Air Cadets in Swadlincote have been selected as the top squadron in the South and East Midlands to compete against 35 other Units throughout the UK to win the Lee’s Trophy which is awarded to the team who are seen as the best in the Air Training Corps.
Squadron Training Officer, Ruth Morgan told us, “We are now preparing for the next stage of the trophy with Group Captain Brett Morrell of RAF Brampton visiting Swadlincote on the 16th April for his inspection, which will include a hard look at a Cadet Parade, watching some of our activities and checking our administration which is necessary for our organisation as it encompasses areas including Health and Safety and Child Protection.”
Squadron Commander, Alyn Thompson added, “With activities in our programme ranging from Flying and Gliding to training involving B-TEC qualifications and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, 1211 Squadron will be matching our Cadets results with those of other Units from around the UK for this prestigious Trophy.”
Group Captain Morrell will watch the Cadets on various activities to find out more about what makes the Swadlincote Squadron ‘tick’ with Initiative and Leadership Exercises, Public Relations activities, Flying Simulation, Bear Grylls style Survival Cooking and an Environmental Project among the activities he will be looking at.
The Elite South Derbyshire Squadron completed an extremely successful 2008 with a lot of energy going into both individual and team achievements among which include 7 Cadets becoming Glider Pilots, 2 of the team travelling overseas to Germany and The Netherlands as well as groups attending RAF and Adventure Training Camps at RAF Uxbridge, RAF Valley, Army Swynnerton and Llanbedr Outward Bound Centre.