May 10th 2016

It’s not just the best footballers that live in Leicester

Reviewing Officer Major General R J Stanford MBE awards the Best Shot shield to Private Reed

It’s not only the best footballers that live in Leicester, it appears some of the Army’s best reservists can also be found here in the city.

Leicester University student Kasper Reed recently passed out of his Army Reserve Phase One Training as Champion Shot in his Troop.

He follows in the footsteps of Jake O’ Neil-Varah who passed out as Champion Soldier of his Troop at his Pass Off Parade in February. Both soldiers completed their training at Army Training Regiment (Grantham).

The Phase One training sees the reservists immerse themselves in Army life.  The 16-day course at Prince William of Gloucester Barracks, Grantham teaches them everything they need to know to fulfil their role within the Army Reserve including military terminology, drill, shooting, physical fitness, weapon handling, first aid, field craft and map reading.

Kasper joined 2 Company, 3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian based on Ulverscroft Road in January and since then has attended regular Wednesday evening training nights and completed four weekend training courses. He will now go on to complete his trade training. He said: “I joined for something to do whilst studying at university.

“I was a member of the Combined Cadet Force when I was at school, so the Reserves was an obvious choice.”

Speaking about his award, Kasper who is in his first year studying International Relations, said: “We did a lot more shooting on the course than I had done before.  I enjoyed being in the field. I learnt a lot because you can see people emotions coming out and I think that helped me to cope. We were all able to keep each other’s morale up when the chips were down.”

“I may consider joining the regulars after I have finished university, but for now I intend to stay with the Reserves. I can fit it around my studies. To be honest the commitment is not that much of a burden, you can put in as much time as you want.”

Kasper, aged 19, received his award from Major General Richard Stanford, General Officer Commanding Regional Command. The Officer Commanding the Leicester based Company, Major Ed Matts said: “We are really proud of both Jake and Kasper. They have worked hard since they joined but they obviously had that something extra that made them stand out from the other recruits. For Kasper it was his shooting skills and for Jake his determination, motivation and leadership.

“Leicester has been in the spotlight this week for football, it would be great if our recruits continue to shine and help put the military in the city spotlight as well.”

2 Company, 3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment is based on Ulverscroft Road, Leicester. The Company trains every Wednesday evening. For further information contact 0116 2489657 or visit the Company between 1930-2130hrs on a training night.


“I was a member of the Combined Cadet Force when I was at school, so the Reserves was an obvious choice.”