September 30th 2014


Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan paid tribute to the Barrow upon Soar Detachment of the Army Cadet Force (ACF) when she paid them a visit at Humphrey Perkins School this week.

The ACF is part of the UK’s oldest, and one of the largest and most successful voluntary youth organisation consisting of approximately 45,000 cadets based at over 1,700 local detachments and units across the country.

The Barrow upon Soar Detachment forms part of the Leicestershire & Derbyshire Yeomanry (LDY) Squadron, Leicestershire Northamptonshire & Rutland Army Cadet Force (LNR ACF .

They have been based at Humphrey Perkins, and have paraded over 80 cadets since they established themselves in January 2013.

During the visit, Nicky was given the opportunity to inspect the cadets during a parade and view training sessions in first aid, rifle training, field craft and navigation. She also had the opportunity to speak with the cadets, as well as the detachment commander, Staff Sergeant Instructor Conan Soni.

Following her visit, Nicky commented: “I was hugely impressed with the cadets here at Humphrey Perkins. As well as taking part in military based training, they also get the opportunity to further themselves in other areas such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, the Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation (CVQO) and BTEC qualifications in public services and music”

“The opportunities for trying something new are absolutely huge. Today I have seen cadets rifle training and honing their navigation skills, but young people can also try skiing, climbing, mountain biking and many more”

MP Nicky Morgan meeting members of the Barrow Upon Soar Detachment “It’s a great thing to be involved with, and I congratulate the volunteers who make it possible for young people so be involved with so many wonderful opportunities.”

Staff Sergeant Conan Instructor Soni added: “The Army Cadet Force is a fantastic organisation for young people to do something different in their spare time. The number opportunities available to our cadets are vast and the range of activities and qualifications we can provide will benefit them both socially and educationally whilst also providing them with key skills for life. There is something for everyone!”

The Army Cadet Detachment runs every Wednesday evening from 6.30pm until 9pm in the Annex Building – the CTC (Cadet Training Centre) at the rear of the school. For more details in how to get involved, please ring: 01509 412385 (HPS), 0116 2643 919 (LNR ACF) or visit