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SEA CADETS NATIONAL TROPHIES AND AWARDS ANNOUNCED

SEA CADETS NATIONAL TROPHIES AND AWARDS ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to this year's national trophy and award winners, who were announced today.

Scarborough Unit has won the coveted Canada Trophy, which is awarded to the unit considered to have attained the highest standard over the year. Barrow-in-Furness Sea Cadets, last year's winner, has secured the Thomas Gray Memorial Trophy, which is the runner-up to the Canada Trophy and was won last year by Scarborough.

Ashington and Bexley & Lewisham units are joint winners of the Captain’s Cup, which goes to the unit that has made a particular impression on Captain Sea Cadets.

Captain Philip Russell RN, Captain Sea Cadets, said: "Congratulations to all our 2017 trophy winners. It's been another memorable year for Sea Cadets, and it's great to recognise the fantastic work that our units, volunteers and cadets have been doing up and down the country. The standard continues to increase, and there were many commendable performances."

Other awards and trophies include:

Stephenson Trophy: Scarborough;  Bexley & Lewisham; Ashington; Barrow in Furness; Portsmouth; Exmouth

McBeath Trophy: Middlesbrough

Captain Roddie Casement Sword: Lt (SCC) Michael Farrell RNR, North West

Next year's Gibraltar Cup contenders were also revealed. They are:

Eastern Area: Sheffield

London Area: Kingston & District

Northern Area: Hartlepool

North West Area: Preston

Southern Area: Jersey

South West Area: Gloucester

You can view the full list of winners here.

CADETS ENJOY NCS GRADUATION

CADETS ENJOY NCS GRADUATION

Cadets who took part in NCS were recognised for their amazing projects at a graduation ceremony at Trinity House, London. 

The graduation took place on Saturday 9 December, with cadets from across the country coming together in celebration of their achievements.

This year, the scheme was run in North West, London, Southern, South West and Eastern areas. In phase one, cadets enjoyed various activities at SCTC Raleigh, including tobogganing, skiing, snowboarding and sledding. They also faced their fears on climbing walls and took on a huge waterborne assault course in half-term week (24 October – 27 October).

Cadets then immediately returned to their respective areas, where they started phase two of the project. This included learning employability skills, as well as a session where the teens researched and pitched to link up with community projects. For phase three, a social action project, groups chose a charity or cause to support and delivered the programme in their local community.

London Area set up an education stall talking to the public about addiction and sexual exploitation, while Eastern Area cadets ran an action-packed training day and pictures night for Harborough Junior Sea Cadets in aid of Action4Homeless Leicester. Cadets in South West Area ran an activity day at Victoria Centre in Lydney, Gloucestershire, which provides meals and entertainment for the elderly during the week. And North West Area is working with Veterans in Sefton, a service that offers personalised support to military veterans in need, to distribute rucksacks containing vital items to homeless veterans.

Meanwhile, Southern Area cadets held a Christmas fair on Sunday 3 December in Woking in partnership with Surrey-based Challengers Disability, which provides inclusive play and leisure activities for disabled children and young people in the South East. Challengers Disability needs to raise £600,000 to renovate its fire-damaged property.

CADETS ATTEND COMMISSIONING OF HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH

CADETS ATTEND COMMISSIONING OF HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH

Sea Cadets was honoured to be part of an historic day at the commissioning of HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Her Majesty the Queen yesterday commissioned the UK's new aircraft carrier into the Royal Navy, at a ceremony that cadets and volunteers were invited to.

First Sea Lord cadets from Sea Cadets, CCF (Combined Cadet Force) and VCC (Volunteer Cadet Corps) handed out programmes and assisted VIPs. 

The Queen spoke at Portsmouth Naval Base, attended by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and military chiefs.

In her role as the ship's Lady Sponsor, Her Majesty addressed guests before the ship's Commanding Officer, Captain Jerry Kyd, read the commissioning warrant. The White Ensign was then raised.

 

SEA CADETS FINALISTS AT CYP NOW AWARDS

SEA CADETS FINALISTS AT CYP NOW AWARDS

Sea Cadets is proud to have been a finalist at the Children and Young People Now Awards in the National Citizen Service category.

The event celebrates best practice in the children's sector, and Sea Cadets was shortlisted for its NCS pilot, which ran last autumn. 

Last night's ceremony took place at the Lancaster London and was hosted by children's TV presenter Anna Williamson, who is also an ambassador for Childline, Mind and The Prince's Trust.

Twenty-three winners received awards at the glitzy event, in what was an evening of celebration. The National Citizen Service Award, sponsored by the NCS Trust, was won by Ingeus: Nottinghamshire NCS Regional Youth Board  congratulations to them, and all the other finalists. 

Sea Cadets is running NCS again this year in London, Southern, North West, Eastern and South West areas. Cadets are currently preparing for Phase Three, which is a social action project.

LIBOR FUNDING FOR SEA CADETS PORTAL

LIBOR FUNDING FOR SEA CADETS PORTAL

Sea Cadets is delighted to announce that a £304,000 LIBOR funding bid for a new cadet portal has been granted.

The announcement was made in today’s Budget, and paves the way for the interactive online gateway, Waypoint, which will allow 14,000 cadets to manage their training progression and personal development digitally.

The project is cadet-led, and aims to inspire competition, camaraderie and participation, consistent with how young people typically connect today. It will be accessible to all 14,000 sea cadets, who will be able to search, interact with the charity, progress their training and select courses and experiences that will build personal skills such as motivation, self-confidence, leadership, communication and team working.

Waypoint will also act as a spring-board to joining Sea Cadets, allowing young people to experience life-changing opportunities, such as offshore voyages and boating, all while earning nationally recognised qualifications. In turn, this improves life skills and physical and mental wellbeing, and helps teenagers to meet new people.

LIBOR funding is awarded to projects that support the UK’s Armed Forces and Emergency Services communities across the UK, and comes from fines collected from banks.

The portal is scheduled to launch in 2019.