February 3rd 2015


Young people and adult volunteers in West Bridgford have welcomed the completion of a new Joint Cadet Training Centre.

The centre, based on Wilford Lane, has been constructed on an adjacent site to the former Cadet hut and can now be used by up to 80 young people and adult volunteers from the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and Air Training Corps (ATC) at any one time.

East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) has project managed the construction of the building. Martin Capewell, Head of Estates at East Midlands RFCA, said: “The centre includes a new training hall, fully interactive lecture rooms and plenty of room to store essential training equipment.

“We are delighted the new facility is now ready for the Cadets to use. There have been a few delays along the way, but I know now the centre is ready for use the Cadets will begin to enjoy the new facilities straight away.”

Colonel Alan Burt, Commandant of Nottinghamshire ACF, said “This new joint Cadet training facility will give both the Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps an opportunity to train in similar activities such as first aid, drill, navigation as well as training towards achieving a Duke of Edinburgh Award and taking part in community events.

“This marks the beginning of a new era for West Bridgford Detachment and we would like to thank the MOD and RFCA for such an excellent facility.”

Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson, Officer Commanding South and East Midlands Wing, said: “Our sincere thanks to everyone involved in this project. We now have a superb building, which is fit for purpose, and provides the local squadron with a fantastic opportunity to grow and develop its presence in the locality.”

The Cadet organisations will begin using the centre later this month.

The centre will be used by the West Bridgford Detachment of Nottinghamshire ACF and 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron ATC.

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