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Singing principal records EuroSkills tribute

After Team UK won four medals in Budapest, Ian Pryce has taken to the studio to record a version of George Ezra's hit

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After Team UK won four medals in Budapest, Ian Pryce has taken to the studio to record a version of George Ezra's hit

It is just over a week since Team UK returned from EuroSkills Budapest 2018, having won three bronze medals and one gold medal, as well as seven medallions of excellence.

The team's performance secured the UK a top 10 spot in the rankings. And now it has also made them the subject of the latest song by Bedford College principal and singer Ian Pryce. In Budapest – a cover of George Ezra’s hit of the same name – he lauds the performance of Team UK’s 22 competitors and their support team.

'We're good at what we do'

“They gave us many reasons why we should be so proud of them all,” Mr Pryce sings. “We didn’t beat the Russians, that don’t mean much. You made us happy, beating Belgians and the Dutch. Our 22…beat Denmark too.”

“Further education gets criticised,” he continues. “But when we do so well, we’re not surprised. So why are you? We’re good at what we do.”

This is not the first time Mr Pryce has used FE as a musical inspiration. Last year, he tweaked one of Dolly Parton's best-known hits and turned it into an appeal to then education secretary Justine Greening for more FE funding. And earlier this year, he changed Katy Perry's Roar into a tribute to AoC president Alison Birkinshaw. 

To mark GCSE results day, he also recorded a cover of the Village People’s YMCA in an unlikely tribute to colleges’ work to support students on GCSE resits in English and maths

 

Budapest: the full lyrics

They went to Budapest

Got medals on their chest

Three bronze and one gold medal

And 9th place in the table

UK had a ball

We need to understand

What they’ve achieved

Joanne the team coach

Taught them to believe

And so team UK had a ball

They gave us many reasons why we should be so proud of them all

We didn’t beat the Russians, that don’t mean much

You made us happy, beating Belgians and the Dutch

Our 22 beat Denmark too

Our average point score, beat Germany

Our team had strength in depth, we just need more money

If you invest, we’ll beat the best

And give you more good reasons why we should be so proud of them all

So what’s your superpower? We should be told

Holly Mae’s a beauty therapist, she won the gold

Seven medallions they’re bringing back

On top of bronzes for Ross, Gavin, Danny and Jack

Their dreams came true, next time it could be you

They gave us many reasons why we should be so proud of them all

Further education gets criticised

But when we do so well, we’re not surprised

So why are you? We’re good at what we do

We’ve given you a reason to say that you are proud of us all

They gave us many reasons why we would be so proud of them all

They went to Budapest

 

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