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.

Royal patronage

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.

Scroll through our gallery to learn more about our rich history....

TS STARLING, as a registered charity (Number 521123), has been serving South Sefton as a valuable Youth Training resource since 1943.

We have been at our current site since 1975, and with a current complement of 75 Cadets, we think our success speaks for itself!

Cadets parade on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7.15 to 9.30pm. Juniors parade on Thursdays from 7.15 till 9.30pm

The Cadets learn valuable life skills in a fun and safe environment, within a disciplined structure based on the customs and traditions of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

Interested in joining us and starting your adventure with Sea Cadets Sefton? Visit the Contact Us page for more information - we look forward to welcoming you.

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