WORK HARD, PLAY HARD
Sport activities play a key role in keeping fit while having enjoyment. Most sport activities practiced by Air Cadets are team sports to promote team spirit. Teams to represent Wings are selected at trials from cadets attending from units within the Wing. Wing teams compete at the Regional Championships to represent their Region at the Corps finals.
Athletics is by far the most popular sport that cadets participates in. This event is normally held in Summer and all age groups can progress to Corps level.
The Events participated in athletics are as follows:
Track - 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m & 4x100m relay
Field - High Jump, Long Jump, Javelin, Discus and Shot Putt.
All Events are governed by the rules of the UK Athletics Association
The courses are normally in-between a mile and a half to three miles, the sport is competed at all levels, right up to Corps.
The Air Cadets run 11-A-Side football competitions at both Junior and Senior age groups with the Senior age group being able to play at Corps level. 5-a-side football is also played, though this is normally only to Region level. All Wings within the ATC operate tournaments between their Squadrons, which allow the best players to be selected to represent the Wing. The same applies to the Region, with Wings competing against each other and the best players being able to make up the Regional team and so on up to Corps level, where Cadets can compete against other Cadet Services and other external teams - sometimes to International level.
11-A-Side football is only played by male cadets and is played under the official rules of the FA. The Inter Squadron football tournaments are mostly run around the autumn time of the year. 5-a-side football can be enjoyed by both male and female cadets (though participation by females is reliant on adequate changing facilities at venues). The male's competition is usually split into Juniors and Seniors. The 5-a-side tournaments are held at the beginning of the year and are usually well attended.
Hockey in the Air Cadets is played by female cadets, and can be competed at right up to Corps level. Most wings host Inter Squadron tournaments where the Cadets for the Wing, Region and Corps teams will be selected.
The Hockey Tournaments are normally held late in the year and are governed by the rules of the Hockey Association.
Netball within the Air Cadets is played by female cadets, and is played in the early part of the year where players can progress all the way through to Corps level.
The competition at Squadron level is normally open age group, but once at Wing level and beyond, it is split into Junior and Senior girls. The sport is played under the rules of the All England Netball Association.
Rugby is only played by male cadets within the Air Cadets, it is played to all levels (Seniors) and only to Wing at Junior level, although some Regions do arrange friendly games at Junior level.
All games are played under the rules of the Rugby Football Union. Games are normally played in late autumn to early winter, with the Corps games being in the early new year. Some Wings also play Rugby 7's.
Air Cadets have always excelled in this sport at the annual Tri-Service Competition in which the ATC compete against the Army and Sea Cadets. In fact the ATC has won the last 29 times. The competitors are split into groups of Junior Boys, Senior Boys, Junior Girls and Senior Girls so you will be competing against others of similar age and gender. The swimming competitions have events in Freestyle, Back stroke, Breast stroke, Butterfly, Individually medley, Medley relay and Freestyle relay.