Aviation students crowned 'step' champions
Stepping up to a challenge is what we do best here at Trafford College – with 12 aviation students literally taking to their feet to walk the equivalent distance from Manchester to Rome over five weeks to win the College’s inter-departmental fitness competition.
The learners are no strangers to going the distance, travelling from places like Bury, the Peak District and Salford to study Travel and Tourism with The Trafford College Group - the only educational institution to offer specialist courses in aviation in Greater Manchester.
Second year student Adam Wood, contributed to the total by switching to walking from getting the bus, helping three of his classmates Henry White, Luke Scott and Ben Lee, reach an impressive 1157.36km.
This figure was added to 1150.28km, clocked up by eight first year students, to crown the Travel and Tourism department the overall winners of Trafford College’s Steps Challenge.
Ben said: “I plan to apply to join the RAF when I leave College and a fitness test forms part of the interview process, so I was more than happy to be involved. I actually recorded most of my steps doing my part time job in Asda!
“I would encourage all students to take part in fitness challenges like this to look after their health, particularly during lockdown.”
Prizes up for grabs for each participating student in the winning team were Amazon gift cards.
Trafford College’s Project Lead for Sport England, Leah Greig, said: “Well done to all of the students who took part in our Steps Challenge! We designed this task to get everyone on their feet during the national lockdown and create a bit of healthy competition between departments as a fun way of looking after ourselves, physically and mentally.
“Many thanks to Travel and Tourism aviation tutors Helen Taylor and Colette Ryder who kept these students motivated. Well done everyone for showing such keen interest!”
Congratulations also go to first year Aviation Operations students who supported the department to reach the total: Lewis Clarke, Jack Parker, Nathan Seshie, Jack James, Holly Tomlinson, Charlie Neild, Ellie Budenberg and Michael Chapman.