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February 25th 2016

Medical student encourages local people to join the ACF

Adult volunteer Katie Hale

A medical student who volunteers with the Army Cadet Force (ACF) is encouraging anyone who has a love of sports to get involved in the youth organisation.

Sergeant Instructor Katie Hale, aged 24, is currently studying medicine at university in Norwich and joined Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland (LNR) ACF as an adult volunteer after spending two years as a cadet at a detachment in Melton Mowbray.

Due to her university commitments Katie does not train on weekday evenings with the ACF, but instead takes part in a variety of training weekends where she coaches cadets from Rutland and other towns in the surrounding area.

Katie explained: “When I turned 18 I decided I wanted to become an adult volunteer with the ACF thanks to some of my senior instructors encouraging me to take the next step in my volunteering journey.

“My mum is a teacher so coaching others and encouraging people to learn is something that has always come quite naturally to me. Working with cadets at training weekends and as part of annual camp is fantastic as it allows me to pass on my knowledge and love of sports, as well as helping them to learn new skills such as First Aid or how to use a map and compass.”

After achieving a number of skills, leadership and coaching qualifications through the ACF, Katie looks forward to being a part of LNR ACF’s Canoe Cadet event that takes place in May each year.

Katie continued: “May half term is a personal highlight in our training programme for me. Around 50 cadets from across Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland come together for a week to take part in a variety of canoeing and kayaking activities, which is great as many of those involved will not have taken part in these sports before. I enjoy seeing the cadets growing in confidence as they take part in the water exercises and games and seeing the proud look on their faces when they gain a certificate for their achievements at the end of the camp.”

Back on dry land, another highlight of Katie’s volunteering career has been teaching the cadets valuable life skills. She continued: “As I’m studying a medical degree, I think that teaching First Aid is really important, as it could, in some instances, save people’s lives.

“One of my personal favourites to teach though is map and compass, as I try to make this class as interesting as possible. As a child I always enjoyed orienteering and was taught how to get the most out of my map and compass from an early age. I do think there is stigma attached to reading maps and using compasses as some people think it’s old-fashioned or boring, but I can assure you if you are taught well and get a chance to go and use your skills outdoors it can be fascinating.”

To find out more about joining LNR ACF visit www.armycadets.com/moretolife or call 0116 277 9701.

“May half term is a personal highlight in our training programme for me. Around 50 cadets from across Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland come together for a week to take part in a variety of canoeing and kayaking activities, which is great as many of those involved will not have taken part in these sports before."