‘Tanks-a-million’ for the once in a lifetime experience!

There is a massive tank in the middle of a muddy field. Ben, George and James are standing next to the tank with Alastair from the tank school. Hayden is sitting in the driver’s seat of the tank while Andrew and Ewan are standing up at the top, next to the large tank gun.

Last weekend, six of our students took part in a truly ‘once in a lifetime’ experience – a day’s tank driving in Usk, Monmouthshire. With varying degrees of sight loss, students Hayden, James, George, Ewan, Ben and Andrew took to the fun task of manoeuvring an RCM 748 Tracked Rapier tank after receiving descriptive instruction from Alastair Scott from the Tank School, where his mission is to ‘teach you to drive a tank properly’, whoever you are.


Hayden Kallay, a 19 year old ASPIRE student with Optic Atrophy, Nystagmus and Photophobia, amongst other conditions, said before the experience: “I’m interested in army stuff and never thought I would do any realistic military activities!”


Our PSO (Pastoral Support Officer) Carol Edwards said “We wanted to see what we could offer to our students that was out of the ordinary. Our students may not have the opportunity to learn how to drive like so many other college-goers but that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy one-off experiences like this; it’s something that any young person would find extraordinary!”


Ewan Waker, 19, said of the experience: “I feel really proud that I’ve done it because not many people get to drive a tank. It wasn’t that sunny, so the conditions didn’t affect my eyes much. I don’t think I could have done any better. When I came to RNC (Royal National College for the Blind), I never thought I would do anything like this and would recommend it to anyone!”


If you are interested in finding out more about our College, please call our student enquiries team on 01432 376 621 or email info@rnc.ac.uk

Article written by Anika Backhouse, PR, Publications & Outreach Officer at RNC


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