Youngsters trained to improve leader skills

Longbenton air cadets get to grips with one of the leadership tasks.

Longbenton air cadets get to grips with one of the leadership tasks.

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Air cadets have been improving their leadership skills thanks to advice from RAF personnel.

Members of 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron took part in a weekend-long course at RAF Boulmer near Alnwick.

It was great to see our young people develop together by gaining new skills and experiences that will take them forward in life.

Squadron boss, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson

RAF leadership specialists trained the 24-strong cadets in communication, problem solving and strategic thinking before taking to the field in a three hour-long leadership exercise.

Cadet Abbie Steward, 15, of Longbenton, said: “It was a challenging weekend with lots of different activities. The three-hour exercise involved us competing against the other team by putting our new leadership skills into practice and communicating via radio. It was great fun.”

Squadron boss, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson added: “RAF Boulmer were excellent hosts and I thank them for that. It was great to see our young people develop together by gaining new skills and experiences that will take them forward in life.”

Longbenton Squadron is currently open to new members in Year 8 and above. For more information visit www.2344.org.uk