A NEW base for naval cadets has opened amid a boom in popularity.
The Nautical Training Corps (NTC) opened its base in Portslade last night where more than 40 youngsters have applied to join the club.
The new unit is called TS Ranger NTC
Cadets can try their hand at sailing, archery, motor boating, rock climbing and even shooting, while Captain Chris Clayton helps young people in the community “reach their full potential”.
“It gives them opportunities that they might not have if they didn’t come and join a group,” said Capt Clayton, NTC chief of staff.
“It’s a real mix of things that you wouldn’t necessarily think of in a youth club. It’s more of an in-depth education.
“The reception of our new group in Portslade has been incredible.”
Cadets range in age from eight to 16, and many are eligible to accept the Duke of Edinburgh Award through the club.
There are already three NTC groups in Brighton that are very successful, but the prospects that can come after the project can take the cadets around the world.
“Cadets work through workbooks which give them the opportunity to learn skills that would be used in the Royal Navy,” said Capt Clayton.
“We don’t have direct ties to them, but we can speak to the careers office.
“There is a whole range of seamanship training, nautical skills relating to boating, the phonetic alphabet and Morse code that we teach the youngsters that would benefit them not only for a career in the Royal Navy but in life in general.”
The NTC runs exclusively in the South East of England and is funded entirely by donations and community efforts.
Cadets are encouraged to progress through the ranks based on those used in the Royal Navy, leading to instructor and command status.
“Our units use a structured training program based on a nautical theme,” says the NTC’s website.
“We encourage young people to stretch and develop.
“Theoretical knowledge is little if you can’t apply it – young people are encouraged to put their new skills to practical use.”
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