126 City of Derby Squadron Air Cadets have been named the Central and East Region nomination to go through to the final National round of the Sir Alan Lees Trophy.
Every year Air Cadet squadrons have a chance annually to win the two most prized trophies in the corps. The Sir Alan Lees trophy is awarded, by the Air Cadet Commandant, to the squadron with the best statistics, overall impression when inspected and is then crowned the best unit in the Air Cadet Organisation. The Morris Trophy is awarded to one of the 6 regional candidates upon inspection by the Commandant.
The Lees Trophy was first awarded by Air Marshal Sir Alan Lees in 1949, and has been awarded on an annual basis ever since. There are currently nearly 1000 Squadrons in the Corps, so competition is tough!
There are several stages to the award process. Firstly, each Wing will nominate one of its Squadrons to represent the Wing in the next stage. This may or may not involve an inspection from the Wing Commander. Next, all of the Wing nominations within a region are inspected by the Regional Commandant, and the best Squadron will be selected to represent the region at Corps level- this is the stage Derby squadron have got to in the process. Finally, each of the six regional nominations is inspected by Officer Commanding Air Cadets and a winner will be decided. That means that Derby squadron have managed to get through to the top 6 in in Air Cadet Organisation which is an achievement in itself!
The night of the regional inspection ran like clockwork. All cadets and staff involved put in 100% effort and showed the squadron and its wares off to the best of their ability. The squadron put on a top class parade and the inspecting officers from region were very impressed.
Derby squadron pride themselves on providing all cadets with a variety of activities. From shooting to rifle drill, archery to the flight simulator and catering to nutrition there really is something for everybody.
Another thing the squadron pride themselves on is the high standard of their cadets. If the cadets put their minds to something you can guarantee they will put in the effort to deliver the results. That is something they display parade night after parade night.
The nomination was only possible due to the hard work undertaken by both cadets and Staff. The squadron look forward to the challenge of the next stage.