First up was a live interview on the local British Forces Broadcasting Service radio, where the guys took part in a fun Q&A style interview before being put through their paces with some tricky pub quiz questions.
The boys being interviewed by ‘Humph’ on the local forces radio station
However the pressure really came on when the team moved off to visit the local primary school which just happened to be having their school sports day. The first activity for the ambassadors was to run the first leg of the school 75m relay race. After some serious stretching off by our Olympian 400m relay gold medallist the starting gun fired and the race was on. There are no prizes for guessing who came first but HP had to buy the beers that evening for bringing up the rear!! The rest of morning was spent with the children.
The ambassadors took part in their school assembly and then visited every classroom in the school to speak with the children, sign pictures, hats and tee shirts for them.
Just when the ambassadors thought the visits couldn’t get any better it did, with an unexpected tour around the ‘Top Secret’ on base American organisation. After a demonstration of a pressurised flying suit, which was very similar to the spacesuits worn by astronauts, and the opportunity to eat some purified space food, the ambassadors were bundled off into a ‘chase car’ and driven down the runway at high speed to watch up-close the landing recovery of a U-2 spy plane!
The afternoon was completed with the guys doing what they do best, playing rugby and coaching. The youth section at the on-base Flamingo’s Rugby Club turned out in force to meet the ambassadors and run about the field with them.