Field Day fun for Eastbourne College

Posted on October 13, 2017

Eastbourne Army

Cadets from all three sections at the Eastbourne College CCF, recently took part in their first Field Day of the academic year. Pupils from Year 10 and the Sixth Form, attended and took part in a range of activities within each section. The school has reported back on what each section got up to:

Army

Year 10 recruits to the Army section participated in a circuit of seven activities: air rifle shooting, archery, a drill session with one of their newly appointed NCOs, a teamwork challenge (using metal detectors to clear a safe route through a mock minefield), an introduction to platoon harbours, an introduction to the observation skills required for good fieldcraft, and a familiarisation lesson on the rank structure used within the cadet movement.

Also taking part was the Sixth Form section of new Lower Sixth who have chosen the Army Section as their service option for the year. Three of the activities were led by Upper Sixth NCOs, the others by adult officers. For each activity, the eight sections were assessed and scores awarded. Results were announced, and prizes given by the contingent commander, at a presentations parade at the school’s next training afternoon.

RAF

All RAF cadets participated in the first Field Day, staying overnight at RAF Halton. The trip enabled them to experience life at a station which is the home of new recruits that choose to go into the regular service.

The following morning, they travelled to RAF Benson for air experience flying (AEF) in the Grob Tutor aircraft. Cadets were given the opportunity to spend 30-40 minutes with a pilot, with the chance to fly the aircraft themselves as well as experience aerobatics if desired. Despite some poor weather, nearly every cadet was able to fly. 

Royal Navy

Around 40 Royal Navy CCF cadets travelled to Bristol for their activities. The cadets slept on HMS Bristol (a decommissioned destroyer) on Whale Island, a naval base. The following day cadets were able to explore HMS Victory and also the Mary Rose, learning about her rich history.  

The school commented that the experience was very positive for all cadets and NCOs involved and a great start to the CCF programme for this year.