621VGS News

News from March 2009

Posted on: March 23rd, 2009 by admin

Sarah acheived a Licentiateship in Youth Leadership and Training graduating at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on Friday 10th October 2008.

Sarah received her award from Admiral the Lord West of Spithead GCB DSC DUniv, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Security and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, CVQO (Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation).

Successful completion of these awards recognises at least five years of professional development and managerial experience. The award from City & Guilds, through CVQO, is with internationally recognised and is the equivalent of a foundation degree or Level 4 NVQ.

Edward Woods, chief executive, CVQO praised the volunteers’ efforts saying: “As these awards are gained in their spare time it is admirable that they have found time to study whilst holding down full time employment and giving hundreds of hours of voluntary service to the nation’s youth.”

“I had to write a reflective report on my time being a B Category Gliding instructor” Sarah said, “It was split in to different areas which had to cover at least two sides of A4, the headings were managing tasks, communicating, self management and development, working with and relating to other, applying knowledge, applying initiative in work problems ,reflections on own learning outcomes and three examples where I had carried out detailed research including give self examples all the way through.”

The person who marked the report said “Mrs Sarah Summerell has submitted a very impressive and thorough report”.

Posted on: March 16th, 2009 by admin

OC 621VGS was presented CFS Trophy at the 2009 Annual Conference held at RAF Cranwell. 621 is believed to be the first VGS to recieve Excellant from CFS for flying instruction.

OC 621VGS was presented CFS Trophy at the 2009 Annual Conference held at RAF Cranwell. 621 is believed to be the first VGS to recieve Excellant from CFS for flying instruction.

Posted on: March 16th, 2009 by admin

Flight Staff Cadets Rob Harris and Chris Ashford complete the Addidas Silverstone Half Marathon.

” It was hard but we got there! ”

Held on 15 March 2009 the Addidas Silverstone Marathon, which is often used as the official warm-up race for the Flora London Marathon, is a 13.1 mile run around the world famous F1 circuit.

“It took a lot of preparation and practice to go from being able to run just 1.5 miles to doing 13!” said Rob. “On the day the atmosphere was brilliant with thousands of people running. It took a lot of determination to just keep running but both me and Chris made it without stopping and in good times for our first half marathon. It was an excellent feeling of achievement and we are very proud that we completed it.”

Rob completed the course in a time of 2:05:32 with Chris slightly ahead, breaking the two hour mark, with a time of 1:53:39. Chris ran in aid of Cancer Research and raised around £130.

Well done guys!

Posted on: March 16th, 2009 by admin

621 Staff Cadets play in winning Corps Rugby team vs Warrington RUFC Colts.


Saturday 14th March- Air Training Corps V’s Warrington RUFC Colts.

Score ATC 24-15 Warrignton Colts.

Arriving at DCAE Cosford at 21:30 after 3 ½ hours travelling on the Friday night and only just meeting the people who we were playing with for the first time was well worth it for the great win against Warrington Colts.

After getting up at 06:30 on the Saturday to make it for breakfast we headed straight out to the rugby field for some training, splitting into backs and forwards we started with making moves from set-play, we soon realised that we needed to play simple rugby as none of us had played together before. When we finally come to pulling it all together with a team run through we headed back to the changing room to get ready for kick-off at 12:00.

From kick off to final whistle the ATC dominated nearly the whole game, our tackling and rucking was sending the opponents back and forcing them to make mistakes. After what seemed like 100 attempts and getting held up every time we finally got over the try line for our first try the score now 7-0. Following our lead Warrington’s reply to this was getting a try bringing them back into the game with a score of 7-5 to ATC. With a few choice but motivating words from our captain we went back out hungry for another try which we finally got putting us at 12-5 to ATC.

Second half. ATC kick-off, Tristan Woolcock caught the ball and set a maul which the forwards drove over the try line and put the ball down for a 17-5 lead all within 30 seconds of the start of the second half. Again the Warrington team came back and scored two tries making the score a close 17-15 to ATC but towards the end of the game the ATC walked home another try and conversion making the final score ATC 24-15 Warington Colts.

All in all a very enjoyable day except for the cramp on the train journey back!

Posted on: March 1st, 2009 by admin