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Sports

The Air Cadets offers a broad range of sporting activities to cadets, allowing you to represent your Squadron, Wing (County), Region (South West England) , and even go all the way to represent the Corps in the national competitions against the Army; Sea Cadets or an RAF Team. 2327 (Havant) Squadron has done very well in recent years with various cadets being awarded Corps Blues, the equivilant of a National cap, these are awarded for representing the Corps.

The Air Cadets also offers RAF-run courses for both cadets and staff to gain qualifications in such things as Community Sports Leader Course, Athletics Officials, Rugby and Netball Referees. Famous sportsmen such as Linford Christie, Rory Underwood and Geoff Capes are all former Air Cadets.

The Air Cadets do seven main sports to a National level:

Athletics

The Hampshire Wing Inter-Squadron Athletics Competition is held each year between the Squadrons in Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wing. The events include all the usual track events - 100m, 200m, 400, 800m and 1500 metres. The field events include long and high jump, discuss, javelin and shotputt. The ages groups are split for male cadets: under 15; 15-16 and 17 years and over. The female competiotion is split in two under 16 and 16 and over.

Team Sports

In the Air Cadets, there are four main team sports. For the main cadets it is Football and Rugby and female cadets it is Hockey and Netball Both have junior (under 16) and senior (16 and over) classes and are participated in from Wing (County) to Corps (National) levels. Trials are held every September and January for cadets from all Squadrons in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to dhow their skills and abilities and get into the Wing Team. If successfull you will represent the Wing against other Wings. There are SElectors at every competition and the best players from the Competition are selected for the next level.

Along with this Hampshire and Isle of Wight wing have an annual 5-a-side competition between the squadrons in the wing.

Cross-Country

This is another key even within the sports in the Air Cadets. It is held annually with participants of all ages competing against other cadets in the wing. From here they then continue onto Region and potentially Corps level. The course is on average 3 miles long.

Swimming

This is definitely one of the more social events in the Sports calenders. Swimmers of varying talents attend the annual swimming competition held at St John Moore Barricks in Winchester. All squadrons compete against each other and as with all the other events, the best swimmers will be selected for the next level and represent the Wing.


There are chances to do all sorts of spotring activities but the ones listed above are the nationally recognised ones. If you represent your Wing or higher at any of these events then you could be named Wing Sports Person of the year - almost as highly competed for as the BBC Sports Personality of the Year!!!!

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