New CCF Opens at South Shields School
A CCF Royal Navy section has opened at South Shields Community School under the Cadet Expansion Programme.
The unit is the first standalone Navy section in the North East, and will be open to pupils from Year 9 and above. The Head Teacher, Mrs Allie Denholm, said how proud she was of the young cadets, and how grateful she was to the volunteers from the school staff who were supporting the fledgling unit.
CCF Royal Navy units are supported by the CCF Royal Navy Youth Team, who sent a number of their officers and instructors to the opening parade, at which the VIP was Commodore Phil Waterhouse, Naval Regional Commander for the North of England. Guests were also treated to an impressive musical display by a Royal Marines Corps of Drums.
Liz Green, School Cadet Expansion Officer, said, "Finally seeing the Cadets on parade after many months of planning is fantastic, and testament to the commitment of the Head Teacher and school governors to making the scheme work within the School. Many young people will be able to benefit from the development opportunities offered by the CCF, and I wish the contingent much success for many years to come."
Further information on the Cadet Expansion Programme can be found here.