July 13th 2016

Top year for Wigston cadets

Members of the 1461 (Wigston and District) ATC Squadron that lifted the Auster Trophy.

The 1461 (Wigston and District) ATC Squadron has been named the top performers in the Air Training Corps South and East Midlands Wing during the previous year.

Throughout a year, cadets from the 29 squadrons that make up the Wing take part in various activities – anything from target shooting, flying/gliding, sports and annual camps at RAF stations.


Wigston cadets on parade

All of these activities are measured using a points system which is then reviewed at an Annual Formal Inspection by the Wing Commander.

This is a fierce competition between the squadrons with each  having worked incredibly hard throughout 2015 to give the cadets the best possible experiences which in turn collates the most points for the squadron.

The results for the squadrons that collect the highest points are always given on the annual Wing Training Day, held at RAF Wittering which this year was conducted on Sunday July 3.

The top point scorers for 2016 were the 1451 Squadron which was awarded the Auster Trophy as a result.


The Auster Trophy

The accolades didn’t end there as 1461 Squadron was also awarded the trophy for earning the most points out of the squadrons in both training and shooting.

To be winners of three trophies on the day is a fantastic achievement for the young people that dedicate their time to the squadron.

As part of the annual Wing Training Day, all of the squadrons participate in various competitions where they put into practice all of the skills they have learnt throughout the year while competing for the Auster Trophy. Wigston was thrilled when it was announced that it had come a very close second place in the training day results!

Squadron Commander Flight Lieutenant, Tim Hargraves, commented: “I am so proud of my wonderful unit.

“In today’s society, it is so easy for kids to be given a hard time and bear the brunt of the wrong doings within society but my group of cadets that make up 1461 have done themselves proud this past year.

“To win the Auster Trophy and come second at our Annual Training Day is not something that can ‘just’ happen – it takes time and dedication from both the cadets and volunteer staff team alike and I am just so proud of the team under my command that have made this happen. Well done everyone!”

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“I am so proud of my wonderful unit."