Walsall Youth Team Train At RAF Shawbury

By: Elaine Brand |
04/01/11 |
Walsall at RAF Shawbury

On the high ropes

Players and staff from Walsall’s Youth Team visited RAF Shawbury for a training day with a difference.

The squad visited the North Shropshire unit on Tuesday 7th December for a day of team building exercises coupled with visits to parts of the Station.

The event was organised by Sergeant Ben Borkowski of the Armed Forces Careers Office at Coventry and was designed to assist the young players in their team work.

The day included exercises on the Station high ropes course intertwined with visits to No. 60 Squadron and the Central Air Traffic Control School.

At 60 Squadron the players were given a first hand view of the Griffin helicopter used for training by the Defence Helicopter Flying School, whilst at the Central Air Traffic Control School they were shown the simulators used to train future Air Traffic Controllers including the high tech Visual Simulator.

The whole day was a huge success and an excellent link between military training and that of a professional football team.

Head of Youth Dean Smith said:

“The lads thoroughly enjoyed the day; it was eye opening for the players to enter into a different environment and see how the Royal Air Force operates. They learnt the importance of teamwork and communication and the importance placed on these aspects within the armed forces. It was a day that I feel benefitted us collectively and individually.”

Walsall Apprentices on the high ropes

Walsall Apprentices on the high ropes at RAF Shawbury