Two cadets from Abingdon School Combined Cadet Force, Cadet Serjeant Zach Broad and Cadet Sergeant Jay Cabell, have won a prestigious Army Scholarship which gives them both a place at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for officer training after Sixth Form or completing their university course. The scholarship also provides some financial assistance for their final year at Abingdon and during their degree course where Zach hopes to study Product Design and Jay hopes to study Criminology. This now makes seven army scholarships in the last seven years for boys from the Abingdon CCF and to be awarded two in one year is rare.
Over 100 candidates competed for the awards during a rigorous selection procedure which involved online interviews and an essay, followed by a 2-day assessment. The 2-day assessment tested candidates’ physical fitness, problem-solving, leadership, and team-building skills.
Both cadets talk very highly of the CCF at Abingdon which they joined in the Third Year. Both agreed, “The CCF gives them the opportunity to practise leadership and communication skills. It also teaches responsibility and time management. It’s a great way to make friends and they thoroughly enjoy the camaraderie.”
There are CCF contingents in over 500 secondary schools all over the UK, offering young people a broad range of challenging, exciting, adventurous and educational activities.
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