With our reputation for delivering quality courses that set up both current, and future professionals for their fitness careers; the UK Government recently asked us to send one of our tutors to carry out a training course in the Falkland Islands, opening up new opportunities for the locals by giving them a chance to gain expertise and internationally recognised qualifications in the fitness industry.
We sent veteran fitness training tutor Lee Taylor on the journey to set the Falklanders on the right path to starting their fitness careers. Lee spent 2 days travelling to the Falklands, and his journey was quite unique, with the first leg of his lengthy journey starting at RAF Brize Norton, where he began a 6-hour flight to Cape Verde. After a brief stop to fuel up, Lee set off on the next leg of his long-winded journey – a 10-hour flight from Cape Verde to RAF Mount Pleasant on the Falklands, where he was greeted by the green scenery, weather and wide smiles that the Falklands and their people are renowned for.
Lee’s mission on the Falklands was to carry out a gym instructor course and a circuit training course to a diverse group of both locals and Chileans, to help them kick start, and further their fitness careers. Even though some trainers may find the diversity of their students a problem when it comes to delivery, Lee in fact experienced the opposite; helping his students achieve a 100% pass rate by tailoring his course delivery to receive a, “great reception” from the group of 16 to 40-year-old students.
Lee went on to say that the warm-hearted and close-knit lifestyle is evident throughout the daily lives of the Falklanders, with locals even stopping in their tracks to offer him a lift to the Capital of Stanley, where he was holding the course at the Stanley Leisure Centre.
Although the population of Falklands is only 3,398, Lee said that this definitely boosts the sense of community around the island, and this acts as a sign that the future of fitness within the island is positive, especially with their love of hockey already giving the locals an option to pursue sport.
Lee said that the community aspect of life was clearly demonstrated when he noticed that the sports centre was also connected to the local school, which allows the children to have great access to sport and the best facilities on the island, which from a health and fitness perspective is life changing, due to the lack of fitness facilities outside of Stanley.
During his 2-week trip to the Falklands, Lee was able to experience the true Falklands lifestyle by going on a number of trips and expeditions with locals and even the RAF; one of which was going off-roading with two of the students, where Lee and the two locals got in a bit of trouble when even their 4×4 couldn’t handle the tough Falklands terrain. Despite this, Lee did say the trip was an amazing experience, as it allowed him to get a very unique perspective of the islands by seeing what the locals really do for fun.