Army cadets win South African adventure

23 April 2012

The results of CVQO’s Duke of Westminster Award competition have been announced, with three army cadets making the grade and winning the coveted prize of a 3 week adventure in South Africa.

The winners, joining other members of UK youth organisations, will attend an awards ceremony and lunch in June, and one will also be declared the winner of the prestigious Duke of Westminster Award 2012.

From 20,000 potential nominees, 21 competitors took part in a challenging selection assessment in April, following a programme of physical and mental tasks designed to reflect which participants are worthy of the top award. In addition, the activities undertaken during the challenge met the criteria for each candidate to achieve a Level 3 Award in Leadership from the Institute of Leadership and Management.

The winning army cadets are Surrey ACF Cdt RSM James Bamforth, Hampshire and Isle of Wight ACF Cdt LCpl Pippa Haines and South East London ACF Cdt Colour Sgt Precious Oyelade.

Edward Woods, Chief Executive of CVQO and head of the selection panel says, “It was a really tough job choosing just nine, but we are very confident that our finalists will make a fantastic team in South Africa.”


1) Cdt Colour Sgt Precious (right) during a task

2) Cdt LCpl Pippa (front) Cdt RSM James (2nd to front) during a task

3) Cdt RSM James Bamforth

4) Cdt Colour Sgt Precious Oyelade