Lancing’s Combined Cadet Force began in 1905 when the Officers Train Corp was formed. Today CCF plays an integral role in the College’s vast and varied co-curricular programme, with over 150 pupils taking part in weekly training sessions, overnight exercises and adventurous training camps.
In addition to the weekly programme, the College CCF contingent has a formal inspection every two years. This is a momentous event in the CCF calendar and our avid cadets and staff undertake considerable preparation.
On the day, inspecting Officer Lt Col MacPherson was impressed by the immaculately dressed College cadets. The drill from the Honour Guard (Cpls Ted F, Owen M, Timothy C, L/Cpls Jon L, Sebastian L, Alex L and S/Sgt Russell W) and the Banner Party (Cpls Harry F, Chris B and Lydia B) was exemplary, and Sgts Olivia L, Rebecca L and Max H took charge of drill for Army A Coy, B Coy and RAF in the most impressive way.
After the parade, Lt Col MacPherson, Capt Tamang (Training Officer from the Cadet Training Team), Maj East (Contingent Commander) and WO2 Sophie C (the College’s top cadet) inspected the training. This involved shooting in the range, life-saving drills in the pool, first aid, command tasks by the RAF and an excellent Field Craft lesson on harbour drills taught by our NCOs. Undoubtedly, the highlight of the day was a section attack on Sankey’s Hill.
Our cadets certainly didn’t disappoint, with the inspection enabling the Lancing contingent to demonstrate their hard work and commitment to training.
To find out more about Lancing’s CCF programme, visit our CCF page.
This year due to wet weather the parade took place in the Sports Hall rather than in its usual location in the Lower Quad.