About Our County

About Us

Bristol ACF aims to develop young people physically and mentally, improving self-confidence, teamwork, friendship and leadership. We welcome cadets of all abilities and backgrounds and also aim to develop a sense of community in our cadets.

The ACF provides a wide diversity of fun, exciting and adventurous opportunities and it is a gateway to recognised vocational qualifications from the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to BTEC First Diplomas which can help in working and school life.

We also run courses in Adventure Training, such as Canoeing, Kayaking, Climbing and Skiing, as well as Sports events, Shooting competitions, Duke of Edinburgh expedition, First Aid training, and much, much more. If you have a special interest, or would be interested in trying something new, the ACF will help you to do it.

Our Detachments

Bristol ACF runs 20 detachments across the whole of the city, from Thornbury and Yate, all the way down to Cadbury Heath and Keynsham. We support over 550 cadets with the help of over 100 volunteer adult instructors. We also run a training centre in Pilning, which supports cadet events most weekends.

The majority of our detachments are badged to The Rifles, although we also have affiliations to the Royal Signals, Royal Logistic Corps, the Grenadier Guards, REME, Royal Engineers and the Royal Tank Regiment.
Our detachments our divided into three companies:
A Company - 7 detachments in locations across the south of Bristol
B Company – B Company covers the largest geographical area of Bristol, with 7 detachments spread across the centre, north and west of the city
C Company – 6 detachments across the east of Bristol