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TV star’s surprise lockdown message inspires students

Published: 22nd January 2021

Television presenter and former soldier Ant Middleton, has surprised Military students from Bicton College with an inspiring video message to help them stay motivated through lockdown.

The star of TV’s SAS: Who Dares Wins and Straight Talking, the new series of which he filmed with Rebel Wilson, made the surprise gesture to students from the Military and Protective Services Academy (MAPS) at Bicton College.

The former Royal Marine turned television celebrity, sent “lots of positive vibes” to the students, urging them to “keep your heads up” and to “look to each other”.

For student Harry Sale, the optimistic message was exactly what he needed.

“The message from Ant was inspiring, I was very surprised and honoured just listening to it,” Harry explained.

“It’s a light in a not so bright time and it made us feel very happy. The Military course at Bicton College has so many amazing lecturers and industry expert connections, but this is just another level,” continued Harry.

“Knowing that someone so important to me and my peers knows about our college course and has sent his positive vibes is incredible.”

Fellow student Lucy Harwood was equally thrilled when she saw the message.

“Receiving Ant’s message was an extraordinary surprise and means a lot to know that people like Mr Middleton are wanting to motivate young people into their careers,” she said.

The Military and Protective Services Academy at Bicton College enables young people to fully explore service careers in an environment that nurtures their resilience and prepares them physically, mentally and academically for success in their service life.

“Education during the pandemic is tough work,” said Lecturer Scott Lawson.

“The mental health and wellbeing of our learners alongside the delivery of exceptional online teaching and learning is our priority. This message from Ant Middleton has a powerful meaning on so many levels for all of our amazing learners,” he continued.

“My thanks goes out to the Armed Forces Community, the Royal Marine Community and of course to Ant Middleton himself.”

Bicton College is part of The Cornwall College Group, which boasts a new, highly experienced leadership team that is committed to delivering exceptional opportunities, facilities and training to all of its learners.

For more information on the range of courses offered by Bicton College please visit or call 0330 123 4782  


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