After a brilliant week last week taking part in the Junior Leaders Field Gun competition, it has been back to normal studies for the six students who were part of the Southern Titans team.
In all, students from 11 UTCs were selected to run in the 2018 JLFG Competition. The UTCs were; AUEA, Derby Manufacturing UTC, Elutec, Greater Peterborough UTC, UTC Plymouth, UTC Reading, UTC@Harbourside, UTC Portsmouth, Scarborough UTC, South Devon UTC and South Wiltshire UTC.
JLFG is a modified version of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity Field Gun aimed at youths aged 16-24. The teams ran against trainees from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, as well as those from the National Sea Cadets, local colleges and an invitational team from the Missouri Military Academy.
During this year’s competition, Elutec were rewarded as the highest placed UTC overall and Plymouth walked away with the Trainer’s Trophy.
Southern Titans came 4th in the Plate One final with a time of 1.37.51 (no penalties) and were tenth in the overall standings. Both are great results; getting into the plate one final on our first year is almost unheard of so here's hoping for even better results next year!
Regardless of placement, all of the participants worked extremely hard during the week to put on an excellent show in front of an audience made up of family, friends and VIPs.
Warrant Officer Stuart Clayton, the Personal Development Instructor with the RN UTC Outreach Team said: "The amount of effort required by all to build a strong and cohesive team capable of running in the event should not be underestimated. We saw courage, determination and plenty of ‘can do’ attitude from the students during the course of the week, values which the RN takes great pride in within our serving personnel."