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Robyn Longden

Robyn prepares for competition on a world stage

Talented Level 3 Floristry student Robyn Longden has been long listed for the WorldSkills UK squad 2017. WorldSkills is a global, Olympics style competition which showcases the skills and value of young professionals in vocational industries.

Robyn’s talent was spotted during a strong performance in the WorldSkills UK national finals last November.  Potential team members from a wide range of backgrounds, from aeronautical engineering to jewellery making, are now on a programme of training. Those finally selected for Team UK will contest the next WorldSkills finals in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

Reaseheath College's Assistant Principal  Jo Maher leads training activities with WorldSkills UK long squad

Reaseheath College’s Assistant Principal Jo Maher leads training activities with WorldSkills UK long squad

We hope that Robyn will follow in the footsteps of former Reaseheath horticulture student Matt Beesley, who, with fellow team member Jonathan Gill from Northern Ireland, won Team UK’s first ever medal in landscape gardening at the WorldSkills final in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2015.

Robyn’s training began with a motivational training camp attended by 160 talented young people from across the country. Three Reaseheath staff members, including Assistant Principal Jo Maher, played key roles in the camp by delivering interactive psychology sessions.

Robyn Longden

Robyn Longden

Jo Maher has been supporting Team UK as their Performance Psychologist since WorldSkills Leipzig in 2013 and travelled with Team UK to Brazil last summer.

Here we join Robyn on her journey….

Our training weekend started off with a presentation telling us about what to expect and congratulating us on making it through to the UK squad.

On Saturday we had to carry out a number of teamwork activities including climbing through a spider’s web made out of string, testing our reactions and even playing darts while sitting down.

Sunday began with Zumba at 6.30 am. During the day we got to know our mentors and found out more about the training we will be receiving.

This weekend was all about making new friends and getting to know the people in the squad and also meeting the people that will be supporting us along the way in our bid to compete against the rest of the world in Abu Dhabi.