Ashfield School Post 16 Centre’s Uniformed Services students are celebrating after their recent success in RAF Wittering’s Challenge Cup Competition.
The competition has been running for 4 years, and Ashfield has taken part each year, always with some success despite the fact that some of the competing teams always come from Air Defence Colleges. Last year’s haul of 3 trophies did not include the overall winners’ award, which they narrowly missed out on. So, with this firmly in mind, the students approached their preparations with a determination and commitment that can only be admired. Giving up an abundance of their own time to perfect their drill, public speaking and running times, focusing on the tiniest detail of each element and practising, practising, practising until they were satisfied, the students pushed themselves until the very last minute.
First came the 1.5-mile squad run: Ashfield came first, and were the only team to run solidly together for the whole distance. Then came the bleep test: Ashfield’s Luke Heffernan came joint second in the male competition, with team mate Layla Allsop winning the female competition. Shooting was next, and Ashfield’s Tyler Heath took third place. Next up was Drill: always a speciality of the Ashfield team, and they didn’t disappoint. Not only did they come first, but the Drill Inspector cited the ‘incredibly high standard’ they achieved. Then came Public Speaking followed by the RAF Knowledge Quiz – Ashfield came third in both.
Finally, it was time for the award that they had their sights so firmly set on and that they had worked so incredibly hard for: overall winners…Ashfield!
Julie Taylor, Head of Uniformed Services at Ashfield, said of the team: “I am just so proud of these students, their dedication to practice sessions, their commitment to achieving the best possible results, their outstanding teamwork and support for each other, and not least, their impeccable behaviour. They have represented themselves, Ashfield Post 16 Centre and the Uniformed Services department in a way that should make them incredibly proud of themselves.”
Ashfield School Head Teacher John Maher said: “Once again our Ashfield Post 16 Uniformed Services students have done us proud at this prestigious event with their best ever performance across a range of challenging events. I would like to pay particular tribute to the dedicated team of Uniformed Services staff who lead by example and create such a positive and high achieving culture.”