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733 Squadron Are on the Ball!

2015-03-25 11:16:15
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By CI Z Hall - 733 (Newcastle Airport) Squadron

Six cadets from 733 (Newcastle Airport) Squadron packed their football boots and shin pads as they represented Durham/Northumberland Wing in the Inter-Wing Junior Football competition at Broad Oak Sports College, Bury on Sunday February 15th.

Arriving at Wing Headquarters in the morning darkness, Corporal Matthew Jones (16) and cadets Nathan Lowrey (16), Jack McMaster (16), Aaron Millinson (15), Arun Pugal (15) and Anthony Shanley (15), boarded the coach along with the rest of the Wing football and hockey team ready for the trip ahead.

Over the course of the day, the cadets took part in four matches competing against the other four wings of North Region. The cadets, despite not ending the day as overall winners, put in a strong effort against each of the teams. Cadet McMaster in particular created one of the highlights of the day, scoring a spectacular twenty five-yard free kick against South and West Yorkshire Wing.

Durham/Northumberland Wing Football Coach and 733 Squadron staff member, Civilian Instructor Philip Magee, commented that "The quality and calibre of each of the teams who participated was very high, but each individual from the wing played with full effort and commitment until the final whistle. They were a credit to each other and to the Wing."

As well as representing the Wing, five cadets from the team were selected to attend the Regional team trials on March 8th back in Bury with two of the cadets, Corporal Jones and Cadet McMaster, coming from 733 Squadron. Corporal Jones, speaking of the event, said “We didn’t get the results on the day, but the team spirit was there throughout.” Cadet McMaster added “It was a fun challenge against good competition. I enjoyed it all.”

Overall the day was physically demanding but enjoyed by all who took part. Officer Commanding 733 Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Greg Smith, added his congratulations, “It was very pleasing to see the number of cadets from the Squadron representing Durham/Northumberland Wing and even more so that two of them were selected to attend regional trials. The effort that each individual put into the competition was praised by the staff who attended proving that they are a credit to 733 Squadron.”

733 Squadron prides itself on providing a wide range of opportunities to cadets from the local area, with activities such as flying, gliding and shooting complementing schemes such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, BTEC qualifications and the Youth First Aid Award to name but a few. The Squadron Parades on Monday and Friday nights at Kingston Park TA Centre. Visit for more information or email

For more information please visit the Squadron website

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