College teams to compete in first-ever Desert Rats competition

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Two teams of public services students from Loughborough College will compete in the first-ever inter-college competition which aims to give learners a taste of life in the Army.

The Desert Rat College Competition, organised by the famous ‘Desert Rats’ – also known as the 7th Infantry Brigade – will put the College’s eight-student teams through their paces with a series of challenges.

As well as pitting their wits against other colleges, second year students on the College’s Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Public Services will learn the value of teamwork and working outside of their comfort zone.

The competition will be held at Chilwell Barracks on 23rd September 2021.

Tim Turner, Curriculum Manager for Public Services at Loughborough College, said: “This is a fantastic enrichment opportunity for our students to get up close and personal with the Army and to experience some of the training and tasks recruits have to go through.

“We have very strong teams who were very keen to volunteer to take part and I’m sure they will do very well, no matter who they come up against during the competition.”

It is the first time the Desert Rats have organised the competition which is part of the brigade’s community engagement work.

The 7th Armoured Division was an armoured division of the British Army that saw distinguished active service during World War II, where its exploits in the Western Desert Campaign gained it the Desert Rats nickname.

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