Winners medals, sporting trophies, master cadet badges, BTEC and SQA awards were some of the many achievements for the Battalion in 2014 – a year that must count as one of the best ever for Glasgow and Lanarkshire. We now have over 750 cadets, ably supported by our permanent staff and our 100 dedicated and committed adult volunteers based in our 24 locations, including the now established (and publicly performing!) Pipes and Drums detachment.
Sporting successes at Scottish and UK level have included football, hockey, tug of war and swimming and on the military side of things alongside a great Easter Camp split between Barry Buddon and our Dechmont Cadet Training Centre and an extremely successful Annual Camp at Ripon in North Yorkshire, we achieved our highest ever number of APC passes and showed everyone how good we are at the Arena Display in August, followed in September by the ultimate accolade of winning the 51 Infantry Brigade and HQ Scotland Military Skills competition.
Let’s not forget that we also have three new officers, a new linked detachment at Govan High School and that we ran our second Youth Outreach event with our partner school St Thomas Aquinas.
For those who like to travel, we have had visits to Northern Ireland, England, Belgium, Austria, Poland and Kenya, as well as hosting our friends from the Army Cadets from Vancouver, Canada.
It really has been a hugely successful year for the Battalion, thanks to the hard work of everyone involved. I must finish by highlighting the Glasgow and Lanarkshire Association, newly formed to support our cadets and open to any adult who wishes to join.