On 8 Sep 21 the Physical Training Instructors at the Finlay Gymnasium set out on a ten hour drive up to Grantown-on-Spey in the Scottish Highlands for a week of Force Development. The planning process was as simple as booking through the Eagles schemes website on MOD SharePoint, filling out documentation and contacting Military Transport. 

As a group we took part in the Caledonia Eagle, a training package tailored to the needs of personnel. The activities for this programme are agreed on arrival, considering weather and water conditions. Grantown Force Development Centre provided a fantastic week of activities including two days mountain biking on the Scottish trails, canoeing and kayaking on Loch Insh and outdoor climbing on the coast of Cummingston beach. We were also made aware that we could have selected mountaineering, gorge walking and skiing in the winter. 

We were lucky to experience great weather all week. Each evening we were welcomed back to the centre where we shared stories from the day and enjoyed a tasty cooked meal. The highly experienced Force Development Instructors were extremely knowledgeable and ensured that we got as much as we could out of our trip, the aim of which was to develop skills such as leadership, communication, management, teamwork & resilience. The group decided that the highlight of the week was being able to get outdoors and push themselves on the rocky mountain bike trails. 

Cairngorm National Park created an enjoyable and meaningful atmosphere which helped the staff reflect on a successful year of continuing with phase one training through the global pandemic. Overall, the trip was a huge success that built on vital military skills and created amazing memories. If you would like to get involved in the many eagle schemes that the military has to offer, do not hesitate to contact your station PTI for more details. 

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