Wanstead and Wood Air Cadets Scoop Prize Trophy

Wanstead and Woodford Air Cadets from 241 Squadron Air Training Corps have won the coveted Elworthy Trophy, the country’s only tri-service cadet military skills competition ( 11 October).  Sir David Brewer, Lord Lieutenant for Greater London presented the Elworthy Trophy to the winning team.  The ‘Runners Up’ prize went to the City of London and North East Sector Army Cadet Force.

Twelve teams of Cadets from the four Cadet services within Greater London (Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps and Combined Cadet Force) battled it out during the glorious sunshine at the annual event, held at the Cadet Training Centre in Frimley, Surrey.  The competition tests the basic skills of the teams of Cadets aged 12-18 years and combines these with general physical and mental agility.  It is a challenging competition and is fiercely contested by all who enter.

The Cadets were put through their paces during the event and took part in a series of fun and demanding team activities including archery, command tasks, shooting in the indoor ranges and air rifle shooting, rowing, first aid, watermanship skills, a two tonne vehicle pull and a water run.

The Wanstead & Woodford Cadets demonstrated their expertise and teamwork by performing well across the board and won outright several of the events.  Colonel Ian Denison OBE, Colonel Cadets London, who was instrumental in the planning and organisation of the event, enjoyed watching the teams of Cadets as they strove to succeed at each task.  ”The contest this year was as competitive as ever with all the teams showing bags of enthusiasm and team spirit.”  Colonel Denison also thanked the Management Committee and The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths for their continued support and sponsorship of the competition.

The winning team’s Civilian Instructor Alex Sadler said, “I couldn’t be more excited, I’m emotionally and physically drained – spurring them on has been more knackering than actually doing it I think. It’s been an absolutely great event, the staff have kept it well, it’s gone really well. They started out really hard, they pushed through the whole day and absolutely tanked it , they’ve done so well and I am so pleased for all of them.

Throughout the competition, the Cadets were looked after by volunteer Officers and Adult Instructors who manage a broad programme of military and adventurous training activities designed to develop character and leadership.