Adam Roberts

Adam Roberts

I am Corporal Adam Roberts, currently serving as a Royal Air Force Physical Training Instructor (PTI) at RAF Shawbury, Shropshire. I am also about to embark on the RAF Adventure Training Instructor specialisation in the Scottish Highlands.

Where did it all start? I was an extremely keen track and cross-country runner in my teenage years, along with being an outdoor enthusiast. I had just completed my Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition award and knew main stream school, and A levels, were not for me. I completed a BTEC National Diploma in Sport and Outdoor Activities at college and knew higher education was the key to unlocking the next, and in hindsight, many doors.

UWTSD, BA Outdoor Education offered me an excellent opportunity to gain a degree in a subject that I love. I knew a degree paired with a bit of hard work gaining outdoor pursuit NGB’s meant I would be able to compete for many sought after outdoor jobs.

UWTSD, BA Outdoor Education has given me many fond memories of spectacular expeditions, a group of lifelong mates who to this day are still my best mates and solid contacts with lecturers who I know that are on hand for advice if I ever needed to pick up the phone.

The best expedition whilst studying at UWTSD was a canoe expedition in Scotland, paddling with friends in a demanding environment in the sea and Lochs of North West Scotland. Sleeping under the stars and tarpaulins and not seeing anyone else for at least 5 days. The wildlife and landscape was awesome along with being a great physical challenge. This for me is still a cherished experience in the fast dwindling true British wilderness.

Part of the degree was to plan your own adventure expedition, going through the process of designing, completing all the administrative work and then leading my expedition - The National 3 Peaks Challenge. This was not only another highlight of the degree but something which has stood me in good stead for my current role, designing and completing the admin for RAF Adventure Training expeditions.

The military is not for everyone, but with my determined nature and love for fitness and the outdoors I knew the lifestyle would suit me. Since leaving UWTSD becoming an RAF Adventure Training Instructor has always been my goal. It sounds a cliché, but getting into the RAF as a PTI was only possible through setting goals and putting my all into achieving them, overcoming any barriers or setbacks I experienced along the way.

From a track runner who only ever wanted to run and be in the mountains, completing a degree has given me a helping hand to achieve my dream job combining the outdoors with fitness. 2017 sees me achieve my goal and on successful completion of the Adventure Training Course I will qualify as an RAF PTI Adventure Training Instructor. I will be eternally grateful for the opportunities I experienced at UWTSD. They set me firmly on my chosen career path and gave me so many fond memories.