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209's OIC Nominates Loughborough Staff for Community Prize

Article posted: May 15, 2015 by Flt Lt Rayson-Flynn

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Tonight saw some nostalgia for Officer in Charge, Flying Officer Simon Howroyd, who nominated staff from his former Squadron for the TS Shipman Community Prize awarded by Loughborough University. The nominees are all undergraduate students, and Simon is a postgraduate student outside of Cadet life.

Congratulations go to Pilot Officers Webber and Leathard, Officer Cadet Gaunt, Civilian Instructors Atkins & Kent.

What is the TS Shipman Prize?
``Loughborough University may award a prize or prizes to the total value of £800 annually to students of the University or the Loughborough College who are considered to have contributed most to the development of co-operation between the University or College and the local community.’‘ – Loughborough University

Why were they nominated?
``The nominees are all volunteers at 2229 (Loughborough) Sqn ATC [Public] for the Royal Air Force Air Cadets. Twice a week in the evening and many weekends the nominees give up their free time to encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship in young persons between 12-20yrs old from the local community.

``Their selfless commitment sees them fundraising and assisting a whole host of local charities such as the local branches of the RAF Wings Appeal and the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

``The Duke of Edinburgh Award is also supported and organised by the nominees in order to allow Cadets to progress through the three tier scheme. The scheme promotes the learning of new skills, confidence, motivation, community spirit, health and enjoyment. It is a key indicator to a young person’s character when applying for jobs which you cannot register on without support from a DofE Centre.

``The training the nominees provide gains the Cadets a BTEC which counts towards University applications and they progress further into a teaching role.

``Despite the RAF Air Cadets being a structured organisation, at a local level it is entirely run by volunteers and the amount of time and effort they individually decide to dedicate to the youths of the local community. 2229 (Loughborough) Sqn have a large proportion of University students as volunteers at the Sqn who, in my opinion, should be recognised by the University for their support of the community which goes above and beyond the expectations of an undergraduate student.’‘ – Flying Officer Simon Howroyd MEng Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training)

Sgt (ATC) J Brock
209 Sqn MCO