A big part of the Air Cadets, particularly Malmesbury Squadron, is Sports and 'PT' (Physical Training).
Cadets are encouraged to take part in the wide range of sports that is offered to them, be it competitive Football, Rugby, Hockey or Cross Country, as well as Wing Based Swimming competitions.
As part of the squadron's Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, cadets participate in sport sessions that contribute towards Bronze, Silver or Gold level DofE (You can find out about DofE Here).
Sport at Wing level
Once a year, the squadron sends a group of cadets to compete in Wing level competitions which puts the squadrons in the wing. Wing Sports Trials are held annually and test the cadet's ability in Football, Netball, Hockey and Rugby. Depending on the outcome of the trials, cadets can be put forward for Region and then Corps level sports competitions.
Wing Cross Country competitions are held yearly, usually alongside Wing Trials. There are several age and gender determined groups that allow cadets to compete towards the Mercury Cup, which is awarded to the cadet/unit with the best Cross Country time.
With a high Military Infrastructure presence in Wiltshire, we are lucky to be able to use Tidworth Oval which is used by Army units in and around Salisbury Plain.
For the past 4 years, 992 has won Wing Athletics!
Swimming in the Air Cadets
Wing swimming competitions are a big part of the squadrons sporting portfolio, with a squadron team being sent annually to compete against other squadrons. The squadron has an excellent record for swimming competitions, and we actively encourage all cadets regardless of ability to enter and complete.
Last year, 992 came 2nd place at the Wing Swimming event!