Monthly Archives: June 2017

Royal County of Berkshire Army cadets have most successful shooting year


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Cadets from the Royal County entered a Nationally organised ACF small bore competition with 600 entries and run under civilian National Small-bore rifle  Association rules.

Of the initial squad of 12, 10 managed to shoot well enough in the first round where the top 200 competitors could continue into the second round

After a further round of shooting 7 of the team were in the top 100 of the whole competition and have been awarded the coveted Cadet 100 badge 2016/7 to wear on their uniform.

4 of the team entered last year and this was the first year for the remainder of the squad.

2 Cadets, CSM Kelly and Cpl Egereva, shot well enough to be selected for the ACF l team to shoot in the Junior Inter-Services Small-bore match, The Whistler Trophy  and have been awarded their National Colours.

LCpl A Egereva of 9 Platoon Caversham is to be commended to achieving second place in the overall Cadet 100 competition for the second year running.

In order to get to this high standard of shooting  Cadets had to attend a minimum of 10 training sessions between September and October and further shooting in February for the second round of the competition.

For further information on Cadet competition shooting please look at the CCRS (Council for Cadet Rifle Shooting ) website

C/SM J Kelly               Whitley            Riles

L/Cpl A Egereva         Caversham     REME

C/SM G Manning        Caversham     REME

Cpl H Lee                    Woodley          REME

Cdt F.O’Higgins          Woodley          REME

Cdt C Stevens            Caversham     REME

Cpl C.Turner               Caversham     REME

https://armycadets.com/county/royal-county-of-berkshire-acf/

Introducing the very first New Style UKCC Level 3 Surf Kayak Coach in the UK


Sea Cadet Adult Volunteer – Sub Lieutenant Monty Smedley from Southampton has become the very first person in the UK to qualify as a UKCC Level 3 Surf Kayak Coach. Monty who is the SCC Headquarters Staff Officer for Paddlesports gained the new award very recently after completing a very tough training and assessment program which included:

  • A three-day core training course in 2015 which is common to all Coaches on the Level 3 pathway. This was followed by two days of discipline specific (surf kayak) training at Westward Ho! In North Devon. On completion Monty then had to find two mentors, one to advise on coaching practice and one to advise on technical delivery. Both mentors had to watch the sessions he delivered over a one year period.
  • Finding 2-4 committed cadets who would sign up for a year long process including goal setting, monthly sessions and attending a final assessment day.  Two cadets, identical twins Sophie and Beth from Salisbury unit, signed up, each with individual goals, each completing 21 sessions with Monty over a 12-month period.
  • Planning the long-term student’s development into sessions, agreeing dates around school work and other commitments, running sessions on the water, reviewing and then writing up all of the information into a portfolio, which was nearly 200 pages when complete.
  • Submitting the final portfolio for review and undertaking a final full day’s assessment in Bude, North Cornwall

As part of the process Beth and Sophie took part in a surf competition and both achieved their BC 3* Surf Kayak Award.

As you can see from what was required this was a long process, which amongst work, family and other SCC commitments took up most of Monty’s free time!

S/Lt (SCC) Monty Smedley RNR is a long-term SCC Volunteer who has been an Instructor in the organisation since 1994. Now aged 41 He is still as committed to the SCC and Kayaking as he was when joining as a cadet at York Unit in his teens. Monty gained his BCU 1 Star award in 1991 and became a L2 Coach/Assessor in July 2000 since then he has built up a large portfolio of BCU (latterly Canoe England) Qualifications using them both as a coach and a committed paddler.

Written by Lt Cdr (SCC) Ray Mitchell GCGI RNR

http://www.sea-cadets.org/