On Tuesday 5 March, the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Lord Tollemache, K.St.J., J.P., presented Cadet Corporals Edward Bourne and Adam Hare, both in Year 12 Collingwood House, with their National Citizen Service certificates at Ipswich TA Centre.
National Citizen Service (NCS) is a Government’s flagship programme that aims to promote a more cohesive, responsible and engaged society by bringing young people from very different backgrounds together to make a difference in their communities. The first pilot took place in 2011 and involved over 8,000 Year 11s. In 2012 around 30,000 young people took part.
Recognising the value of cadet training, the NCS team invited 700 members of the Army Cadet Force and Combined Cadet Force (CCF Army) to take part in a special pilot scheme that uses cadets’ normal activities towards many NCS objectives.
Contingent Commander of the CCF at the Royal Hospital School, Marc Godfrey, explains “As senior cadets, Edward and Adam were expected to have played a role in leading and mentoring younger cadets and they attended a residential leadership course to develop these skills. Subsequently, they joined other NCS participants for a team test weekend in December and worked on a series of tasks and challenges that showcased their aptitude for leadership and team work”.
As a result, both were presented with NCS certificates signed by the Prime Minister and were congratulated on their achievement by Lord Tollemache, who reinforced the positive addition to their CVs and university applications.