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Public Service students celebrate win at Dave Earle Youth Challenge

19th Feb 2024

Abingdon & Witney College’s Public Service students are celebrating a triumphant win, as they have won the Dave Earle Youth Challenge; an intercollege competition held at RAF Halton.

The competition, formerly known as the Mark Webber Challenge, is held by Dave Earle MBE, an award-winning youth leader and former champion boxer. Dave is head coach and owner of Spit’n’Sawdust, a boxing stable and fitness club which is known for the positive role it provides, and its’ success in reshaping the lives of youths experiencing social challenges.

The intercollege competition is a brilliant opportunity for our students on the Public Service course to put the skills they have learned on the course to the test as they compete against nine colleges for the Dave Earle Youth Challenge Cup.

Students take part in fitness, planning, and problem-solving tasks which test their communication skills, teamwork, and physical abilities. The tasks are timed, and the students are individually assessed by RAF personnel as to how well they follow each brief and complete each challenge.

Will Williams, Public Service Lecturer, proudly shared the success of his students who represented the College and how he had carefully selected the ten competing students. Will ensured an equal split of boys and girls with representation across all our course Levels; crediting this mix as the team's advantage and key to success!

Congratulations to all our Public Service students for their impressive win and brilliant demonstration of their communication, teamwork, and leadership skills.

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