Royal Marines Put Rugby Players Through Their Paces

The Royal Marines returned to Princethorpe on Wednesday 19 September to run a training session for the College’s Year 11 Rugby players. The Marines are well known for their arduous fitness programmes, so Princethorpe’s pupils had to show both their strength and stamina as they were put through their paces.

Disappointingly, extreme winds forced the training session to be relocated inside but the Marines adapted their programmes and all who took part had a fun, if exhausting, time.

The boys started with a warm up and quickly realised that they did not want to be the last to finish. They then moved on to team building exercises that challenged them to complete tasks using their initiative as much as their physical fitness. They took part in physical exercises such as a tug-of-war, as well as problem solving tasks including how to get your team from one side of the gym to the other without touching the floor. They threw themselves into every challenge with enthusiasm and good humour, quickly grasping that they had to push themselves beyond where they thought they could go, so as not to let down their team mates.

The visiting Marines, Tyler Jones and Marc Fernandez, commented, “The boys have worked well together, throwing themselves fully into the tasks.”

The training session gave a great insight into how teamwork and commitment are important for all walks of life. The boys had a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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