Published: Nov 10, 2017 by James Munday
Sussex ACF Awards Scheme

In December 2017, No 15 Brighton Pl Army Cadet Detachment will be holding an awards evening to celebrate and showcase what the cadets have achieved throughout 2017.

The unit will also have a variety of guests at the evening; the guest of honour will be the Sussex ACF Commandant, whom will be presenting most of the awards, members from the Royal Engineers Association, previous detachment commanders and company HQ staff.  The parents and guardians of the cadets receiving the awards are also invited to attend the event. They hope this will be a successful evening that will be repeated each year.

There will 7 main trophies awarded which have not been presented for years at the detachment and two newly donated awards, which will highlight the talent in the detachment.

The Greenwood Prize for attendance, presented by Captain Greenwood in 1977. This award will be awarded to the cadet who has attended the most parade nights at the detachment and weekends away with the ACF or Events.

Captain Alan Manchee Trophy, this is an individual award for the most improved cadet throughout the year. The cadet that now inspires others to achieve more. Impressively the detachment has many cadets on the short list for this prize.

The Royal British Legion Challenge Cup was first presented from the RBL to Brighton in 1981 and is an individual award. Unfortunately it is not known what the original RBL Challenge was, however the unit has decided that it will be awarded to the Best Cadet in the detachment. No decision has yet been made as to which cadet will win this but again due to the high calibre of cadets it will be a close competition.

Best Shot was first awarded in 1983 for the best shot on a short range and a clear winner is in the frame for 2017.

Royal Engineers Trophy for the Best Section.  This is a new award, which has been donated this year kindly, by the Royal Engineers Association Brighton Branch. The detachment has been split up into 3 sections since March 2017, each month a best section is awarded from elements of training and quizzes throughout the month. November is the last month, which this award can be won. All 3 sections still have a chance to win, as there is no clear winner.

Military Workout Cup has been donated by Military Workout Ltd, and will be awarded to the cadet who is best at Physical Training. This is a new award and will be won for the first time this year. The award not only looks at the score sheets, but on attitude, team work and whether they have the attributes that contribute to a good sports person.

The cadets that win the above awards will also receive a prize to keep, these prizes have been donated by local businesses including Royal Engineers Association, Cadet Direct, i360, Military Workout and No 15 Instructors.

In addition to these awards, the unit will also be presenting each cadet with a certificate of achievement for the year; it will list every event, weekend and award they have achieved in 2017.