We’re really good sports here at 346 (Tynemouth) Squadron and enjoy getting stuck into a whole host of physical pursuits.

You’ll have the chance to participate in everything from football to rugby, netball, swimming, hockey and athletics, both track and cross-country.

Our cadets also regularly have the opportunity to take part in special Squadron organised taster sessions like archery, indoor rock climbing and canoeing.

And if you’re really good you could be chosen to show off your prowess on the wider stage representing not just the Squadron but Wing (county), Region (Northern) and perhaps even the entire Cadet Corps at national and even international level against other teams from the Army and Sea Cadets.

You never know, one day you could end up taking centre stage at the greatest sporting show on Earth, the Olympics, or playing international rugby or cricket.

Olympic gold medallist and one of the most decorated athletes of all time, Linford Christie OBE, was an Air Cadet, as was shot-putter Geoff Capes, international footballer Danny Blanchflower, World Light Heavy-Weight champion boxer John Conteh and shooter and Commonwealth Games medallist in 2002, 2006 and 2010, Johanne Brekke.

But it doesn’t matter if you don’t have what it takes to be a top sporting star. Ultimately it’s about having fun, breaking down barriers and making friends outside your normal school and family circles.

On another level, sport helps keep you fit and healthy, encourages you to work as part of a team, develops your competitive edge and teaches you how to use your strengths to your best advantage.

You could also train for a host of sporting qualifications from refereeing to taking a Community Sports Leader Course.


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