The Air Cadets is a great organisation to be involved with if you’re a keen sportsperson.

Team sports are a regular parade night activity at 346 (Tynemouth) Squadron, whether it’s playing football, cricket, rounders or trying your hand at archery.

But there are lots of opportunities too to represent the Squadron at Durham/Northumberland Wing sports events. And for those who excel in a given activity, there’s the chance to not only be picked to compete on behalf of the Wing but perhaps even the North Region and the Corps nationally and internationally at major competitions and tournaments.

Beyond Squadron parade night activities, there are seven main sports the Air Cadets promotes – athletics, cross country, football, rugby, hockey, netball, and swimming.

Sport is a great way to improve not just your fitness, but your team working skills, build friendships, and possibly gain training qualifications.

Over the years there have been many famous sporting names who have cut their teeth as Air Cadets, including former Tottenham Hotspur and Northern Ireland footballer, Danny Blanchflower; Welsh Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist in the 50m rifle prone pairs competition, Johanne Brekke; Olympic shot-putter, weightlifter and two-time winner of ‘The World’s Strongest Man’, Geoff Capes; Olympic gold medallist and world champion sprinter, Linford Christie; and England rugby union winger and RAF pilot, Rory Underwood.

You don’t have to be the next Olympic star or England international, just take the opportunity to enjoy yourself and have fun!