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September 21st 2016

Youngsters given chance to fly with Air Cadet recruitment

Swadlincote cadet band on St Georges Day in london this year

Opportunities to fly, glide and shoot are open to new members of the Swadlincote Air Cadets as they start their New Year recruiting campaign this month at their Eureka Park Headquarters.

Young people aged from 13 are being invited to the Air Cadets Eureka Park Headquarters at 7.30pm on 27 September to find out more about the Award Winning 1211 Squadron. During the event, staff and senior cadets will explain what being a cadet is all about with opportunities ranging from adventurous training and overseas visits to flying and B-TEC qualifications.

Squadron Adjutant Ruth Morgan said: “Our cadets get a chance to take part in activities that are not available to anyone else in the South Derbyshire area.  Where else can a young teenager take control of an aeroplane and do aerobatics with a Royal Air Force Pilot for free?  Swadlincote Cadets gain training which is incredibly useful not only if they join the military but also in civilian life.”

Squadron Commander Alyn Thompson added: “Our job at 1211 Squadron is to take every available opportunity for all of our cadets, whether it’s a flight in an Air Force aeroplane or putting them forward for qualifications in the B-TEC scheme.  We are one of the best Air Cadet Units in the UK and the reason for that is because our training programme is so varied.  This year we have had personnel in New Zealand, Canada, Germany and The Netherlands.  Some gained Leadership qualifications in the welsh mountains and others became glider pilots!”

So, if you are aged between 13-16 years and want to become a glider pilot before you can learn to drive, call in to the 1211 Headquarters on John Street in Eureka Park later this month.   To find out more visit www.1211sqn.co.uk

"Our job at 1211 Squadron is to take every available opportunity for all of our cadets, whether it’s a flight in an Air Force aeroplane or putting them forward for qualifications in the B-TEC scheme."