Sea Cadets helps teenagers to stretch themselves and become the best they can be. We know what that takes because we've been doing it for over 160 years.
The turbulence of youth
The pressures that young people face are ever-changing, but what remains constant is that the teenage years can be turbulent. Independence is exciting, but also daunting.
For orphans of the Crimean War, sleeping in the back streets of England’s sea ports, life looked bleak. To help them, coastal communities banded together to provide places for sailors to pass on nautical skills and training to give these destitute young people a future. This is how, in 1856, the Naval Lads’ Brigade was born.
Soon, they were springing up across the country, and in 1899, Queen Victoria marked their importance to young people by becoming Patron, and giving £10 to the Windsor unit for uniforms.
Today, HM The Queen is our Patron and HRH The Prince Andrew Duke of York KG GCVO is our Admiral of the Corps.
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About the Unit
Officially formed in December 2014, Market Harborough Sea Cadets was firstly a satellite unit of Hinckley Sea Cadets in August 2012.
Now with 35+ cadets, the unit operates from both the Army Cadet HQ in Yeomanry Court and the St Dionysius Church Hall on Coventry Road every Tuesday and Friday evening.
With £250,000 of waterbased training equipment available at out regional facility in Thrapston, Harborough cadets are very active on the water, they learn many skills and achieve a variety of qualifications through fun and adventure.