Cadets to give fans a rou­tine to re­mem­ber

Warwickshire Telegraph - - YOUR LIFE -

MU­SIC-LOV­ING army cadets are set to per­form for thou­sands of rugby fans at the Ri­coh Arena – and hope their rou­tine will con­tinue a re­cent surge in re­cruit­ment.

The War­wick­shire & West Mid­lands Army Cadet Force’s Corps of Drums will be sup­port­ing Wasps as they take on Bris­tol Bears this Sun­day, Novem­ber 11, in a Pre­mier­ship Rugby Cup clash (3pm kick-off).

The cadets will per­form twice at both ends of the sta­dium be­fore lead­ing the half time en­ter­tain­ment.

A to­tal of 35 cadets from Nuneaton, Ather­stone, Rugby and North­field in Birm­ing­ham, all aged be­tween 12 and 18, have been in­vited to at­tend the Wasps match and per­form in front of thou­sands of rugby fans to cheer Wasps on as they take on Bris­tol Bears.

The Army Cadet Force is a vol­un­tary youth or­gan­i­sa­tion spon­sored by the army which pro­vides ac­tiv­i­ties for teenagers in­clud­ing first aid train­ing, shoot­ing and field craft, all of which repli­cates the val­ues and stan­dards of the army and pro­vides young peo­ple with the chance to gain qual­i­fi­ca­tions in pub­lic ser­vices.

Army Cadet County Mu­sic of­fi­cer Shaun Hay­ward is hop­ing the troops’ sup­port of the match will boost their re­cruit­ment num­bers, which have been ris­ing over the last six months.

He said: “We’ve per­formed at other Wasps games and seen a spike in in­ter­est as nearly dou­ble the num­ber of young peo­ple at­tended our last train­ing camps, with more than 70 teenagers at­tend­ing com­pared to around 40 pre­vi­ously.

“We hope our at­ten­dance at pub­lic events such as this Wasps game will push this even fur­ther and en­cour­age more young peo­ple to get in­volved.

“Be­ing a cadet teaches young peo­ple many use­ful skills, dis­ci­plines and val­ues to work to­wards, which is why the Army Cadet Force is im­por­tant for the wider com­mu­nity as we are teach­ing young peo­ple im­por­tant life lessons.”

Ver­ity Brown, match day mar­ket­ing man­ager at Wasps, added: “The War­wick­shire & West Mid­lands Army Cadet Force’s Corps of Drums have per­formed for us pre­vi­ously at the Ri­coh Arena and they were so im­pres­sive that we are thrilled to in­vite them back to per­form for our fans again.

“The Army Cadet Force is an im­por­tant as­pect of our lo­cal com­mu­nity and to have them in­volved in sup­port­ing us on Novem­ber 11 is key to us for con­nect­ing Wasps with lo­cal young peo­ple to get them in­volved in the sport as well.”

Some of the cadets of War­wick­shire & West Mid­lands Army Cadet Force’s Corps of Drums A FOR­MER War­wick School pupil has com­pleted the IRON­MAN Barcelona to help build a new home for his child­hood sea scouts group.Si­mon Talling-Smith, CEO of Cal­i­for­nia-based air­line Surf Air Europe, took on the ar­du­ous phys­i­cal chal­lenge in Oc­to­ber to raise money for the 2nd War­wick Sea Scouts’ Build­ing a Fu­ture ini­tia­tive.Si­mon was a mem­ber of the Sea Scouts in the early 1980s.He com­pleted a 3.8km swim, a 180km bike ride, and full marathon in an im­pres­sive 11 hours and 55 min­utes, rais­ing £4,000 in the process for the con­struc­tion of War­wick Sea Scouts new head­quar­ters, and is look­ing for ex­tra do­na­tions to reach his £10,000 tar­get.The planned head­quar­ters is set to be built next to St Ni­cholas Park Leisure Cen­tre, re­plac­ing the 50-year-old cur­rent hut. They have so far raised nearly £400,000 of a £650,000 goal, and hope to start build­ing in 2019 – the 60th an­niver­sary of the group.Si­mon said: “This year I turned 50, and af­ter com­pet­ing in sev­eral shorter triathlons over the last few years, I de­cided it’s time for the big one and to raise money for a cause that’s played such an im­por­tant role in my life.“I ac­tu­ally man­aged to en­joy the whole thing, apart from the last 15km of the marathon in the dark and rain. Com­ing down the red car­pet to the fin­ish line was def­i­nitely one of the most amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ences of my life.“My own ex­pe­ri­ence of

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