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August 17th 2017

Sporting first for Nottinghamshire volunteer

Adult volunteer Mitch Gee pictured at the rink side

A Cadet Force adult volunteer from Retford is believed to be the first ever member of the Army Cadet Force (ACF) to be selected to play ice hockey alongside full-time soldiers.

Sergeant Instructor Mitch Gee, a member of Nottinghamshire ACF, was deemed eligible to compete as in his volunteer role as he could join the All Star Team made up of players who do not have an established ice hockey team to play in such as military personnel from the Infantry, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers or the Royal Logistics Corps to name a few.

Wearing the cap badge of The Mercian Regiment, Mitch parades at Retford Detachment on a weekly basis, teaching the cadets a variety of skills from map reading to First Aid.

Working as a Plumbing and Heating Merchant Branch Manager in his civilian life, 34-year-old Mitch explained how it was a real honour to be selected: “It feels like a huge achievement to be eligible to represent Nottinghamshire ACF by participating in the Army Ice Hockey Championships. This is arguably one of the greatest achievements in my life and to play with and against some of the best players in my 20 plus years on the ice.

Mitch joined the Army All Stars in June and has since gone onto play at the Tri Service Championships alongside corps and station teams from the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.

He concluded: “To be a Cadet Force adult volunteer in the ACF and eligible to play sport within the Army is such a boost.  I would say that if anybody else is offered a chance they should grab it with both hands.”

“To be a Cadet Force adult volunteer in the ACF and eligible to play sport within the Army is such a boost. I would say that if anybody else is offered a chance they should grab it with both hands.”