The man who was once Sheffield’s youngest mayor now has another claim to fame – he’s now the oldest person to complete a tough personal development training course with the Army.

Councillor Tony Damms, who was mayor of Sheffield in 1989 when he was in his early 40s, completed the three-day Exercise Executive Stretch course this month – as a 68-year-old.

Now the council’s armed forces champion is urging employers interested in the course to sign-up.

The physically-demanding course is a three-day personal and professional development course which gives delegates leadership skills as well as three days of outdoor physical activities.

Councillor Damms said: “It was a tough thing to do but as the council’s Armed Forces champion, I wanted to give it a go.

“My message to employees is that, if you’re interested, you should speak to your line manager as it’s free and gives you skills that are relevant not only to life in the armed forces, but to everyday life as well.”

For more information, contact Richard Lenton at Yorkshire & The Humber RFCA on 01904 637929 or


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