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May 18th 2015

209’s OIC Nominates Loughborough Staff for Community Prize

The Officer in charge of 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC) has nominated staff from his former squadron for the TS Shipman Community Prize, awarded by Loughborough University.

Flying Officer Simon Howroyd, a postgraduate student at Loughborough University nominated members of 2229 (Loughborough) Squadron for the award, which gives up to £800 in prizes annually to students of Loughborough College or the Loughborough University who have contributed towards the development of the relationship between the two organisations and the local community.

Flying Officer Simon Howroyd, a postgraduate student at Loughborough University nominated members of 2229 (Loughborough) Squadron for the award, which gives up to £800 in prizes annually to students of Loughborough College or the Loughborough University who have contributed towards the development of the relationship between the two organisations and the local community.

Flying Officer Simon Howroyd said: “The nominees are all volunteers at 2229 (Loughborough) Sqn ATC for the Royal Air Force Air Cadets. Twice a week in the evening and many weekends the nominees give up their free time to encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship in young persons between 12-20yrs old from the local community.

“Their selfless commitment sees them fundraising and assisting a whole host of local charities such as the local branches of the RAF Wings Appeal and the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

“The Duke of Edinburgh Award is also supported and organised by the nominees in order to allow Cadets to progress through the three tier scheme. The scheme promotes the learning of new skills, confidence, motivation, community spirit, health and enjoyment. It is a key indicator to a young person’s character when applying for jobs which you cannot register on without support from a DofE Centre.

“The training the nominees provide gains the Cadets a BTEC which counts towards University applications and they progress further into a teaching role.

“Despite the RAF Air Cadets being a structured organisation, at a local level it is entirely run by volunteers and the amount of time and effort they individually decide to dedicate to the youths of the local community. 2229 (Loughborough) Sqn have a large proportion of University students as volunteers at the Sqn who, in my opinion, should be recognised by the University for their support of the community which goes above and beyond the expectations of an undergraduate student.”

Congratulations go to Pilot Officers Webber and Leathard, Officer Cadet Gaunt, Civilian Instructors Atkins & Kent.

For more information about 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron ATC, visit: www.209atc.com

"2229 (Loughborough) Sqn have a large proportion of University students as volunteers at the Sqn who, in my opinion, should be recognised by the University for their support of the community which goes above and beyond the expectations of an undergraduate student.''