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Public services students are ‘lions of England’

Public Services students at Tameside College are celebrating victory in the Duke of Lancaster regiment’s annual ‘lions of England’ competition.

The competition, which pits colleges from across the north west of England against one another in a series of challenges, takes place every year at Altcar Training Camp, near Formby.

Eight students from the college took part in the competition, which included an obstacle course, command tasks, bridge building, hazardous waste simulation, simulated shooting competition and battlefield tactics.

Andrew Dixon, public services teacher at Tameside College, said: “I am very proud of the students for taking first place in this prestigious competition. The British Army host Tameside College for two days each year for the competition and ‘look at life’ course and we’re really grateful to them for this fantastic opportunity. The students all worked very hard, were professional and did the college proud so a big well done to them.”

To prepare for the competition students took part in an army ‘look at life’ course during their visit, culminating in a night time field exercise, led by soldiers from the Duke of Lancaster regiment’s 4th battalion.

The Duke of Lancaster regiment was formed in 2006 and is a specialised infantry regiment capable of deploying anywhere in the world. It can trace its roots back to 1680 and its soldiers are known as the ‘lions of England’, where the competition name originates from.

To find out more about public services courses at Tameside College, visit or call 0161 908 6600.

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