June 12th 2013

Local cadets take part in tug of war competition

A team of eight Army Cadets from Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force (LNR ACF) used their strength, determination and training to the best of their ability yesterday (Tuesday 11 June) when they took part in a charity tug of war competition in the College Gardens of Westminster Abbey in London.

The team, that was made up of four boys and four girls aged from 13 to 18 years, travelled to London for the first time in LNR ACF’s history to take part in the invite only House of Lords Vs House of Commons Charity Tug of War event. This is the first time Cadet teams have taken part in this prestigious event and it is hoped this will become an annual fixture in the Cadet calendar.  

Cliodhna Betts, a Cadet from LNR’s team, said: “I’m really pleased that I was selected to take part in this amazing competition. It has been tough training in the lead up to today, but I’m so proud that we each pulled to the best of our ability and got a good result. The support from the crowd spurred us on too and it was an honour to be there”.

Donna Sullivan, an adult volunteer from LNR’s Rushden detachment, said: “I’m one of three adult volunteers attending the competition with the cadets. The whole event has been exciting and truly unique. It’s great that the cadets had the opportunity to put their training to good use and take part in the same competition as Lords and MPs who battled it out over a tug of war rope in order to claim the title of House of Parliament Tug Champions for the year.”

The charity tug of war event was organised by Macmillan Cancer Support and was the 26th event of its kind.

Should you have a young person who would like to join the ACF or wish to become an adult volunteer to deliver the ‘Cadet Experience’ then email: or phone the CEO at LNR ACF: 0116 2779701 Ext 2 for more information.