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Royal Air Force Support For The Coventry Blaze

Members of the Coventry and Birmingham based Royal Air Force Careers team and Air Cadets from Nuneaton found themselves well and truly in the public eye when they stepped out onto the ice at the Planet Ice Arena in support of the Coventry Blaze.

The Royal Air Force Careers team up with the Nuneaton Air Cadets at the Planet Ice Arena. (L to R) Cdt Cpl Reece Leatham, Cdt Samuel Baynes, Cdt Sgt Taras Andrusin, Cpl Bob Holness (RAF), Cdt Holly Odam, Flt Lt Jamie Elliot, (RAF),  Cdt Breanne Richter, Sgt Seb Rowe (RAF), Cdt Matthew Waudby, Cdt Sgt Justin Allan, Cdt Cameron Bennett and SAC Tech Luke Garrett (RAF).

Royal Air Force Air Cadet Recruiting Team form 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron. (L to R) Sgt Taras Andrusin, Sgt Justin Allan, Cdt Holly Odam, Samuel Baynes, Breanne Richter, Cameron Bennett, Matthew Waudby, Cpl Reece Leatham and SAC Tech Luke Garrett of the RAF who is joining the Squadron as a Service Instructor.

The Coventry and Birmingham based Royal Air Force Careers team sponsored the ice hockey match between Coventry Blaze and Belfast Giants at the Planet Ice Arena on 23rd March and Air Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron helped to swell the numbers in the RAF Blue team which formed the flag waving guard of honour as the teams came out onto the ice for the ceremonial first puck drop at the beginning of the game.

Air Cadets form the RAF Blue flag waving guard of honour on the ice for the ceremonial first puck drop at the beginning of the game. The above Photograph is provided be kind permission of Scott Wiggins

The Royal Air Force Air Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron were delighted to be able to join the Careers Team for the latest Coventry Blaze fixture. They were however somewhat pensive about the idea of stepping out onto the ice for the puck drop and even more surprised when they were quite literally dragged out onto the ice at the end of the first period for a Tug of War with members of the public.

The Air Cadets unexpectedly get dragged onto the ice to represent the RAF in the Tug of War on ice! Note the RAF Careers guys are absent from this shot having elected to leave this job to the younger generation of boys and girls in the light blue of the RAF.

This was the first time that most of the cadets had been to the Planet Ice Arena and their recruiting stand was ideally positioned so that they had an excellent view of the action on the ice. The cadets even managed to join the RAF Careers Advisors Flt Lt Jamie Elliot, SGT Seb Rowe and Cpl Bob Holness up in the VIP box for a birds eye view of the game. They also managed to meet members of the Coventry Blaze after the match and for two of the girls the highlight of the evening was a chance meeting with the Coventry & Warwickshire FreeRadio presenter ‘JD’ who was covering the match.

Nuneaton Air Cadets back on the ice with members of the Coventry Blaze team

Best moment of the night for Air Cadets Holly Odam and Breanne Richter as they get to meet Coventry & Warwickshire Freeradio presenter ‘JD’

The Deputy Project Officer for the RAF, SGT Seb Rowe said: "This was a tremendous opportunity for the RAF and the Air Cadets to engage with the general public. RAF Recruiters were on hand to answer any questions that the community may have had about careers opportunities or life in the RAF and the Air Cadets who did a brilliant job were able to talk to young people about the exciting activities available to them within the Air Training Corps.”

Flt Lt Paul Hincks Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron who accompanied the cadets added: ”As always, this has been a really amazing opportunity for us to increase the size of the light blue footprint within the community and work alongside the RAF Careers team. We’ve all had a brilliant evening and would thank the Coventry Blaze and the Planet Ice team for their hospitality. Unfortunately the evening wasn’t quite such a success for the Blaze as they rounded off their home regular-season schedule in the Elite League with a 4-2 defeat to Belfast Giants”.  

Action on the ice during the Coventry Blaze, Belfast Giants match at the Planet Ice Arena

Action on the ice during the Coventry Blaze, Belfast Giants match at the Planet Ice Arena

 

More photographs from the Coventry Blaze

 


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