Royal Air Force Cadets bring home the trophies, led by sharp shooting Polina

The Head, Mrs Thomson, yesterday presented the prizes for the RAF Ground Training Squadron Trophy Competition, which was held on January 22 for the South region. Around forty CCF contingents participated across the large region, which spans an area from London down across the South and West, including The Channel Islands.

Mrs Willoughby, The Clayesmore CCF Head of RAF writes:

Our team of thirteen cadets did an excellent job representing Clayesmore and had a great day at the competition. They had trained tirelessly in the run-up, and on the morning of the competition were up at six heading off to Blandford Camp fuelled by bacon butties and energy drinks. 

They competed in seven events designed to test their physical, military and teamwork skills: RAF Knowledge, Drill and Uniform, a Command Task, Shooting, Aircraft Recognition, First Aid and a Multi-Stage Fitness Test.

In the end, they took first place in two events, the Disarmed Close Combat Trainer section (or DCCT, a realistic laser shooting range) and the Fitness Test. In the DCCT, ‘Sharp-shooter Polina’ (Y13) had the best grouping and the team’s average proved unbeatable, even by the team who have never lost in the history of the competition! In the Fitness Test, Will M. (Y12) cleaned up with the best score of the day, reaching two levels higher than his closest rival. Emily (Y12) and Tabitha (Y11) reached joint second highest individual scores in the First Aid event, and the team came fourth when the team scores were calculated.

Overall our RAF Cadets placed fifth but were thrilled to bring back three trophies: individual highest score (lowest grouping) and the group shooting prize for first place in DCCT, as well as first in the team Fitness Test. They were enormously pleased to put the wind up the top teams, who looked extremely worried that we were going to snatch their spot at the nationals! Imagine what we could achieve if we had any idea about Aircraft recognition or could walk in time…