NEWS

SEPTEMBER 26TH 2017

New Sea Cadet unit hailed a huge success as host school signs Armed Forces Covenant

Broughton Astley Sea Cadets Enrolment Night and signing of the Armed Forces Covenant

Broughton Astley Sea Cadets Enrolment Night and signing of the Armed Forces Covenant

A school in Broughton Astley has got on board with supporting the Armed Forces Community while officially launching an already successful Sea Cadet unit.

Thomas Estley Community College, on Station Road, signed the Armed Forces Covenant last night (Monday 25 September) on the first Enrolment Night for the Broughton Astley Sea Cadet unit.

It was launched at the school three months ago following conversations about creating more activities for young people in the village.

Broughton Astley Sea Cadets

Broughton Astley Sea Cadets

Already over 100 10 to 18-year-olds have put their name forwards to become cadets.

To meet demand the adult volunteers who oversee the unit have already expanded to two evenings a week (Monday andWednesday) and there’s a waiting list of over 50 children looking to join.

On the night the first 26 cadets were officially enrolled into the Sea Cadets Corps.

Lieutenant Shane Daly, has helped set the unit up in his role with the Corps as regional Development Worker which aims to expand cadet opportunities within schools across the region.

He said: “We’ve been absolutely delighted at the response we’ve had to Broughton Astley Sea Cadet unit.

“It’s brilliant how it has grown through word of mouth to the point we’ve put an extra day on and already have a waiting list of cadets.

“It all came about after we had heard there was a need for attractions for young people in the village so we’d like to thank Thomas Estley Community College for being so supportive and allowing us to make it happen.”

College Principal Mandi Collins signed the Armed Forces Covenant alongside Commander Martin Clegg, a representative of the Royal Naval Reserve.

Thomas Estley Community College Principal Mandi Collins and Commander Martin Clegg after signing the Armed Forces Covenant

Thomas Estley Community College Principal Mandi Collins and Commander Martin Clegg after signing the Armed Forces Covenant

By signing the covenant the college has shown both their commitment and flexibility to employing current and former service personnel and their families.

Explaining why the college wanted to sign, Mrs Collins said: “Our core values, as ‘a community of courage and commitment to success’ with a focus on leadership, resilience, respect and community, match closely with those of the Armed Forces.

“We have immeasurable respect for those making sacrifices to provide security to our country, and wanted to affirm our appreciation of their role.”

Catherine Suckling, the Ministry of Defence’s Assistant Regional Employer Engagement Director for the East Midlands, explained: “I was delighted to attend the signing event at Thomas Estley Community College and it was a pleasure to see so many bright young people thrilled at officially becoming Sea Cadets.

“The school have been hugely enthusiastic of the Armed Forces community. They employ a number of Cadet Force volunteers who in their spare time are making an important contribution to the lives of young people in their community.

“The school were eager to sign the Covenant and strengthen their commitment to support those volunteers as well as past, present and future service personnel and their families.”

To find out more about signing the Armed Forces Covenant visitwww.eastmidlandsrfca.co.uk/employers/

Broughton Astley Sea Cadet unit meets at Thomas Estley Community College on Monday and Wednesday evenings between 7pm and 9.30pm.

For more information visit www.sea-cadets.org or search for Broughton Astley Sea Cadets on Facebook.

“It’s brilliant how it has grown through word of mouth to the point we’ve put an extra day on and already have a waiting list of cadets."