Twenty six students from the BTEC level three public services course at Truro College went to Piers Cellar at Cawsands to take part in the Royal Navy Challenge Cup.

The competition tested the students with raft races, orienteering, problem solving, tug of war, deck hockey and much more, all of which included no shortage of action, adventure and mud. Competing against military prep academies such as Bicton Military Prep Academy and other public services colleges such as Bournemouth and Pool College, the Truro College team were triumphant and regained the trophy with a very impressive team performance.

The public services course at Truro and Penwith College is a fantastic stepping stone for students wishing to join the emergency services or armed forces after college. With trips such as this and a strong focus on preparing students for entry tests and required fitness levels, students finish the course ready and excited to apply to their chosen field.

Matt Kennedy-Smith, public services lecturer at Truro College, felt the challenge has provided an unmissable experience for the students. “Truro College would like to thank the Royal Navy and Royal Marines for this fantastic experience that has given our students a real insight into what military life is about,” he said.

The college looks forward to returning again in 2018 to try and win the trophy for a third year.