Cadet Competition

Cadet Competition

Army Cadet Force, 107 London Detachment win 2020 Royal Signals Cadet Competition


· 107 London Detachment are awarded prize for best detachment in 2020 Royal Signals Cadet Competition.

· The Detachment took part in the Royal Signals 100for100 challenge raising over £500.

· Cadets overcame lockdown to find new and ingenious ways to train virtually.

The Royal Signals has been running an Army Cadet Force competition for three years now, in a bid to encourage more cadets to understand communications, IT and cyber. 107 detachment are part of Greater London South East Sector ACF were this year’s winner. The cadets involved are aged between 12 -18 years old and train once a week, albeit this year has been different and the need to adapt to a new way of training has never been greater. However the cadets have still received the exceptionally high level of instruction and support through the dedicated adult volunteers who give up their time to encourage and support them. Annual and weekend camps again have all had to be modified teaching them all aspects of military training, 2020 has definitely taught everyone the importance of communication!

Colonel Douglas Corps Col Reserves, who set up the competition said ‘this competition demonstrates everything great about the Army Cadet Force and even despite the pandemic cadets across the country gave 100% effort to this competition’.

107 Detachment were awarded this prestigious prize due to their utter dedication and determination over the course of the year, completing hours of training activities and excelling with the development their cadets, all while working alongside and supporting their parent regiment, 71 Signal Regiment and community. During lockdown the decision was made to stop all face to face training of detachments, 107 Detachment did not let this stand in their way. Instead, they rose above the challenges and despite the odds, used lockdown to their advantage by creating new ways to carry on virtually. This included over 20 virtual detachment battles including photography competitions, Build a Jimmy, camouflage and concealment, great bake off competitions and much more.

The detachment were also commended by their support and involvement with our Corps Centenary challenge of 100for100 in June, raising over £500 and completing 1800kms.

Detachment Commander 2Lt Jay Russell said ‘In what has been a turbulent time for all, I could not think of a better way to end 2020 than with my cadets being awarded with this honour, especially in the Corps Centenary year. It is great to see that their hard work and commitment has paid off, I am beyond proud of them all.’

Cadet CSM Kitty Beattie said ‘Winning the best Royal Signals detachment is a great honour and one myself and the cadets are delighted to be awarded. We look forward to continuing to work with the Royal Signals and I know the cadets will continue to achieve amazing things.’

Congratulations to all those units that entered in 2020, the standard has been set very high. We look forward to the opening of the 2020/21 competition.