New £7m cadet training centre opens

Major General Robert Nitsch CBE and Lady Jennifer Gretton at the opening of the new cadet training centre

Major General Robert Nitsch CBE and Lady Jennifer Gretton at the opening of the new cadet training centre

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A new training centre for cadets has been officially opened.

Eighty guests joined more than 100 young people and adult volunteers from the Combined Cadet Force, Sea Cadets, Army Cadet Force (ACF) and Air Training Corps to see a new £7.2m Cadet Training Centre be officially opened in Northamptonshire.

Yardley Chase Cadet Training Centre, on Denton Road, Horton, in the south of the county, has been built over the past 13 months replacing a number of former Second World War buildings that had been used by Army Cadets for many years.

The new centre, which can be used by up to 180 Cadets and 45 adult volunteers at one time, was opened by the Army’s Major General Robert Nitsch CBE, General Officer Commanding Support Command, on Saturday, October 25.

The new training facility is set to be used primarily by Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force (LNR ACF) although other Cadet and youth organisations, community-based projects and local businesses will be able to hire the facility.

The official opening event included guests having the opportunity to see and get involved with a variety of Cadet-based activities both inside and outside the new training centre, as well as having a chance to view the new accommodation area.

Chief executive of East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) Group Captain Nick Sharpe (Rtd) said: “The opening event was a real success with guests commenting on the variety of facilities available within the new training centre.

“The new facility includes a training hall, class rooms, office spaces, an indoor range and accommodation for the Cadets and their adult volunteers.

“I know many of the Cadets and adult volunteers from LNR ACF are looking forward to using the centre for the first time.”

This building project was made possible thanks to funding from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) who have also overseen the buildings development from start to finish by providing a Senior Requirements Manager.

The building was designed by Maber Architects and GF Tomlinson was employed as the lead contractor to construct the buildings.

Construction director at G F Tomlinson Nick Banks said: “We are pleased to deliver this exciting project for East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association.

“It provides Cadets with state-of-the-art facilities and we hope they enjoy using the new indoor training area, shooting range and dedicated learning spaces.

“As an East Midlands regional contractor it is a particular honour to have played a crucial part in delivering this modern facility which will support the training of local young people for generations to come.”