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Body armour donation set to boost public services students’ skills

Reaseheath College has been donated a sample bulletproof vest from SafeGuard Clothing – a leading international manufacturer and distributor of body armour.

The vest was donated to offer our public services students the opportunity to experience the latest advances in bulletproof equipment as they complete the practical aspects of their course. The vest will provide a useful tool to demonstrate to students the types of equipment they can expect to be working with later in their careers.

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Mastering the assault course…day three!

Public services students Kerri Hall and Beth Cooper take us through the third day of insights into army life at Swynnerton Army Training Camp.

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Army life…day two

Joe Nesbitt take us through day two of a look at army life at Swynnerton Army Training Camp..!

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A insight to life into life in the army…day one

Level 3 Public Services students have been taking a look at what life is like in the armed forces. Read our blog posts from different members of our class reflecting on our week to see how we got on. We’re kicking off with an update from Becky Jones!

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Study tour to Normandy for public services students

Last term Level 3 Public Services students travelled to Normandy, France as part of a 4-day study tour. The trip was organised by Lecturer and Course Manager Liam Salt and accompanied on the tour were both Toni Evans and Greg Houghton.

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Students make a wheely good impression for Tour of Britain!

Reaseheath College sports performance, adventure sports and public services students made a special effort to mark British Cycling’s Tour of Britain by getting involved in a giant piece of aerial artwork alongside the competitors’ route.

About 80 students formed the moving wheels of a 100 foot long bicycle laid out on a field opposite the college’s main entrance on the Worleston Road, just outside Nantwich. The event was timed to coincide as the elite athletes, who included Sir Bradley Wiggins, passed the college during Stage Three of the prestigious road cycling event.

Liam Salt, a Reaseheath Sports Performance course manager and keen cyclist himself, organised the aerial artwork after seeing similar events marking premier international competitions abroad.

Students from Reaseheath sports department form a giant cycle as riders in the Tour of Britain pass the college’s entrance

Students from Reaseheath sports department form a giant cycle as riders in the Tour of Britain pass the college’s entrance

He said: “This was the students’ first day at college and it was a great opportunity for them to take part in a team building activity with a difference. Reaseheath’s Farm manager Mark Roue kindly gave us permission to use the field and also allowed us to use plastic haylage wrap to make the bike frame.

“Awareness of all types of sport is growing thanks to the Rio Olympics and it was a great way for the students to be part of a premier event. The aerial artwork looked amazing and was an exciting activity to mark the race as it passed through Cheshire.”

Watch our video to see the aerial artwork in action!

 

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Student lend a hand to Cheshire Police!

A group of second year public services students supported Cheshire Constabulary in a public disorder scenario/simulation at Cheshire Police Headquarters in Winsford on Friday 17th June 2016.

This scenario was broadcast live during Episode 9 of the Crimewatch Roadshow aired on BBC One. The purpose of this simulation was for the Cheshire Police to demonstrate new technology that they have implemented when dealing with public disorder (riots, protests etc). The technology allows the police to set command zones and implement strategies from external points (providing key information to the ground and instructions to bring the disorder to a positive and safe conclusion) and also to record live evidence that can be used in a court of law if required.

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Students along with members of the Cheshire Constabulary created a public disorder this was controlled by the police on the ground at Winsford through the instructions that were being fed live from Cardiff.

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Crewe Alex Ladies are Cheshire County Cup finalists!

Reaseheath public services lecturer and Crewe Alex Ladies FC Manager Liam Salt praised his team on their recent match day performance.

The squad earned a 3-2 victory over Ellesmere Port Town in the Cheshire County Cup semi-final after Beth Ragdale scored in extra time.

Beth secured Crewe Alex Ladies’ position in the cup final by scoring the winning goal with just eight minutes left on the clock.

Manager Liam Salt described the match as a true test of character and a huge accomplishment for the Alex first team.

Director of football Nick Pearce said: “It was one of our toughest challenges of the season.”

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Crewe Alex Ladies FC

Current Reaseheath public services student and Crewe Alex goalkeeper Kara Townsend put in an excellent performance, pulling off two saves early in the match. Also part of the first team are former Reaseheath sports students Kerry Green (centre half) and Lydia Hooley (centre midfield).

Crewe Alex Ladies will now face Warrington Ladies FC in the Cheshire County Cup final taking place on 20th April.

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Dedicated Cheshire police cadet Bethany graduates!

Congratulations to our Level 3 Public Services student Bethany Wood who has recently graduated from the Cheshire Police Cadets after 2 years of service.

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Bethany Wood Level 3 Public Services student with her police cadet graduation certificate

Currently in the final year of her public services course, Bethany is a consistently proactive and dedicated student.

As a police cadet Bethany supported the Cheshire Police headquarters (Winsford) with numerous open day events, talks and presentations about the police cadets programme – all helping to promote the programme and recruit new cadets.

Bethany was heavily involved in the Cheshire Police stand at The Cheshire Show last year, seeing her work alongside other cadets to set up the stand, which displayed a tent mocked up to look like a crime scene. Throughout the show members of the public were invited on to the stand to have a go at solving different crimes. Bethany took on the role as lead investigating officer asking the public who they thought the criminal was.

Aside from the police cadets Bethany helps to deliver football coaching sessions at Sandbach Football Club and she’s also volunteered at a local pre-school and a primary school – just a few of the hundreds of different activities that Betty has completed!

If you see her around the campus, please say well done!

What’s next for Bethany? After completing her Level 3 qualification she’s off to pursue a degree in Policing and Criminal Investigation at University of Chester.

 

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Alder Hey Children’s Charity say a big thank you!

When tasked to ‘make a difference’, students on Reaseheath College’s Level 3 Diploma in Public Services course chose to bring joy to children whose illnesses kept them in hospital over Christmas.

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They focused on helping young patients at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, one of the country’s leading specialist hospitals, and donated well over £300 worth of Christmas presents. A committee, elected by course members, organised the whole activity including contacting the hospital, communicating with relevant departments, advertising their campaign, collecting donations and adding presents themselves. They then organised a visit to the hospital to deliver the gifts.

After receiving the gifts, Alder Hey Children’s Charity Director Clare Wright wrote to the college to say thank you to students and staff.

An extract from the letter : “On behalf of all our young patients, their families and staff here at Alder Hey, I would like to thank you for your very kind donation of various Christmas gifts for the children at Alder Hey. We really appreciate your help and support. Your support is a truly remarkable thing and really will make a lasting difference.”