One of the first sea cadet and Royal Marines cadet units to set up at a state school anywhere in the county, will be opening in Newmarket next month.
The unit will open at Newmarket College and will be aimed at local youngsters aged between 12 and 18.
“This will be one of the first ever units at a state school,” said the new unit’s commanding officer Lt (SCC) David Thompson.
“Newmarket College has offered us the use of their excellent facilities and the support we have received from all of the staff has been fantastic.
“Sea cadet training really helps to develop a sense of leadership and teamwork among young people and we’ve found it also gives them a lot more confidence,” he added.
“Cadets can take part in activities like sailing, scuba diving and rock climbing, as well as learning navigation skills.”
Dr Bob Cadwalladr, principal of Newmarket College, said: “This is a brilliant new initiative for our students and children in the wider community. We have facilities that are unmatched in the area and the new cadets can use our amenities for free for activities ranging from engineering to catering and physical training.”
The Newmarket College sea cadets unit will also give cadets the chance to gain a BTEC in uniformed public services as well as qualifications from the Institute of Leadership and Management.
Students interested in joining the sea cadets can get involved in a huge range of activities through the unit.
The unit will also be putting on team building and leadership activities across all year groups as part of the college’s own Challenge Wednesday activities. It will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7pm with organisers asking for a £2 donation per child with all money raised will be put back into the unit.
Cadets will also get the chance to go on weekend courses and summer camps held at a variety of locations across the UK. They will also have the opportunity to take part in international exchanges with cadets from places including Australia, Japan, Korea, Sweden and Canada.
For more information about the unit and the cadet organisation go to www.sea-cadets.org/newmarket/ or call 07833 906186.
Established in 1856 the sea cadets organisation was created by communities wanting to give young people instruction on a naval theme. Today around 14,000 young people are involved in the organisation taking part in activities including sailing boating and rock climbing.