Schools win competition at Brompton Barracks

Posted on April 30, 2018

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Cadets from Ealing’s St Benedict’s and Cardinal Wiseman schools are celebrating after winning a competition at the Royal School of Military Engineering.

The schools’ CCF unit from Ealing formed a team to take part in the open day at Brompton Barracks in Chatham where they competed in a range of activities including an assault boat time trial and bulldozer driving.

“It was an amazing day of learning and spending quality time with my CCF peers” said L/Cpl Marta Mucko. “A great highlight was that we had a chance to spend a day representing St Benedict’s CCF and learn many things we wouldn’t learn on a daily basis."

The event was organised by 1 Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment and the St Benedict’s team were competing against 11 other schools and an Army Cadet Force unit.

The day began with a brick-laying competition and was followed by a quick lesson on the 12-hour ration pack. The weather closed in as teams moved to the Sea Survival stand where cadets floated a life-raft. They braved the rain to learn about the various types of boat used by the Royal Engineers, from two-man Recce Boats to eight-man Rigid Raiders and Combat Support Boats. 

A highlight of the day was the Assault Boat time trial which featured a combination of paddling and a command task. Next, cadets had the chance to clamber over diggers and bulldozers, some of them armoured before using a digger to clock the fastest time using a claw-grab to stack tyres.

At the prize-giving ceremony the team received the shield from the Commanding Officer of 1RSME.