Ground Training Competition

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The Ground Training Competition, or The Air Squadron Trophy Competition as it has recently been renamed, was created in 1998 as a way for CCF (RAF) sections to contest the Air Squadron Trophy.

The Regional & National Stages[edit]

Every CCF(RAF) section that can field a full team is eligible to partake in the Air Squadron Trophy Competition. The TEST (Training, Evaluation & Support Teams) Officers & SNCOs from each area tailor the composition of their regional competition to meet local needs. In general, however, teams of 13 cadets drawn from all age groups compete in a round robin of activities that include: RAF Knowledge (13 Cadets), Drill and Uniform (13 Cadets), Command Task (8 Cadets), Shooting (5 Cadets), Aircraft Recognition (7 Cadets), First Aid (4 Cadets) and a Multi-Stage Fitness Test (4 Cadets). The first and second places teams from each of the six regions qualify for the national finals, held at RAF Halton in Spring each year.

Air Squadron Day[edit]

The first, second and third places teams are invited to attend the Air Squadron Day which is usually held in June or July each year at the Shuttleworth Collection. During the day cadets may be offered flights in aircraft belonging to the Air Squadron members. The cadets also attend a formal parade, where the Captains of the three teams receive the Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Foundation Medals for CCF Achievement along with the presentation of The Air Squadron Trophy to the first placed team.

Requirements for Entry[edit]

Each team will comprise one Team Captain (Cadet Corporal or above) and 12 other cadets, who should ideally represent a wide cross-section of age groups within the parent CCF(RAF) Section. The Team Captains role is to manage the team, to give the orders in the Drill competition and, if he or she wishes, to take part in events. An RAFVR(T) officer should accompany the teams.

Results[edit]

The results in 2009 are particularly notable as each of the top three schools won only a single discipline each (Command Task, Aircraft Recognition and RAF Knowledge respectively) but, due to high overall scores in every discipline, each managed to achieve high scores overall. In 2010 Maidstone Grammar School achieved first place in the competition for the third time in a row, being the first ever school to achieve this.

Year 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
1985 Bedford Modern School
1986 George Heriot's School
1987 Queen Mary's Grammar School, Walsall
1988 Bedford Modern School
1989 Judd School
1990 Birkenhead School
1991 Adams Grammar School
1992 Monmouth School
1993 Birkenhead School
1994 Lancing College
1995 Maidstone Grammar School
1996 Queen Mary's Grammar School, Walsall
1997 Maidstone Grammar School
1998 Dulwich College
1999 Maidstone Grammar School
2000 Maidstone Grammar School
2001 The King's School, Grantham
2002 The King's School, Grantham
2003 Victoria College
2004 Maidstone Grammar School
2005 Hampton School
2006 Maidstone Grammar School
2007 The King's School, Grantham Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe Unknown
2008 Maidstone Grammar School The King's School, Grantham King Edward's School, Birmingham
2009 Maidstone Grammar School Monmouth School King Edward's School, Birmingham
2010 Maidstone Grammar School The Judd School The King's School, Grantham
2011 The King's School, Grantham Victoria College, Jersey Wilson's School
2012 Dulwich College The King's School, Grantham Maidstone Grammar School
2013 Dulwich College Maidstone Grammar School Kimbolton School
2014 Kimbolton School Dulwich College Wilson's School
2015 Kimbolton School Dulwich College The King's School, Worcester
2016 Dulwich College Wilson's School Kimbolton School
2017 Wilson's School Dulwich College Kimbolton School

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