…and got offered a job!
Yeah you read that right, but let me start at the beginning.
Our day as aspiring 007s began at Spy Games HQ – a large warehouse in the middle of a field. I can’t tell you where it was because that is classified information.
Oh ok, it was just outside of Milton Keynes.
Anyway, as we entered the Spy Games HQ with our fellow James Bond wannabes, we were promptly divided into 3 groups of around 14 (although the academy does have a larger capacity). Each group was to then rotate between the different activities, spending around an hour at each.
First up, axe throwing and laser tag battle. Our group of 14 was then split into two, half of us doing axe throwing and half doing a laser tag shooting battle and then switching over at half time.
The laser tag battle involved using laser guns and running around piles of tyres and abandoned trucks and caravans with the aim of shooting your fellow spies out of the game. I sadly lost 9 of my 10 lives fairly quickly but I managed to cling onto my last life until it was game over and I was only 1 of 3 left standing.
When it came to the axe throwing part of our Spy Academy training, first we were shown pistol draw techniques with dummy pistols and then we were taught how to throw axes into a wooden board. The axes don’t look how you would imagine them to, these axes were more like a star shape on the end of a pole – kind of like a deadly sharp metallic fairy wand. Axe throwing was not my strong point but our teacher was really humourous and lively.
Out of the elements and into the warehouse, we were taught about bugs and surveillance gadgets. We were told stories from real ex-SAS men and we learnt about all the possible places you could hide a camera – from coffee cups to smoke alarms etc. In fact we had several hidden cameras watching us as we sat there!
After that, we then were taught unarmed combat and some basic self defence. Although the Spy Academy instructors do stress that what you learn there is for entertainment purposes only and not to leave there thinking you’re some kind of superhero.
Again, we were divided into 2 groups of 7, me being the only girl in the group this time. We used airsoft machine guns and were challenged to run up a stretch of ground yelling our heads off while shooting wooden targets with mean looking characters painted onto them. This was really fun but so tiring!! I’m not sure if it was the screaming or the running that wore me out first!
We also got the chance to shoot targets with sniper rifles. We had a couple of burly men show us how to do it and then we were given 5 small pellets to shoot our targets with. Once we had shot all 5 bullets, the men checked our targets and asked “who’s on lane 6?”. I raised my hand. The guy gave me a surprised look and shook my hand. I had managed to score two bullseyes (10 points), two shots in the 9 point circle and one shot in the 8 point circle.
He then called his colleague over who asked me if I wanted a job. Haha! I think I took them by surprise as I don’t think they expected the tiny blonde girl to beat 6 blokes at such a macho task! I was feeling pretty proud of myself because, you don’t understand, I am literally good at nothing, especially anything vaguely sporty.
And that pretty much sums up our day at Spy Academy! At least I can be safe in the knowledge that if the zombie apocalypse ever happens, as long as I have a sniper rifle and a safe vantage point, I can pretend I am Sasha from The Walking Dead! RAAA!