Welwyn Garden City cadets to test their mettle in national competition

PUBLISHED: 13:35 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:35 29 August 2018

Some of Welwyn Garden City's army cadets. Picture: supplied

Some of Welwyn Garden City's army cadets. Picture: supplied

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A group of Welwyn Garden City cadets have been selected to join a gruelling nationwide competition hosted by the the British Army.

Welwyn Garden City's army cadets. Picture: suppliedWelwyn Garden City's army cadets. Picture: supplied

Between September 21 and 23, 10 youngsters from the Welwyn Garden City army cadets will be put through their paces in a 48-hour competition.

The Rifles Cadet Cup selects just 30 teams to take part in the challenge over a 10km route, testing their navigation, first aid, military knowledge, shooting and fieldcraft skills along the way.

Some of the cadets are as young as 12, and detachment commander Nick Flood said “they’re a little bit nervous, but ultimately they’re confident because they’ve all got the ability to do it”.

They were “really excited”, he said, when they heard they had been selected.

Nick, having been a cadet himself, has been volunteering as an instructor for three years and began as a commander for the Welwyn Garden City army cadets just this summer.

“It’s something that I found extremely valuable so I wanted to give something back,” he said.

“They’re an excellent bunch and I wanted to do well for them because I got so much out of being a cadet myself.”

He added that the Welwyn Garden City cadets’ motto is “to inspire, to achieve”, and this is what he hopes the cadets will remember on their competition.

“They’re going to be carrying everything they need – 48 hours’ worth of food and water – and they’re going to have to have a good crack at it, and have the discipline to communicate effectively and use all their field skills,” he said.

The Welwyn Garden City army cadets recruit from between the ages of 12 and 18.

The group parades every Monday and Wednesday, between 7.30pm and 9.30pm, at ACF Detachment in Lemsford Lane, in Welwyn Garden City.

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