The Air Cadets offer wide range of sporting opportunities. We participate in many different sporting events
Cross - Country running
The Air Cadets also offers cadets of all ages to represent our wing and region in the following sports:
Netball (girls only)
Hockey (girls only)
Football (boys only)
Rugby (boys only)
Playing in these events gives the cadets the chance to meet other cadets from different squadrons, which is always a great experience.
To make sure the competitions are fair, the cadets are split into different categories, the boys are split into junior, intermediate and senior boys, whilst the girls are split into junior and senior girls.
Our dedicated staff members organise team practices and fun days out to do with sport, including football practices and mountain biking. This gives the cadets a chance to represent the squadron in a sports team and gives the cadets a chance to try something new.
During summer, we spend some squadron nights at Thornes Park participating in small inter - squadron competitions including rounders, football and tag rugby.
The female cadets and staff of our squadron have run the annual 'Race for Life' over the past few years. This has raised a lot of money due to the kind donations from family and friends.
Overall, sport in the Air Cadets is very varied, and sporting events occur all year round. This means that there are many opportunities for the cadets to continue in the sports that they already excel in. It also gives them the opportunities to participate in sports in which they usually don't play.
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
At 127 (City of Wakefield) Squadron all cadets from the ages of 14-21 are able to challenging program of activities which helps young people to learn new skills like: Navigation, First Aid, and Communication as well as experiencing adventure.
The Award is highly recognised in civilian and military life. This award shows determination, self-discipline, and confidence as well as been keen to take on new challenges.
During the three awards cadets must complete four sections- Service, Expedition, Skill and Physical Recreation and at Gold level there is also a Recreational Project.
Bronze-Cadets must be at least 14 years old to start the Bronze award and can expect it to take a minimum of six months to complete. To complete the Bronze award, cadets must complete a service, skill, physical recreation and plan & prepare for a 2 day venture. Based on an average of 1 hour per week, a cadet must actively take part in a service, skill and physical recreation for 3 months. These can of course run alongside each other and do not have to run concurrently.
Cadets must be at least 15 years old to start the Silver award and can expect it to take a minimum of six months to complete. To complete the Silver award, cadets must complete a service over 6 months, a skill and physical recreation for a total of nine months and plan & prepare for a 3 day venture.
The Gold award is the highest level in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Cadets must be at least 16 years old to start the award and can expect it to take a minimum of one year to complete. To complete the Gold award, cadets must complete a service over 12 months, a skill and physical recreation for a total of eighteen months and plan & prepare for a 4 day venture. In addition, Gold participants must also complete the residential element of the award. This involves undertaking a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights, with people who are not already known to them. On completion, cadets will be invited to either London or Edinburgh to be presented with their award by a key figure, quite possibly HRH Prince Phillip.
Flying & Gliding
Flying and Gliding is one of the fundamental activities that cadets can partake in. Cadets have the opportunity to fly several times throughout their time on squadron. These can be through Air Experience Flights (AEF) or Gliding Induction Courses (GIC) which can be a very exciting moment for everyone.
From time to time cadets get the chance to fly in service aircraft on camps and section visits ranging from a Chinook to a Hawk which is a once in a lifetime opportunity and would never be forgotten.
Flying takes place at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire with 9 AEF and 642 Volunteer Gliding Squadron.
Flying takes place in the Grob Tutor which is used to train all pilots who join the RAF as well as the University Air Squadrons around the country. When flying the student will be able to fly the aircraft, you will learn how to: Pitch, Roll and Yaw the aircraft and will have the chance to learn some aerobatics throughout the flight.
Gliding is a fantastic way to fly and with two types of gliders in the Air Cadets, it couldn’t get much better.
Cadets will have the chance to fly the Viking (Conventional Glider) which is launched by a winch and a Vigilant (Motor Glider) which is self-launching and will be shown how to control the aircraft as well as learning the key to stay airborne…thermals!
Whichever aircraft you're in or whatever way you get off the ground, your cadet flying experience can't be beaten, and may be just the beginning!
You've done your Gliding Induction Course, so what's next? Getting your Gliding Scholarship Wings.
