivia Ellison-Burkhill, a member of our Unified Sports group, recently took part in an exciting opportunity at a Commando Training Centre in Devon, we asked her to tell us about her experience.
On the 3rd September, I was part of a group that travelled down to Lympstone Commando Training Centre Royal Marines to experience a ‘look at life’ course. There we were taught the core values of demonstrating excellence, integrity, self-discipline and humility in every task we were set. During our training week, we were also educated about the spirit and mindset that has to be executed at all times as a Royal Marines Commando. This included courage, determination, unselfishness and cheerfulness – to be being the first to understand, the first to adapt and respond and the first to overcome.
The week consisted of the training that you would have to pass in order to become a Royal Marines Commando. One part of this was the endurance course – which included crossing the rough moorland of Woodbury Common, travelling through tunnels, pipes, wading pools and an underwater culvert.
Not only was this course an opportunity to explore the different career paths available within the armed forces, it was also a chance to encourage teamwork and leadership amongst each other just like we could on a rugby pitch.
This opportunity was presented to Olivia through her involvement with Port Sunlight Sirens Rugby Club, if you would like to join the Sirens, contact Martin Blakeborough on 07823333040. Training takes place on Wednesday 6-8pm, games on Sunday afternoons. All ages, all abilities welcome!