The Mayor of Sutton, Councillor Richard Clifton, entertained Sutton cadets at a reception in the Mayor’s Parlour to celebrate their success in prestigious national trophies. The Army and Combined Cadet Force cadets, Sea Cadets, and Police Cadets were in attendance on Thursday 12 January.
The Elworthy Trophy is competed for annually by military cadet groups. In 2016 not only did a Sutton detachment of cadets win this prestigious trophy but a second Sutton detachment finished as runners up. The winners were 157 Regiment Royal Artillery Cadets, based in Stonecot. The runners-up were the Combined Cadets Corps from Wilson’s School, the corps including girls from Wallington High School for Girls. The tasks to be completed by the teams that competed included constructing a raft and sailing it across a lake.
Councillor Richard Clifton, the Mayor of Sutton, said:
“There are many opportunities for young people in Sutton to contribute to the local community, and many do by joining uniformed organisations including the army cadets, the Combined Cadet Forces groups in local schools, the Police Cadets and the Sea Cadets.
“Sutton leads the way in the strength and success of our local cadet groups. I have visited many of these groups during my year as Mayor and the enthusiasm of the cadets and the volunteer leaders is quite phenomenal. These groups present young people in Sutton with great opportunities for exciting and socially useful activities, and it is wonderful that such a high proportion take them up.”
Sutton has one of the largest contingents of male and female police cadets in London. Last year, for the second year running the Sutton unit won the Metropolitan Police’s Volunteer Police Cadet Competition held at the Gravesend Police Centre. During the competition the cadets demonstrated their skills in dealing with various scenarios such as a road traffic collisions, a missing person enquiry, first aid and evidence gathering. A team of eight from the Sutton unit also represented the Met at the annual National Volunteer Police Cadet Competition held at the Lancashire Police Headquarters, and came second.
Young people in Sutton can choose to join a range of groups and organisations that will help them learn new skills as they make friends. In addition to the army, sea and police cadet organisations there are various Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Girl Guides groups that welcome new recruits. Many of these groups also offer the chance to partake in the Duke of Edinburgh award alongside other great opportunities.