Salford City Academy students are being put through their paces, taking part in a three month project, run in conjunction with the School of Military.
Comprising former members of the British Armed Forces, the School of Military aims to develop young people through a dedicated programme focusing on team building, physical training, values and SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) development.
Leading the project at Salford City Academy are former soldiers Darryl Toone and Sam Hughes, who are working with students from Year 7 to 9 on a package of activities to help them develop their communication, engagement and attainment skills, as well as building confidence and improving general health and wellbeing.
Following an introductory session, where the young recruits learnt about Nicolas and Sam's experiences of military life, they then took part in team building exercises, including a commando crawl race and tug of war.
Commenting on the course, Year 7 student Jaden said:
"It's been a really exciting and fun experience. We have to respond to commands and act fast.”
Year 8's Ellis added:
"We learnt all kinds of things, including how strong insects can be, despite their size! I also really enjoyed taking part in the physical exercises, as well as learning about discipline and reward.”
The School of Military's programme has also been welcomed by Salford City Academy Principal, Melanie Haselden, who said:
"Though only here a few weeks to date, Nicolas and Sam have already made an extremely positive impact on our students and we look forward to working with the School of Military in the future."