Young people from Kettering Air Cadets have hit the target after qualifying in a national shooting competition.
Two teams of cadets from the Northampton Road Squadron have battled it out against 46 other teams in the UK wide Battle of Britain Challenge Cup, a competition run by the National Smallbore Rifle Association.
Kettering’s Team A, who were ranked 18th in the competition, now qualify for the second round of the cup and will compete against other air cadets in the hope of winning the prestigious ‘Battle of Britain Trophy’.
To score so highly the teams took part in a shooting challenge at the local MOD firing range. The cadets, whilst at the 25 metre indoor range, fired at the competition targets with a .22inch calibre cadet rifle. During the challenge Team A scored 337 points out of a possible 400, qualifying them for instant promotion to the second round. Team B scored 209 – a high score but unfortunately not quite enough to allow then to take part in the semi final.
Cadets Lucie Mayes, Harry Love, Rhys Stanton and Samuel Berry made up Team A and are now perfecting their shooting skills ready for the next stage with the help of coach, civilian instructor William Handley.
William said: “I am very impressed with the improvement I have seen in each cadet. They have done a fantastic job and I am looking forward to see how they achieve in the other rounds.”
For the competition and practice shoots the firing range was managed by civilian instructor Steve Miles, one of three instructors at Kettering Air Cadets that are trained Royal Air Force range conducting officers.
The final stage of the competition will take place on 31st March 2012 at the National Smallbore Rifle Association Lord Roberts Centre in Bisley, when the two top teams from round two will compete to take away the coveted trophy.
Kettering Air Cadets is currently recruiting for new members aged between 13 and 17. To find out more please visit: www.ketteringaircadets.org or telephone 01536 481 999. The Squadron meets every Monday and Wednesday evening from 7pm.