EuroSkills 2018: Team UK arrive in Budapest

Team UK are “super excited” to have today landed in Hungary ahead EuroSkills 2018.

The 22 competitors flew nearly 1,000 miles to Budapest from Luton airport at roughly 9am this morning and spent the rest of the day touring the city centre before heading to the capital’s stunning houses of parliament.

FE Week caught up with a couple of Team UK’s competitors a few hours after landing to find out how the camp is feeling.

“The team feeling is great, it really makes you want to go for the competition,” said heavy truck maintenance contender Kieran Leyland.

“We’ve got familiarisation tomorrow to see what equipment we’re going to be using and the specifics on the tasks we’ll be doing before competing Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.”

Asked if he will be going for gold, Kieran added: “Yeah definitely. You’ve got to do your best and see how it comes out in the end.”

Floristry competitor Elizabeth Newcombe said she and her teammates are “super excited” and “can’t wait to get into the competition”.

“I’m ready to go for it and give it everything I’ve got,” she added.

“[In the build to the competiton] I will be going over my notes, sketches, get everything ready to go and get into the right mindset.

“I’m hoping to get gold. Let’s see what happens.”

The team will look to get in an early night tonight ahead of their familiarisation day tomorrow, where they can scout out the competition floor at the HUNGEXPO Budapest exhibition centre.

Later that evening EuroSkills Budapest will host the opening ceremony before competitions start on Wednesday (September 26).

The tournament will conclude on Friday with the closing ceremony held the day after where results will be revealed.

FE Week is media partner and will be covering the competition every step of the way. Follow us on Twitter @feweek using the hashtags #TeamUK and #euroskillsbudapest2018.

Team UK prepare to fly to Budapest at Luton airport