Pupils awarded for aviation project inspired by Red Arrows

Glenmoor and Winton Federated Trust The scheme aims to build confidence and give pupils new skills

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The first students to have completed an aviation-themed project inspired by a Red Arrows pilot have been presented with awards.

Twenty 13-15-year-old pupils from Glenmoor and Winton Academies in Bournemouth took part in the Jon Egging Trust's Blue Skies Programme.

The tasks completed were aimed at building confidence and self-belief.

Jon Egging, 33, died when his Hawk T1 jet crashed following a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival in 2011.

The students were mentored by "inspirational individuals" through a series of problem solving and team working sessions at venues including a test pilots' school at Boscombe Down, the National Air Traffic Control Services centre at Swanwick and HMS Collingwood.

They also earned credits towards a BTEC in Work Skills.

'Teamwork and support'

Fl Lt Egging's widow Emma said the students had "achieved a great deal" during the programme.

"Their confidence has improved immeasurably and the teamwork and leadership skills and the experiences they have had will stay with them forever," she added.

Student Bradley Kendrick said: "This has taught me that without teamwork and support, it is difficult to reach your end goal."

Following his death, the Jon Egging Trust was set up by Dr Emma Egging, his mother Dawn, childhood friend James Godley and fellow pilot Ben Plank.

The Glenmoor and Winton Academies have also named their main hall after Fl Lt Egging.

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