An assault course has been built at a country park in Hampshire, specifically aimed at the military family community.
It’s part of the Forts and Fleets scheme, and the first to get involved were the Combined Cadet Force from Seaford College, a school in Petworth in West Sussex.
It’s hoped that other cadet groups will be making the most of the assault course in future.
Andy Plewis, an ex-Royal Marine who now works at Seaford College, spoke about the day:
“It’s a fantastic place to be able to come and use, and it’s great to be able to get pupils from the school up to have fun on facilities we just don’t have at school.”
The money for the project has come from the Armed Forces Covenant, and the new assault course even includes a section for dogs!
It’s perfectly located- set in the heart of the Hampshire countryside, the course is pretty much in the middle of all the military communities- from RAF Odiham and Aldershot to the North to Thorney Island and Portsmouth to the South.
The cadets themselves certainly had a great time trying out the course, as Seaford College student Douglas Hayter told us:
“It’s great- it’s a proper obstacle course, everything’s really large! I think it would be a great place for military families to get out.”
The project is the perfect example of how Armed Forces Covenant money can provide facilities for military families, groups- and their dogs, in a community-wide setting.