This course gets you deeper into flying and gives you more flight time. To be nominated for a Gliding Scholarship (GS) just let your squadron or unit staff know you’re interested. It's open to anyone over 16. Once you pass the standard medical check, it's just a matter of waiting for a place on the course to become available.
Aircraft Flight time/glider launches
Vigilant 8 Hours (extra 20% allowed for further training to solo standard)
Viking 40 Launches
Courses can be taken either over weekends until completed. Course time can vary due to your progress and the weather, so
motivation and commitment is key. Typically, in summer, a course will take 3 weekends to complete. If you're successful, you can look forward to wearing your blue GS wings on your uniform with pride.
Going solo and beyond
Show the necessary aptitude and you could be invited to progress to solo standard and even achieve your silver GS wings for flying solo!
It doesn't end there. If you're one of the best you could be invited, or apply, to become a Flight Staff Cadet. Training to a much higher level, your gold GS wings for Advanced Glider Training (AGT) await.
And if you make it that far, it won't have been easy. You'll have a real talent for flying.
Shooting is one of the most popular activities in the air cadets and here at 127 (City of Wakefield) Squadron we are lucky enough to have our own 25 metre range and our own rifles for shooting. As cadets progress, they will be able to practice their skills on a regular basis and compete in many competitions throughout the year at Wing Shoots and the squadrons H Trophy. Learning to use a rifle is an exciting and interesting challenge, it requires strict discipline and as part of a cadet’s basic training they will learn to use a rifle. All shooting is done lying down and is monitored by professional qualified staff and training officers and each cadet must pass a weapons handling test every 6 months in order to shoot. Here at 127 squadron we train learn to fire two rifles.
The No8 rifle:
The No.8 rifle is a bolt action rifle. The weapon is a basic rifle that cadets will be training on and started its life as the Enfield No 4 rifle, used as far back as World War 2. However some changes have been made from the rifle your grandfather knew and loved. It now has a shorter barrel and fires the .22 long rifle round, it no longer takes the 10 round box magazine but instead each round is fed manually. The rifle makes little noise although ear defenders are always worn on a range.
The L98A2 rifle:
If you are over the age of 14 then you will be given the opportunity to handle the L98A2 Cadet GP rifle (L98). Again this is a modification from an Enfield rifle, this time it’s the L85A2 which is currently in active service with the British armed forces all over the world. This is a semi-automatic rifle that re cocks its self from the gas of the previous round fired. This rifle contains its ammunition in a 30 round magazine. Before firing this rifle, cadets will need separate training as it fires high velocity 5.56 ammunition, is much louder and has a more powerful kick to the shoulder.
But whatever rifle you fire the instructors will make you feel confident and safe with whatever weapon you use.
Drill & Parade
What's the point of drill and parade? You may think it doesn't have much to do with things like adventurous training, or leadership. That's not the case at all! It shows how disciplined and organised you can be as an individual, remembering instructions and carrying them out accurately. More importantly, it shows your ability to work in a team and is a way of displaying the high standards of dress and behaviour which air cadets are renowned for.
At 127 (City Of Wakefield) Squadron we enter the drill competition each year, working together to create a work of art. Many hours of practice is put into developing the skills of the cadets which is shown throughout the routine. This is a thrill seeking opportunity that the cadets should enjoy.
When a group of twenty cadets walk on to a parade square they are all individuals, but as soon as a session of drill begins the cadets become a team, following the orders given by one person. Instead of twenty individual feet hitting the ground, there is only one sound. This is the result of practice and teamwork.
Drill is also used when you are moving around in large groups in a smart, orderly fashion. Whatever the reason for a drill it's an impressive sight and shows civilians and members of the Forces just how well disciplined you are.
As a cadet you'll participate in various forms of drill, such as:
- Foot Drill
- Basic Drill (both quick & slow time )
- Banner Drill
- Band Drill
With a few years experience, and if you've attained a Non-Commissioned Officer rank, you could pass on your knowledge and experience to other cadets, instructing them on how to participate in a drill squad, taking charge of a drill squad yourself, or even playing a major part in ceremonial drill. Being a Standard Bearer at a Remembrance Day parade is a real moment of pride and achievement for a cadet.