Cadets from the Army Section of Bedford Modern School’s Combined Cadet Force won this year’s Combat Cadet Competition, for the second consecutive year. The team of nine cadets successfully competed against 17 other teams from across East Anglia for the crown.

The competition is organised by the 7th Infantry Brigade Cadet Training Team and is open to the best teams from the Army Cadet Forces and the Combined Cadet Forces in the region. Conducted over a 48-hour period, the event combines a mixture of command and leadership tasks, testing the resilience, knowledge, skill, and physical and mental endurance of the teams.

Year 13 student, Tom van der Sande, Senior BMS CCF Cadet and Team Captain, explained: “The team felt a lot of pressure running in this year’s competition, having won last year. However, everybody stepped up to the challenge and performed fantastically well. I was extremely pleased with how we worked together as a team and encouraged each other to do our best.”

Alex Smith, BMS CCF Contingent Commander, added: “This weekend was the cadet experience at its best, with cadets showing commitment, resilience, adaptability and hard work to do their best in a demanding environment. All involved worked extremely hard and are to be congratulated for their achievement. They showed maturity, calmness under pressure, and worked well together as a team – all key skills that mark them out as future leaders.”



by Chantelle Kelly