Since the end of March, Army Cadets up and down the country have moved their training online to ensure that the cadets were not falling behind in their cadet progression and also trying to help improve people’s Mental Health by staying connected during lockdown. Throughout lockdown the cadets of Alness have been engaging with the Battalion’s Online Programme, from weekly training lessons to online competitions and challenges. The cadets were welcomed back to their detachment where they – keeping to Social Distancing guidelines – spent the night celebrating their achievements in lockdown.
Cadet Jack Ross (13) and Cadet Calum Roberts (15) were both presented with their Basic Certificates and Badges. The final presentation was a triple sports presentation to Cadet Corporal Kai Greig (15) for his efforts in taking part in the ACF’s Virtual 1 Mile Competition in June, where cadets up and down the country competed against each other – from the comforts of their own home – to run a mile and upload their times to Strava. Cpl Greig was presented with his "National Sports Competitor" Badge, a Silver Medal for finishing 2nd in the Junior Boys Category for the Mile's Scottish Results and Bronze Medal for coming 3rd in the National Results.
The Army Cadets are allowed to return to face to face training in Scotland as it falls under the youth sector and classified as a designated essential service that engages young people within their communities and also acknowledges the wider networks of peers, community and culture, as well as supporting the young person to realise their potential and to address life’s challenges critically and creatively.