IT WAS a day filled with pride for the students and staff of Portsmouth’s Military Preparation College.
The Hilsea-based college hosted a demonstration and presentation day giving students a chance to show off their physical fitness and teamwork skills.
Awards were also given out to dozens of students for their hard work and achievements at the school.
Shannon Morgan, 16, won three awards, for Best Turnout, Player’s Player and also Recognition of Achievement.
Shannon said she was proud of herself and the college.
She said: ‘To come to this college and to get awards for being so dedicated and motivated is very special.
It shows that we all make and effort in the college and try hardDemi Hill
‘It shows I’ve done well.’
Another award winner, Demi Hill, 17 said: ‘It shows that we all make an effort in the college and try hard’.
Portsmouth North MP and armed forces minister Penny Mordaunt was among the guests at the presentation day.
Ms Mordaunt said she was impressed to see how the college had moved ahead.
She said: ‘The training that people undergo here is incredibly demanding, physically, mentally and emotionally.
‘This is a really great preparation for people who are looking for a career in the armed forces.
‘It’s been wonderful to meet some of the students here and their families, and some of the armed forces that are supporting this initiative.
‘I’m very proud of them and proud it’s taking place in our city.’
The college’s founder and managing director Huw Lewis said he was delighted to welcome guests to the college.
He said: ‘These award ceremonies are a chance for our learners to showcase their fitness and teamwork skills, and be publicly recognised for their fantastic achievements in front of their families and local VIPs.’
Other award-winners included Kieran Thomas, 16, named Most Improved Learner and Jordan Elliot-Smith, who won the Physical Training title. Tom Davies, 17, won a Functional Skills award, and John Martin won a Most Promising Learner award.