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September 13th 2016

Cadet 16 is a success in Nottingham

Vehicle pull activity

80 cadets from across Nottinghamshire took part in a competition last weekend to ‘battle it out’ for The Nottinghamshire Cadet Winners Shield.

Cadet 16, took place on the site of Nottingham High School, and young people from the Air Training Corps (ATC), Army Cadet Force (ACF), Sea Cadet Corps (SCC) and Combined Cadet Force (CCF) took part in a variety of events including a climbing tower relay, a water-based leadership activity in the swimming pool, drill competition, target shooting and a First Aid exercise alongside representatives from East Midlands Ambulance Service.

Gun run activity at Cadet 16

Gun run activity at Cadet 16

Each cadet organisation had the chance to enter two teams of ten cadets to represent their Cadet Force. Each of the participants were assessed throughout the competition by Cadet Force Adult Volunteers to decide which team would be crowned victorious in the annual event.

Event organiser adult volunteer Dan Haywood, a Warrant Officer with the ATC’s South and East Midlands Wing, said: “This is the second year that I have organised this event in which the cadet teams competed against each other for a prize. Cadet 16 was a huge success with all of the teams taking part in seven activities across the day. Some of my personal highlights included the vehicle pull whereby the teams were required to pull a three tonne Land Rover over a set course, the First Aid scenario led by East Midlands Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team and the water-based activity where the teams built make shift rafts.”

The Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Sir John Peace attended the event. He said: “This event is something that has clearly taken a lot of time to create and build to this standard. I am immensely impressed with what I have seen and the standard of the cadets, they really are a credit to their respective organisations and the county of Nottinghamshire.”

Young people taking part in Cadet 16

Young people taking part in Cadet 16

Dan Haywood concluded: “What each cadet achieved at the event was fantastic. My aim was to test each organisation but also push each cadet out of their comfort zone to achieve a personal goal or try a new activity. From what I saw and heard at the event this was achieved so I look forward to starting to plan for Cadet 17 next year.”

After gathering the scores for each event, this year’s competition winners were the Air Cadets of South and East Midlands Wing for the second year in a row.

"I am immensely impressed with what I have seen and the standard of the cadets, they really are a credit to their respective organisations and the county of Nottinghamshire.”