20 October 2017
Over the weekend of the 22-24 September 2017, Army Cadets from E ‘The Rifles’ Company competed in the National Rifles Cadet Cup Competition at Longmoor Training Camp in Hampshire. The team was made up of ten cadets led by Cadet Sjt Jack Goode and Cadet Sjt Jak Lomas.
The Rifles Cup is an Annual National Competition organized and judged by the Regular Riflemen for all cadet companies who wear the Rifles badge. The E Company team had been training for several weeks under the guidance of Adult Under Officer Andrew Gillings, Colour Serjeant Sharon Arundell and Serjeant Natalie Townend.
The competition is gruelling both mentally and physically and involves each team undertaking tasks where their cadet training skills are put to the test. The First Aid stand was staged around a helicopter crash which involved the team thinking quickly to determine priorities and protect the crash site, as well as testing command tasks and military knowledge. The Observation stand involved a memory game which included an observation post where teams had to observe an enemy force who were planting an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), Section Attacks and Close Quarter Battle drills.
As if all this wasn’t enough to face, teams were also tested on recognition of Rifles’ bugle calls, an Urban Assault and an arduous assault course, which involved a march and shoot and a stretcher run.
E Company cadets demonstrated they had the strength and mettle to outperform all the other teams and were crowned National Champions. Adult Under Officer Andrew Gillings who had trained the team said: “I am thrilled for the cadets, they worked hard and deserved this fantastic victory.”
The Officer Commanding E (The Rifles) Company Major Neil Patton said: “This is a fantastic achievement for E Company. I am immensely proud of all of the cadets who took part and I would like to thank the adult volunteers who helped achieve this tremendous accolade for E Company.
Cpl Alex Griffiths (Mirfield), Cdt Mitchell White (Batley), L/Cpl Samuel Love (Normanton), L/Cpl Oliver Wilson (Ossett), L/Cpl Steven Hill (Mirfield) L/Cpl Benjamin Thewlis (Batley) L/Cpl Ben Moizer (Batley), Cdt Harvey Stannard (Fitzwilliam) Sjt Jak Lomas (South Elmsall) and Sjt Jack Goode (Batley)
Report by Sgt Mary Hood