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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 were out in force in support of the Coventry Blaze as they fought for a place in the end of season Elite League play-offs.

The Royal Air Force Careers, team up with the Nuneaton Air Cadets and ‘Scorch’ the Coventry Blaze mascot at the Planet Ice Arena. (L to R) Wing Commander Stuart Iles RAF VR(T), Corporal Simon Watson RAF, Cadet Matthew Waudby, Squadron Leader Karen Swanston RAF, Cadet Flight Sergeant Justin Allan and Corporal Vikki Rayner RAF.

The Coventry and Birmingham based Royal Air Force Careers team sponsored the ice hockey match between Coventry Blaze and the Cardiff Devils 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 who were on hand to talk to members of the public about careers and life in both the RAF and the Air Cadets. The Air Cadets were also on hand to help out with the charity collection during the intervals.

Members of the ‘Cosford Stars’ Ice Hockey team flying the flag for the RAF at the Planet Ice Arena in Coventry.

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. The highlight of the evening for some of the cadets came at the end of the first period when they got to meet members of the RAF’s ‘Cosford Stars’ Ice Hockey team who had been out onto the ice for a highly entertaining demonstration match.

Nuneaton Air Cadets Cdt Matthew Waudby, Cpl Breanne Richter, Cdt Atlanta Curless and Cdt Holly Odam with the RAF’s ‘Cosford Stars’ Ice Hockey team

This was the first time that some of the cadets had been to the Planet Ice Arena and their seats in the stand were ideally positioned so that they had an excellent view of the action on the ice. It was a great atmosphere; the crowd were going mad as the final moments of the match ebbed away with neither side having scored. Then at the last moment, Blaze forward Shea Guthrie received a blow to the head and was carried from the ice on a stretcher. Things really took off during extra time when Michael Henrich netted the winner for the Blaze and they were through to the Elite League play-offs with a 1-0 overtime victory.

Action on the ice as the Coventry Blaze battle it out with the Cardiff Devils for a place in Elite League play-offs.

RAF Recruiter, Corporal Simon Watson said: "This was a tremendous opportunity for the RAF and the Air Cadets to engage with the general public. RAF Recruiters were joined by Squadron Leader Karen Swanston and were on hand to answer any questions that members of the public had about careers opportunities or life in the RAF. The Air Cadets who were joined by their boss Wing Commander Stuart Iles also did a brilliant job and were able to talk to young people about the exciting activities available to them within the Air Training Corps.”

Wing Commander Stuart Iles  with cadets from 121 Sqn

Flight Lieutenant 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 time and would thank everyone involved for making the evening such a success, especially the Coventry Blaze who provided the best of the action on the ice.”

What a way to end the evening, the Air Cadets from 121 Squadron get to meet Coventry & Warwickshire Freeradio presenter ‘JD’

More photographs from the Coventry Blaze

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