First instructors graduate at new Army School of Physical Training in Grantham

Lt Col Macdonald inspects the soldiers on their pass off parade after completion of their Physical Training Instructor Course. Photo: Corporal Luisa Scott RLC UNCLASSIFIED
Lt Col Macdonald inspects the soldiers on their pass off parade after completion of their Physical Training Instructor Course. Photo: Corporal Luisa Scott RLC UNCLASSIFIED
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The new Army School of Physical Training has proved itself fighting fit as the first group of instructors graduated.

Twenty physical training instructors marched off the parade at Prince William of Gloucester Barracks, Grantham, having successfully completed the All Arms Physical Training Instructors course.

This was the first Pass Off Parade at the School following its relocation from Sennelager, Germany.

The soldiers from a wide range of cap badges, including the Royal Artillery and Royal Dragoon Guards, were inspected by the Commanding Officer of the Army School of Physical Training, Lieutenant Colonel (Master at Arms) Keith McDonald and Major Gary Pugh, the Second-in-Command of Army Training Regiment (Grantham).

The intensive eight-week course which is both theoretical and practical, is designed to test everything from leadership, comradeship and enthusiasm to endurance, team work and physical ability.

The physical capabilities of the soldiers were tested from day one and included an entrance test that had to be passed in order to continue the course. It included completing 50 press-ups and 60 sit-ups in two-minutes, immediately followed by an aerobic test that saw the students having to complete a 2.4-kilometre run in under nine minutes and 30-seconds.

The soldiers will now return to their respective units to work as Physical Training Instructors. Some may also be assigned to training establishments.

Lt Col McDonald said: “I am very proud to be here today. This parade marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the Army School of Physical Training. All the soldiers on parade can be proud of what they have achieved.”

Army School of Physical Training instructors are responsible for all aspects of physical training and fitness of soldiers which includes the preparation of soldiers on operations across the globe.