Air Cadets and Staff from 209 (West Bridgford) Sqn spent an evening with 1211 (Swadlincote) Sqn to see how a much larger Squadron runs and copes with all the challenges and issues associated with large numbers of Cadets.
The 1211 and 209 Cadets NCOs discussed how 1211 was able to expand it numbers steadily over the years and how it was able to retain those numbers. The 209 adult NCOs talked about communication and organisation with 1211’s CO.
Sergeant ATC Jade Brock who organised the visit said, “At 209 we strive for the very best for our cadets and their development. In our efforts to improve our squadron we visited a couple of successful squadrons to learn how they do things so we could improve our own procedures. 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron is a previous Lees Trophy winner and role-model unit. Their procedures are efficient and we hope to implant and replicate them. We will hopefully see an improvement in our Cadets numbers, retention and development.”
Cadet Flight Sergeant Josh Lee-Taylor, 209’s most senior Cadet said of the evening, “This was the first time I’ve visited another Squadrons HQ. It was interesting talking to NCOs from another Sqn and beneficial seeing the similarities and problems faced by both Sqns. I’m certainly taking procedures back to 209 that I am going to implement.”
After the final parade a less formal exchange of ideas and experiences was discussed between Cadets and Staff of both Squadrons at the local McDonalds.