APRIL 21ST 2017
Montsaye Academy CCF celebrates affiliation
A Cadet Force contingent based in a Rothwell school has officially affiliated with an Army Reserve Regiment to mark its first year as an independent unit.
Montsaye Academy Combined Cadet Force (CCF) held its Affiliation Parade at the Greening Road school on Thursday, 20 April.
The ceremony marked the official link of the CCF and 104 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
It was attended by the Commanding Officer, 104 Battalion REME, Lieutenant Colonel Alan Smith who presented the members of the contingent with a beret.
Cadets took the lead in the ceremony and then showcased skills they’ve learnt including drill, weapon handling and leadership.
Members of 104 Battalion also brought military vehicles and equipment for the cadets to look at.
Adult volunteer Lt Peter Leaver is Contingent Commander of Montsaye CCF and also the Strategic Business Manager at the school.
He said: “The Affiliation Parade was a huge success and a proud moment for everyone that’s been involved with Montsaye Academy CCF from the beginning.
“We’re delighted with how our students have taken to being a part of a CCF contingent. The level of enthusiasm and determination to learn new skills among the cadets has been fantastic and I know we will all continue to work together to build on what we have already achieved.
“The CCF is not about recruitment for the military. Through military training it aims to install cadet values such as self-discipline and leadership amid a range of challenging, adventurous and educational activities.
“We meet during school times and open cadets up to a host of activities they may otherwise never have the chance to do such as adventure training and taking part in an annual camp.”
Montsaye CCF was initially launched in September 2015 as part of the Government’s Cadet Expansion Programme which aims to have 500 military themed units in schools across the country by 2020.
It’s Montsaye CCF’s first year as an independent unit after partnering and meeting at Wellingborough School.
The CCF currently has 32 cadets, many of whom had family attending the ceremony.
Cadet Platoon Sergeant Bethany Finch, aged 15, said: “I joined the CCF to learn skills that are valuable inside and outside of school and it’s been great learning leadership and team work.
“It’s been challenging but in a good way. I think the highlight has been learning navigation and orienteering.”
Cadet Platoon Sergeant Jake Surl, aged 14, said: “Being a part of the CCF has been so much fun, especially going on annual camp.
“I’m doing so much more in terms of activities and when you’re doing them with your friends it’s fantastic.”
Next week (27 April) the contingent is being inspected by Her Majesty The Queen’s Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, Mr David Laing.
A full gallery of pictures from the day is available here.
“We’re delighted with how our students have taken to being a part of a CCF contingent. The level of enthusiasm and determination to learn new skills among the cadets has been fantastic and I know we will all continue to work together to build on what we have already achieved."