Cadets to give fans a routine to remember
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.”
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