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209 Sqn Has More Luck With Tennis Balls than Andy Murray

Article posted: Jul 23, 2012 by Sqn Ldr Wilson

On 8th July 2012 Andy Murray did not win Wimbledon. At Silverstone Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button did not win the British Grand Prix. But at RAF Wittering 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron won its first trophy (albeit joint first place) at the South and East Midlands Wing Field Day for 13 years.

209 Sqn entered teams in First Aid, Aircraft Recognition, Drill, shooting, Media, modelling and the Leadership Exercise. It was in the Leadership exercise that 209 finished joint first.

The exercise itself involved transporting tennis balls across an area using only garden canes but the competition was about the leadership shown by the team’s leader and the teamwork of the other Cadets. The team’s leader, Corporal Barnaby Taylor (16) had to brief his team and assign tasks to individual members and then give motivation and encouragement during the exercise. Not only was he doing this in front of the judges but also the Station Commander of RAF Wittering, Group Captain R Hill.

Cpl Taylor said of the exercise, “It was a challenging exercise but the team performed very well despite the extra pressure of being watched by the Station Commander. However he did speak to us afterwards and congratulated us on our performance.”

Along with good performances by finishing fifth in Public Relation and Banner Drill 209 Sqn finished 13th overall out of the 29 Sqns taking part.

Anyone over the age of 13 interested in joining 209 Sqn can telephone us on our Parade Nights of Monday and Thursday between 7pm and 9pm on 0115 9696434 or can visit us at 209 Squadron HQ, 110 Wilford Lane. Our website is and our Facebook is 209 West Bridgford Sqn.