A crack team of ex-army elite from Greater Manchester is being drafted in to schools across the UK. 'Commando Joes' based in Leigh have been awarded £600,000 by the governement to help hard to reach children.
The former commando's implement military style fitness and mentoring sessions to tackle truancy, poor attendance and health inequalities in some of the country’s most deprived areas.
Funding from the Department for Education means the company can train 30 new instructors.
– Founder Mike Hamilton
I think why we engage young people so well is the instructors are all ex-military personnel – they are role models and kids look up to and aspire to be like them. When we go to a school playground children hang on every word."