Lt Christine Harrison, Officer in Charge of the CCF Naval section has been recognised at Buckingham Palace for her contribution to CCF at Cheltenham College. During the last 10 years, Mrs Harrison has facilitated an increase in the number of cadets completing Naval CCF courses and was invited to a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace to celebrate this achievement.
Over the past two years, 63 courses have been completed by Naval cadets. Most cadets complete two courses although Benjamin Hilditch and Robbie Carson have completed five each, and Head of Naval section, Will Jury-Simpson has completed a total of eight courses during his career in CCF.
The CCF courses, which are heavily subsidised by the Ministry of Defence, include Competent Crew and Day Skipper on yachts, Power Boat 2, Dinghy Sailing, Junior and Senior Leadership, National Pool Lifeguard, Ocean and Sports Diver, First Aid, Adventurous Training, sailing and motor cruising in the Channel. Cadets come from all over the British Isles so College pupils have the opportunity to socialise with others that have the same interests, as well as receiving a recognised qualification.
Annabel Watkin, Boudica Yi, Ivy Zhu, Mary Foster and Georgie Maclaren completed the RYA Competent Crew course during Half Term on a CCF yacht that sailed from Plymouth and commented, “Thank you for giving us all this opportunity we have loved every minute of it!”