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RECOGNISING EXCELLENCE SINCE 2015
The ACCT UK Excellence Awards are a distinct recognition scheme aimed at promoting and supporting non-military programmes offered by the Army Cadet Force (ACF). At the core of the ACF programme are the military activities of fieldcraft and shooting – a proven vehicle for developing life skills in young people: self confidence, self discipline, teamwork, resilience and so on.
It takes drive and determination to keep the non-military programme going. Adult volunteers are spread thin and already give so much of themselves in time and commitment. Running these wider activities in the ACF is not easy, but it’s very important. ACCT UK works hard to actively promote the diversity of activities and support them through charitable grants.
The annual ACCT UK Excellence Awards were presented by our Guest of Honour, Colonel Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam MBE Honorary Colonel Army Cadets Medical Support Organisation, on the 16th of June at the Carpenters’ Hall.
The ACCT UK Excellence Awards, supported by BAE Systems and Ammo & Co, were presented by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Greater London Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE on the 1st of June at the Honourable Artillery Company’s (HAC) Armoury House. Click below to view images from events:
We award Excellence to cadets and adult volunteers in the following categories:
Gives young people nationally recognised qualifications valued by employers. It is fitting that the ACF’s Colonel in Chief was the late Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. We are proud of the fact that the ACF is one of the four founding organisations that participated in the DofE trial over sixty years ago which helped the Duke of Edinburgh to establish the award.
First Aid is such a valuable life skill and it is rare that a week goes by when cadets and adult volunteers do not use that training out in public responding spontaneously to incidents. Every year, numerous ACF cadets and adult volunteers receive national recognition from bodies such as the Order of St. John and the Royal Humane Society.
Music is no longer routinely taught in state schools and thus many young cadets have little opportunity to discover its magic. Providing music training opens the doors to the ACF for some young people who may not otherwise join. The cadets benefit from their training, but so too does the local community as established ACF bands and corps of drums are in much demand
in their counties.
Sport is so important for the UK and the well-being of its young people, yet too many cadets have little or no opportunity to play sport in their schools and communities. It is a wonderful joy to see cadets play sport with uninhibited enthusiasm. The ACF introduces a wide range of sports to our youth, setting them up with healthy habits that will surely endure into adult life.
Community Service is very much part of the ACF’s ethos. There’s no doubt that the ACF helps young people to become good citizens.
🙏We extend our heartfelt gratitude once more to all those who joined us at this year’s gathering. We are delighted to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2023 ACCT UK Excellence Awards, which will be recognised at our ceremony in June 2024. Nominations should be submitted through County Commandants to email@example.com.