Royal Navy Officer Training Reaches New Heights

Robin Young

Published: 20/06/2014 12:06

Last Updated: 20/06/2014 09:06

climbing wallTraining at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) will scale new heights with the opening of a climbing wall to enhance the physical training activities used to prepare Officer Cadets for their role as leaders.

A redundant squash court has been transformed to accommodate the new facility, which was formally opened by Commander Geoff Wintle, Commander Resources and Plans at BRNC. It will be used to develop the Cadet's physical and mental courage in a safe, yet, challenging environment.

Sergeant Matt Burley, Royal Marines, one of BRNC's physical training instructors, said: "To be successful on military operations sailors must by physically and mentally fit. They must possess stamina, courage, a competitive spirit and be self-disciplined. Sport and adventurous training are methods of developing these attributes. The aim of the climbing wall is to provide a fun and distractive physical test to improve the Cadet's strength to weight ratio and core development. It is a tremendous addition to the PT facilities we already have here at the College."

The climbing wall is suitable for students of varying abilities with hand hold boulders that can be moved to suit different levels of experience. As well as being used to train Officer Cadets, it will also be available to staff employed at BRNC as a training tool for those that can climb already, who maybe about to embark on a period of adventurous training, or for those interested in trying something new.

Funded thanks to a grant from the Royal Navy Sports Lottery, the new facility took just over two weeks to install.

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