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 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.
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.
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.
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”.
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