March 10th 2015


A new Cadet centre in West Bridgford is set to be officially opened by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire Sir John Peace.

The new Joint Cadet Centre, is now the new home of the West Bridgford detachment of Nottinghamshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) and 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC).

The building can be used by up to 80 young people and adult volunteers at one time and has been constructed on a site adjacent to the Cadets’ former training huts.

East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) project managed the building’s construction. Martin Capewell, Head of Estates at East Midlands RCFA, said: “We have received a lot of positive feedback about the new training facility from both youth organisations, who are using the centre on a weekly basis.

“The building includes a training hall, plenty of room to store training equipment and three fully interactive classrooms. Both the ACF and ATC have now moved into the building and are beginning to enjoy the benefits of sharing a joint facility with another youth organisation.

“We are delighted to welcome Sir John Peace to officially open the Joint Cadet Centre and believe the building will be enjoyed by many generations of Cadets to come.”

The official opening event will include presentations from both a Cadet and adult volunteer from the ACF and ATC, as well as an opportunity for guests to see Cadet activities taking place around the centre.

Alan Burt, Commandant of Nottinghamshire ACF, said: “This is a new chapter in the history of the West Bridgford Detachment and the fact that this history is linked directly to the 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron ATC through this joint cadet centre can only be a positive factor for the local young people.

“The Army Cadets motto ‘Inspire to Achieve’ helps us to equip young people with transferrable life skills such as vocational qualifications including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and First Aid. The Army Cadets helps develop good citizens who take pride in their local community through adventurous, challenging and fun activities delivered by qualified and dedicated Cadet Force adult instructors.”

Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson, Officer Commanding South and East Midlands Wing ATC, said: “Our sincere thanks to everyone involved in this project. We now have a superb building, fit for purpose, which provides the local squadron with a fantastic opportunity to grow and develop its presence in the locality. It offers young people in the area the exciting and challenging range of activities the ATC has to offer.”

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