The centre is based on Wilford Lane in West Bridgford and will be home for 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron, Royal Air Force Air Cadets and West Bridgford Detachment of the Nottinghamshire Army Cadet Force. The Joint Cadet Training Centre (JCTC) was officially opened by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire Sir John Peace.
More than 40 guests including local dignitaries, Cadets and Staff of both organisations attended the event. Presentations were completed by a Cadet and Staff from each of the ACF and ATC on their time within each of their organisations. Cadet Staff Sergeant Beth Beard and Cadet Flight Sergeant Grace McDonald talked about the activities they have currently done and their achievements and qualifications within their time in each respective organisation. Both Adult Volunteers, Second Lieutenant Richard Etherington and Sergeant (ATC) Jade Brock then talked about how they came about joining, the activities they had completed during their time within each organisation, the opportunities that they help to offer the Cadets and how it has helped them within their working careers outside of the uniformed youth organisations.
After the formal unveiling of the plaque, guests were invited to watch activities completed by both the Army Cadet Force and the Air Training Corps. The ACF showed useful First Aid training, getting many guests involved on the ‘Resusci Anne’ dolls. The ATC showed off their aviation skills with a glider cockpit and flight simulation exercise, this saw many guests enjoying the opportunity to take control of an aircraft.
The building includes a training hall, IT suite and three fully interactive classrooms. It can be used by up to 80 young people and adult volunteers at one time.
Both organisations hope this will be start of a fantastic relationship with joint planned events already organised for the future.