126 (City of Derby) Squadron was buzzing with activity on Thursday evening as cadets from four squadrons in the Central and East Region descended on the unit for an Inter Squadron Competition.
140 cadets from 126 Squadron, 504 (West Nottingham) Squadron, 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron and 1300 (Sutton) Squadron competed at the Derby headquarters in a range of exciting challenges. These included a fitness trail, an observation exercise, an aircraft recognition competition and a variety of leadership exercises. The leadership exercises included a tripod construction exercise and a competition to build the tallest free-standing tower out of spaghetti and marshmallows.
Each competition was judged and the seven teams competing (4 from 126 Squadron) fought hard to win the overall inter squadron challenge. Morale was high and excellent teamwork came into play by all squadron teams.
During the 20 minute break from the cold outdoor activities, the cadets were treated to hot dogs with red sauce, prepared by the 126 Squadron catering team, led by Flt Lt Derek Smith. The cadets from the 4 units got the chance to chat about their experiences on the different squadrons. Ideas were exchanged and new friendships were formed amongst both staff and cadets.
At the end of the evening, Sqn Ldr Ian Marshall, Officer Commanding 126 Squadron, announced the final results. 126 Squadron, on home turf, came first overall. They were closely followed by 504 Squadron. Next was 2195 Squadron and last but not least, 1300 Squadron.
126 Squadron Training Officer, Fg Off Jackie Barker said, “this has been a fantastic evening. All of the squadrons were highly motivated to win. It was a close competition. All of the cadets went home with a smile on their faces and all of them are looking forward to a similar competition next year.”