Cadets from 78 (Wembley) Squadron RAF Air Cadets have won the coveted Elworthy Trophy, the country’s only tri-service cadet military skills competition. The Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Mr Kenneth Olisa OBE, who attended the competiion and spent time with the cadets, presented the trophy to the winning team.
Eleven teams from the four Cadet services within Greater London (Royal Marine and Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force, RAF Air Cadets and Combined Cadet Force) battled it out on a sunny autumn day at the annual event on 14 October, held at the Keogh Barracks in Surrey. The competition tests the basic skills of the teams of Cadets aged 12-18 years and combines these with general physical and mental agility. It is a challenging competition and is fiercely contested by all who enter.
The Cadets were put through their paces during the event and took part in a series of fun and demanding team activities including archery, command tasks, rowing, first aid, a weight pull, navigation, communication and observation tests.
The Wembley Air cadets demonstrated their expertise and teamwork by performing consistently well across the board. Colonel Ian Denison OBE, Colonel Cadets London, who was instrumental in the planning and organisation of the event, enjoyed watching the teams of Cadets as they strove to succeed at each task. ”The contest this year was as competitive as ever with all the teams showing loads of enthusiasm and team spirit.” Colonel Denison also thanked The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths and the Royal British Legion for their support and sponsorship of the competition, The First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (Princess Royal's Volunteer Corps) for administering the event and the Royal Army Medical Corps staff of Keogh Barracks.
Throughout the competition, the Cadets were looked after by volunteer Officers and Adult Instructors who manage a broad programme of military and adventurous training activities designed to develop character and leadership.
The Elworthy Trophy
The competition was born in 1978 at the instigation of Marshal of the Royal Air Force, Lord Elworthy KG GCB CBE DSO MVO DFC AFC.
On his retirement as Lord Lieutenant of Greater London and President of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for Greater London, he presented his Battle of Britain Commemorative Sword as a trophy to be competed for annually by cadets of the three services within Greater London.