Freshers have a knockout time

A competitor pictured taking part in the East Durham College ' It's a kinockout' event.
A competitor pictured taking part in the East Durham College ' It's a kinockout' event.

NEW students got into the swing of college life when they took part in assault course fun.

First year students at East Durham College took part in a massive It’s A Knockout challenge.

Around 1,000 fresher students took part in the challenge, which was held at the college’s Peterlee campus, in Willerby Grove.

Students on different courses competed against each other in a range of challenges including massive air-filled assault courses, inflatable demolition balls, camm nets, a bungee run, paintballing as well as seven-a-side football, pancake throwing, penalty shoot-out and crossbar challenge.

Army recruitment teams from Catterick, Newcastle and the Rifles, Durham, helped to run the event and also supplied a number of pieces of apparatus.

Rose Fraser, from the college, who helped to organise the day, said: “We are extremely grateful to the Army for taking the time to help put on such a high quality event.

“The kit they brought and activities they ran really helped to make the day one to remember.”

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Hodgson said: “We are very happy to be involved with the college and the event was extremely beneficial for us too.

“The students were great and really entering into the spirit of it.”

Principal Stuart Wesselby presented the prizes and told students: “I hope you all had a great day and enjoy yourselves.

“I was really impressed with the effort you showed and it looked like you had a cracking day.

“Well done to everyone.”

The Best Overall Team went to construction, with team member Domenic Plant, 16 from Horden, winning a free parachute jump for the Best Individual Award.

Other winners were Level 1 Care for Best Sportsmanship, Catering for Best Pancake Tossing, Team East Durham Sport for Best Shooting and Elite Football for Faster Assault Course Time.