A fitness instructor who played for Stoke City as a youth will appear on the latest series of a hit TV show.
Jamie Cartwright, from Newcastle, is one of the competitors featuring on military training series SAS: Who Dares Wins.
The Channel 4 show, which sees ex-Special Forces soldiers put a group of recruits through a tough series of mental and physical tests, returns to our screens tonight (May 9).
Jamie, aged 41, was delighted to get the call to say he had been chosen to appear on the programme. He said: “I couldn’t believe it when I got the call to say I’d made the final group.
“I can’t say what happened, but what I will say is the show is both brutal and brilliant and, given the circumstances, I’m exceptionally proud of what I achieved.”
Jamie joined Stoke City as a scholar at the age of 16, under Lou Macari, and spent five years in football. He runs BOX12, a fitness studio that combines ‘functional fitness’ and boxing, in Higherland, Newcastle.
He said: “It was hugely competitive joining Stoke City as a young 16-year-old, wrestling for position with the other scholars. It did, however, ensure you grew up quickly and there was no place for weakness – it was either sink or swim.
“The five years I spent in football really helped me to prepare for the TV show. I felt there were going to be huge parallels between both scenarios.”
Filming for the show took place last year in remote areas of the Scottish Highlands. The recruits had to isolate for 10 days in a hotel prior to meeting, due to Covid-19 regulations, before the gruelling process began.
Jamie said: “The experience is brutal and while I’d watched every previous series to try and prepare, you simply can’t get close to the living hell you are subjected to.
“The constant and persistent heightened state of stress, sleep and food deprivation, combined with the show’s huge tasks all under the microscope of the cameras makes for a concoction most can’t handle.”
The sixth series of SAS: Who Dares Wins will feature its usual chief instructor Ant Middleton, as it was filmed before he was axed by Channel 4 in March. The first episode airs today (Sunday, May 9) at 9pm.
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