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Teamwork no obstacle for students at Sussex Downs College

Home and international students mucked in together on expedition-style challenges designed to make teamwork easier in life after college.

“Integration Day”, held last Friday and devised by World Challenge Expeditions, was designed to promote integration between different cultures and nationalities. Students at Sussex Downs College took part in large scale problem solving; from finding their way across a “swamp” to balancing a ball while navigating an assault course.

Tom Hardy, spokesperson for the expedition company, said: “This team have really integrated well. It was good to see them all in the canteen eating lunch together, rather than sitting at opposite ends of the room”.

“Hopefully, they will take the skills they learnt today into life after college. Teamwork is a part of everything,” he added.

Cross college curriculum manager Mark Allen won the training day in a competition at the Association of Colleges conference last year and helped organise the event. “The students that took part in the day will all be at the college for at least one year, so the friendships they have made today should build throughout their time at the college,” he said.

“We also have the enrichment programme, which offers weekly activities such as cookery, sport, dance and music”, he added.

The College, which is committed to promoting multi-cultural friendships, has more than 350 international and European students enrol at campuses in Lewes and Eastbourne each year.

Annabel Hardy.

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