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Article posted: Nov 19, 2010 by Sqn Ldr Utting

An air cadet from Kettering has been selected to play in a major football competition after scoring a double hatrick in an Air Training Corps competition

This competition involves cadets chosen from the 900 squadrons around the country. Trials are held all around the country culminating in the finest footballers being selected to represent their region. Kettering squadron is a member of Central and East Region which is made up of squadrons from Birmingham, Warwick, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire as well as more local counties such as Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Rutland and of course, Northamptonshire.

Jordan Lovell’s football trials started at RAF Wittering. Here he beat footballers within the Wing from counties such as Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. His first game was played wearing trainers and no shin pads as he was expecting to play hockey instead. However, circumstances on the day proved such that football had to be played instead.

Lovell, 15, had to play a series of games to be selected to go forward for the South and East Midlands Wing team. In addition to playing a full game of football, this was interspersed with training sessions lasting around 15 minutes. Each of these sessions allowed the coaches to acknowledge cadet skills and so matching their abilities to the correct position on the football pitch. Lovell was chosen to play Striker which proved a great success as he went on to score a double hatrick in his first match, ensuring his selection for the next round of trials to represent the Region.

Lovell’s next game was at RAF Cranwell where again his talent for goal scoring shone through and he scored 2 goals ensuring his place to represent the Region.

In addition to this second game, Lovell had to attend further training sessions to prove that he possessed the talent and skills needed for the regional football game. Jordan said “I am so excited by this whole experience and want to go on to do more for my squadron. It just goes to show that if you give 100% effort and are focused on winning, it can pay off”.

Jordan’s next game is on 23rd October and will be held at RAF Cosford. Here he will be playing in a team made up of other cadets from the same Region but will be playing against teams from all over the country in what is known as the Regional football competition. This will be Jordan’s first time in playing for such a big football team and says he is feeling a little nervous but really looking forward to the next game. Jordan added, “I will be playing against the finest young footballers in the country and will be happy to meet and play against such talented cadets. This whole experience has allowed me to improve my football and meet other cadets from around the Wing and Region. I am really proud to represent my squadron, Wing and ultimately the Region”

The squadron is currently recruiting young people aged between 13 and 17 and is open Monday and Wednesday evening from 7.15pm to 9pm. The unit is also looking to actively recruit fundraisers, sponsors and adult staff to assist in providing further training opportunities for the young people of the Kettering area. The Squadron can be contacted via a 24 answer phone on 01536 481999, or just come and visit on a Monday and Wednesday evening.