Medway Victory Sea Cadets operate within the Thinking Schools Academy Trust family.
Welcome to a different kind of adventure, launching young people for life today.
Medway Victory Sea Cadets was set up in 2018. This unit is available to all students at The Victory Academy and Holcombe Grammar School. At present, we have both Year 7 and Year 8 students who are now learning and experiencing the Sea Cadet Corps and all that it offers.
At Medway Victory we aim to give young people an experience that will help them grow into the individuals they want to be in a safe and friendly environment. Through various activities and adventures, we learn teamwork, respect, loyalty, self-confidence, commitment, self-discipline, honesty and how to be the best version of ourselves. Activities include: Sailing, canoeing, rowing, archery, shooting, camping, and adventurous training including expedition training. We learn Drill, armed drill and Piping, seamanship, Music such as, drumming, marching band also first aid, engineering, catering and stewarding. Many of these can lead to a BTEC qualification equivalent to five GCSEs. Training will lead to becoming a fully-fledged cadet, with the sea cadet promise: “I promise to serve my God my Queen, My Country and the Sea Cadet Corps and to obey the orders of my superior Officers. I will be proud of my uniform and be smart and seaman like in wearing it and always do my duty.”
Cadets are expected to regularly attend the unit on Mondays 1800-2000 at The Victory Academy in smart, tidy uniform, and to respect all the volunteer staff whilst attending and learning. Many external courses are available to cadets and promotion through the ranks to become a Petty Officer Cadet.
We also offer a great path for adult volunteers and welcome people who have time to commit to the Unit on a regular basis or if you have Sea Cadet experience or qualifications in any of the above activities we would love to hear from you. As our Unit grows we also require more adult volunteers.
Sea Cadets Presentation Evening
A Presentation Evening was held in February 2019, where we welcomed the Southern Area Officer to the Unit, as well as the West Kent District Officer, Assistant District Officer, Area Executive Warrant Officer, the Area Chairman, and families of our cadets.
2-3 February saw 7 Medway Victory cadets taking part in a Training weekend with Medway Towns Unit. By all accounts they had a great time, and each achieved the qualification that they were aiming for, so
1 x Intermediate First Aid
3 x Basic Marine Engineering
2 x Basic Catering
1 x Basic First Aid
Well done all!
Drill and Piping Competition
On Sunday 4th March, after some intense practice sessions, we entered our first Drill and Piping Competition, at Brompton Barracks in Chatham. The cadets had a good day, and can be proud of their performance. Being our first time, we learnt a lot and are determined to return next year as a force to be reckoned with!
Sea Cadets Rowing Competition
On Friday 15th March, two Holcombe students, Joe McKenzie-Cook and Andrea Recchia, took part in the Sea Cadets Rowing Competition. They participated in the Year 7 race, where they had to row as far as they could for two minutes.
The boys were fantastic representatives of their School, and both placed very commendably, despite only having a few months’ training. Joe came 115th out of 180 participants, rowing 441 metres, and Andrea came 145th, rowing 420 metres. Joe also took part in the boys’ team sprint relay, where they had to be the fastest team to row 2000 metres.
Joe said ‘I enjoyed the experience visiting the Copper Box Arena in the Olympic Park in London to participate in the National Junior Rowing Championships this year, and hopefully I can take part again next year as a Year 8. Year 8 competitors have to row for three minutes. To place 115th with only five months training was a big achievement and I hope that with more training I can place better next year.’
Andrea said ‘I had the time of my life! I thought the most amazing part was going to the stadium and back to Victory because of all of the amazing things we saw on the journey. I also liked the part where we got to the stadium and got to go around it to look for stamps for a prize. When it was my turn to do the rowing, it was a bit nerve-wracking, but I placed 24th out of my section. I am proud of my place because I have been training for three or four months now. This was definitely one of the best things I have done.’
Four Cadets spent the 6th-7th April onboard HMS Cavalier in the Historic Dockyard at Chatham. They experienced first-hand life aboard a Royal Naval Destroyer that served in the Second World War, and had tours around HMS Gannet, HMS Ocelot, the Ropery, and had training in squad drill, the traditions of the Royal Navy.
Sea Cadets Circular Walk
Congratulations to the Medway Sea Cadets, who successfully completed a Circular Day Walk from Bluebell Hill Crematorium to Boxley and back on Monday 27th May. The walk involved the students walking a distance of 16km and climbing a height of 420m. The participating cadets included our students Joe McKenzie-Cook and Jaiden Kyle (Year 7). To complete the walk, our students needed to display stamina, strength, spirit and determination. They kept their spirits up throughout the day, and it was excellent to see them motivating each other and working together to map-read and orientate themselves. The views were spectacular and the cadets also learned about local history, as well as developed new useful skills.
Here is what Joe says about it: ‘I enjoyed climbing the steep hill in Westfield Wood, I renamed it “Death Mountain”! I enjoyed being outside exploring the environment, looking at the different plants and trees.’
Congratulations to the Sea Cadets, who should be very proud of themselves for this impressive feat.
We meet at:
Sea Cadets Medway Victory
The Victory Academy, Magpie Hall Road, Chatham, Kent
On: Mondays, 1745 hrs to 2000 hrs
Telephone: 07876 031436