Score Group plc recently responded to a local appeal by the Cadet Forces, Gordon Highlanders Club based in Boddam, Peterhead who were looking for support from the local community.
The Cadets were appealing for assistance to replace benches in the outdoor social area at The Cadet Training Centre. As the Cadets are not a charity they are unable to receive funding, but a lot of time and dedication is required by the adult volunteers who help support the young cadets.
The bench donated by Score has been placed in the social area of the Cadet Forces base in Boddam. This is a significant area within the base as it provides the young cadets with an area to use during down time where they can gather, meet, mix, form social skills, make friends, have discussions, all part of the cadet experience that is not covered as part of formal training. The Cadet Training Centre is also used by Sea Cadets, Air Cadets, Regular Soldiers, and MOD Police, as well as being open for hire to community groups out with the military family, therefore the bench is a very welcomed new addition to the centre.
Captain Stuart Eddie, Quartermaster at the Gordon Highlanders Club, was on hand to accept the donation: “The bench made and gifted by Score is a great addition to our outdoor social area. Its construction and design means it will be the centre piece of the outdoor social area at the Cadet Training Centre in Boddam for many years, and I am sure it will oversee many laughs, friendships born, worldly discussions, snacking and relaxing as it welcomes new cadets. It will also be there for the fond farewells.
“We greatly appreciate the contribution from Conrad Ritchie, Score International’s Managing Director, and the team of engineers involved in the construction.”
The Army Cadets aims to inspire young people aged 12-18 to develop themselves mentally and physically. Activities undertaken by cadets challenge their limits, grow their abilities to go further in life, unlock talents and help shape their futures. These exciting activities can include fieldcraft, adventure training, first aid, music, sports and shooting.
Cadets also attend an annual camp, allowing them to meet cadets from other detachments in the county, for Peterhead this includes 19 other detachments in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, including Stonehaven, Aboyne, Ellon, Huntly, Turriff, Fraserburgh and Buckie.
Taking part in the cadets can also help strengthen academic abilities, by allowing young people to gain valuable qualifications, including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, BTEC First Diploma in Public Services or Music or the ILM Certificate in Team Leading, and transferrable skills, including the ability to command tasks, make decisions under pressure, and to plan and organise tasks, that can all be included on CVs.