121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Air Training Corps has been selected to represent the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing in the 'Lees Trophy' competition, which is held annually to find the best squadron in the country.
Their selection to take part in the next stage of this prestigious competition, which will take place in April 2009, is especially significant to the Squadron as it coincides with their 70th anniversary year.
The unit commander Flt Lt Ian Crewe RAFVR(T) said "This is a great honour for 121 and a marvellous boost for the cadets and staff who have put in so much time and effort in making the squadron one of the best. Over the past year we have been extremely active within our local community with our cadets and especially the Band making regular appearances on the streets of Nuneaton and Bedworth in support of various charitable and ex-service organisations.”
“Our band which is now a familiar site within the local area has led many different parades throughout the county. Our cadets have taken a full and active part in a wide range of Air Cadet activities and have achieved success in the air and on the ground.”
“We have got a lot of work to do before we face the formal inspections for the next stage of the Lees Trophy competition. Having said that when we look back at what we have achieved so far this year, we should be well placed to pursue our bid to become the best squadron in the Corps".
Support for 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadrons entry in the “Lees Trophy” also came from the Officer Commanding the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing, Wing Commander Pravin Ladwa RAFVR (T). He said, “Over the past few years 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron has established an excellent band which has very strong links with the local community. The Squadrons effort in the Wing and Regional PR competition has been excellent. 121 Squadron is the flag ship of the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing and continues to go from strength to strength. The Wing appreciates the contribution made by staff and cadets of 121 Squadron towards the Wing's Ellan Valley Adventure Training Centre Project. The Wing also appreciates the hard work that Fl Lt Paul Hincks RAFVR (T) has put into our Wing website which won the Best Website in the Corps Award for 2008.”
“Finally, It's a great pleasure to have a unit like 121 Squadron within the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing. Well done and good luck.”
The Lees Trophy is a nation-wide competition, the first stage of which is held at local wing level. 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron which has its base on the Ribbonfields in Attleborough, Nuneaton has been selected from 26 other Squadrons within the Warwickshire and Birmingham area to represent their Wing thus joining small group of only 36 other squadrons nation-wide to reach this stage of the competition. Having won through, 121 now go on to compete at a regional level, in this case Central and East Region which covers the area from South Yorkshire to Herefordshire and from Stratford to the north sea.
The next stage of the competition will take place in April 2009 when the squadron is inspected by their Regional Commandant, Group Captain Brett Morrell and his staff. All aspects of squadron activities, training and administration will be taken into account during the inspection. If they are successful they will then go on to compete against the winning squadrons from the 5 regions in the final stage of the competition to find the best Air Cadet squadron in the country.