First Royal Navy CCF unit for Wales

Posted on April 30, 2018

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The first Royal Navy Combined Cadet Force (CCF) unit in Wales celebrated its formal launch with a commissioning ceremony last week.

A total of 29 pupils from Fitzalan High School in the west of Cardiff were inspected by Commodore Jonathan Fry, Head of Youth and Cadets at the Ministry of Defence, as part of the special ceremony. 

He was accompanied by The Queen’s representative for South Glamorgan, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Morfudd Meredith.

More than 90 people attended the event on Thursday 26 April, which included the Lord Mayor of Cardiff, senior civic dignitaries, parents and members of the local community.

The CCF unit started in November 2017 after Fitzalan High School joined the Cadet Expansion Programme (CEP). The objective is to increase the number of young people in state schools who are able to access the benefits of the cadet experience.

Fitzalan High School is a highly inclusive school and caring community. It provides outstanding support for pupils’ wellbeing, which contributes to their high standards of moral, social and cultural development.

Faris Malik (16), a Welsh Academy rower and rugby player as well as CCF cadet, said: “Joining the CCF has given me a chance to develop my leadership skills and improve how I work in a team with other pupils.

“I can feel the difference it has made to my self-confidence and I’m more comfortable when I take on new challenges. It’s also helped me to be more organised and that is reflected in my school work, too.”

Since the CCF unit opened in Fitzalan High School, the cadets have taken part in first aid training with St John’s Ambulance as they work towards awareness certificates. The school’s swimming pool has enabled kayaking training and they have also visited HMS Express to see the different roles carried out on board.

Major Stephen John, School Cadet Expansion Officer at the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales, said: “There are currently seven schools in Wales who have unique educational partnerships with a CCF unit. This has allowed young people to develop their self-confidence and resilience, improve their performance in school and enhance their chances of employment and further education."

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