November 26th 2015

National competition held in Nottinghamshire

Two teams of eight cadets from across Nottinghamshire have represented their youth organisation in the National Army Cadet Force (ACF) Girls Football Competition this weekend.

The Nottinghamshire girls, who represented the Eastern Region, competed against 16 other teams from ACF’s across the country on Saturday 21 November at the at South Nottinghamshire Academy in Radcliffe-on-Trent.

Cadets from detachments in Chilwell, Bingham, West Bridgford, Clipstone, Newark, Calverton, Blidworth and Carlton took part in the event, each of whom trained for a number of weeks to make sure they were prepared for the competition.

The Nottinghamshire ACF junior team, who are under 15-years-old, reached the semi-finals of the competition.

The senior team, who are also based in the county, came fifth in their category.

The event was organised by Nottinghamshire ACF with assistance from Nottinghamshire Football Association referees and St John Ambulance.

Event organiser Lieutenant Colonel Neil Atherton, an adult volunteer with Nottinghamshire ACF, said: “Despite the gale force winds and heavy rain overnight, the competition went ahead without any problems.  It was cold but there was a good standard of football and some very closely fought matches. It is great to see cadets from all regions of the UK enjoying playing competitive sport.”

Colonel Alan Burt, Commandant of Nottinghamshire ACF, said: “Nottinghamshire is proud to arrange the National Girls Football Competition on behalf of the Army Cadet Force Association. Sport is an important part of being a member of the ACF and it is always good to see so many regions coming together for a competition.”

Nottinghamshire team manager, Staff Sergeant Keith Seaton, said: “Our girls played their socks off against some really strong teams.  We will be back next year ready to show people our skills on the field once more.”

Speaking after the match, Cadet Corporal Molly Evans from Worksop detachment, said: “We played well, we didn’t win but it is nice to meet cadets from other ACFs around the country.”

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"It is great to see cadets from all regions of the UK enjoying playing competitive sport.”