177 Excel At The Welbeck Challenge 2019

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Welbeck DSFC Tri-Service Cadet Challenge

Cadets from 177 (Blackpool Airport) Squadron travelled to the Defence Sixth Form College at Welbeck over the weekend of 22-24 March 2019. The aim was to participate in the Leadership and Stem Challenge which they host every year.

Welbeck Challenge 2019

The event is open to all Cadet Forces across the UK, including Air Training Corps (ATC), Army Cadet Force (ACF), Sea Cadet Corps (SCC) and Combined Cadet Force (CCF). They accept 25 teams of cadets; each team must consist of 8-10 cadets all of whom must be in schools years 9 or 10.

The event is a wonderful weekend with a mix of activity. The aim is to develop leadership and teamwork skills whilst showcasing the types of careers open to the them in the British Military based on STEM subjects.


Welbeck Challenge 2019

Each team must compete in the following:

2 x Command Tasks, Trim trail, Orienteering, Obstacle course, first aid, rocket car building with the bloodhound SSC team, other military based tasks as organised by the Royal Air Force (RAF), Royal Logistic Corps (RLC), Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), Royal Signals.

The cadets are given a tour of the College and each team is allocated two Welbeck students to look after them for the duration of the competition.

177 Squadron had a wonderful weekend and performed very well at all the assigned tasks, eventually being placed 4th overall; only losing out to two ACF county teams and a large CCF Academy.

Welbeck Challenge 2019

The Cadets are accommodates in tents but are fed in the College refectory, they also have an enjoyable social event on the Saturday night which allows them to mix with everyone not in a competitive setting

Flight Lieutenant Nickson, Officer Commanding of 177 Squadron said  “The teams that won did deserve their success but they had many cadets to choose from to build a team. I brought virtually all of my eligible cadets, so I am very proud of their amazing achievement”.

He continued, “Welbeck is an amazing place; the College Staff and students put on a wonderful weekend to ensure that the cadets have a successful time”.