Posted: Tuesday 29 August 2017

Cadets win inaugural national drill competition

The School's drill team won the inaugural 51 Infantry Brigade Army Cadet Force (ACF) Drill and Turnout Competition

Some serious hard work and dedication has netted the High School of Dundee's Combined Cadet Force (CCF) a national title.

On Saturday 26 August, a 13-strong drill team from the School defeated eight other squads from across the country to win the inaugural 51 Infantry Brigade Army Cadet Force (ACF) Drill and Turnout Competition at Glencorse Barracks in Penicuik.

The contest saw the teams perform a number of precise military drill sequences in front of the 51 Infantry Brigade Cadet Training Team, which organised the event.

Having been earned in competition against not just school CCFs, but also some of the typically much larger ACFs, the victory was a just reward for the special training which the pupils had been putting in since April, both in the course of their weekly CCF training days and the CCF Central Camp held at Wathgill over the summer.   

WO2 Willie Nichol, who coached the squad, said, "The drill team have been training very hard since April, instructed by F6 pupils Sandy Neville, Max Strachan, Sam Strachan and Morven Wright and their performance was of a very high standard.

"All three judges were very impressed by the drill they witnessed with one commenting that the team's standard was at a level you would expect top recruits coming out of Sandhurst to be at."

"The High School cadets were founded in February 1918 so winning this national title is the perfect way to start a very special Centenary year for the organisation."

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