Corby´s prestigious Air Cadet Squadron has been granted almost £10,000 in Lottery Funding following a successful bid recently announced by The Big Lottery Fund.
The Squadron, which is a registered charity but which also benefits from Royal Air Force funding launched its Lottery application back in May 2010 in order to promote its training programme for the benefit of young people in Corby aged between 13 and 20 years.
The group´s Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Rob McKellar, devised and advocated the application based upon the need for funding in the voluntary and youth sectors within Corby´s locality and upon the benefits which the Air Training Corps brings to young people in delivering skills which are useful in all aspects of life.
The Big Lottery Fund has announced that a total of £9,966 will be provided to 422 (Corby) Squadron to purchase four high quality laptop computers and four long range projectors and projector screens so as to allow Cadet members of the Squadron to benefit from interactive, web-enabled training in aviation and simulated flight, radio and computer communications, the Duke of Edinburgh´s Award Scheme and BTEC Vocational Qualifications worth four GCSEs each.
Additionally the Lottery Funding will cover the cost of a vast range of outdoor and camping equipment for use in Adventure Training, Duke of Edinburgh´s expeditions and fieldcraft. This will include approximately thirty tents of various sizes, outdoor cooking equipment and a large supply of longlasting rations for use on outdoor pursuits.
Finally, the Squadron´s newly reformed pipe band will receive multiple sets of bagpipes and pipers´ uniforms as well as a number of training “chanters” for teaching interested Cadets with no piping experience..
Flight Lieutenant Rob McKellar said, “It is vital that voluntary and community organisations in Corby take advantage of the funding that is available to them through avenues such as The Big Lottery Fund. The Air Cadet Organisation is an extraordinarily dynamic phenomenon which has always been well known for providing young people with useful skills combined with enjoyment. With this additional funding 422 (Corby) Squadron will be in a position to hugely increase the quantity and quality of opportunities that it offers to the youth of Corby”.
The Squadron is already planning various activities with its new equipment including online radio broadcasting, Duke of Edinburgh´s Award expeditions in wild and mountainous terrain and training for participation in bagpiping and bandsmanship competitions.
The Air Cadet Organisation provides its members with thousands of pounds worth of flying, gliding and target shooting training every year absolutely free of charge. This is in addition to adventure training, the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh´s Award, seven major sports and BTEC Vocational Qualifications.