School pupils take on commando assault course as teachers attempt to toughen them up


Blackleaf
#1
Never mind all that aerobics, badminton or netball nonsense.

Pupils at a school in Coventry have a REAL Physical Education lesson.

The kids, aged 10 to 12, have to run a gruelling army commando assault course of barbed wire, swamps and even fire.

The course is normally taken on by military personnel in an annual 'Tough Guy' competition.

More than 100 pupils from Woodlands School and Sports College in Coventry were forced to undertake the three-and-a-half-mile assault course in Staffordshire as teachers wanted to toughen them up a bit.

The most extreme PE lesson ever: Pupils take on commando assault course as teachers aim to 'toughen them up'


By Daily Mail Reporter (external - login to view)
13th May 2009
Daily Mail

Forget pommel horses and gym mats, these schoolchildren have endured the ultimate PE lesson - a gruelling army commando assault course of barbed wire, swamps and fire dubbed 'the world's hardest endurance test'.

The terrifying course - normally taken on by military personnel in an annual 'Tough Guy' competition - was completed by pupils aged 10 to 12 as part of a PE lesson from hell.

More than 100 pupils from Woodlands School and Sports College, Coventry, were split up into six teams and challenged to the three-and-half-mile Tough Man Challenge across farmland in Perton, Staffordshire.


The toughest lesson: A pupil from Woodlands School and Sports College in Coventry completes the three-and-a-half-mile endurance course

Every January, adult contestants from around the country are challenged to compete in sub-zero conditions at the annual Tough Guy event, a gruelling race that pushes even the hardiest of competitors the brink of endurance, and sometimes causing bone-crunching injuries.

The daunting course challenges the field, normally made up army personnel, to trawl over eight miles of farmland and includes climbing walls, barbed wire and an electrified fence called 'The Tiger'.

In an effort to toughen up children from Woodlands School teachers decided to put them though their paces on a similar course.

Exhausting: The 100 pupils brave mud, water and fire to complete the course, during the hardest lesson of their lives

Shivarni Carter, art teacher and tutor at the school, said: 'They all really struggled with the horrible conditions and hated climbing up ropes in the driving wind and swimming through concrete tunnels in freezing weather.

'They all worked as a team and as a PE lesson this was really important as it taught them all lessons about helping each other to complete the course.

'Lots of the kids were helping the weaker guys over the line, it was great to see.

'I'm sure it is something that everyone would like to do, I certainly would have loved to do something like this when I was at school.'

Billy Wilson, spokesman for Tough Guy, said the children's' course was shorter than the eight-mile adult version, but was otherwise identical.

He said: 'The only changes we have made for the kids is reducing the distance from eight miles to three and a half.

'We wanted to make sure that they experience the same challenges as the adults, just over a shorter distance.

'We are using all of the original obstacles because we really want them to break a sweat.

'They wont be avoiding coal trenches or the swamps, we wanted them to walk through the fire and to get submerged in the water.'

Mum Claire Greening, whose son Sam, 12, completed the course, said: 'What is a normally a bit of a mundane experience, is now something for them to look forward to and is something that will teach them much more interesting lessons.

'It gives them all the opportunity to try something else for once and will hopefully toughen them up.'

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EagleSmack
#2
Wait a minute... Is that a guy in a super hero suit in that picture?

What a bunch of dorks!
 
EagleSmack
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

Exhausting: The 100 pupils brave mud, water and fire to complete the course, during the hardest lesson of their lives



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100 pupils and one guy in a super hero outfit!
 

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