The AAC continues to recognise 40 official sports clubs which are eligible for grant support which comes from the AAC Fund and our generous sponsors. Without this funding our clubs would struggle to achieve their aims and in particular overseas sports tours would be curtailed. Currently sport and AT within the AAC is very healthy and the continued support by our sponsors and Team Army should ensure that it remains so. Team Army funding also helps our top atheletes
This past six months has seen a fair amount of sporting and AT activity take place with a good deal more planned for the second half of the year. Many of our sports clubs have achieved noticeable success, however, I draw your attention to the following:
- Angling – This club is going from strength to strength and is supported by very successful Regtl clubs in both Yeovilton and Wattisham. They are extremely active and have organised events in course, game and sea fishing. This has led to the allocation of In-year funding totalling £830 to buy extra equipment. It is expected that this ascent will continue and their future annual grant will increase accordingly.
- Power Lifting – Within the AAC Powerlifting has become very popular with bespoke gyms created in both Wattisham and Yeovilton. Individuals have been inspired by a number of very competent AAC athletes and none more so than WO1 David Heath. This year alone David has competed at the World Powerlifting Championships in Belgium and the USA. Financial support from the AAC ‘Gladiator’ fund has helped him to compete and fly the flag for the Corps and Army.
The AAC Football team undertook an overseas sports tour to Brazil in May 17. Maj Daz Curphey planned and led a fantastic tour playing a number of matches against the Brazilian military. Some extremely tough games were undertaken, however, this has set them up nicely for the season ahead.
The AAC Netball team conducted a training camp in La Manga, Spain which helped prepare them for the season and especially ahead of their overseas Sports tour to Dubai planned for Jan 18, 12 members of the team trained in Spain and the plan is to send the same number to Dubai. Both of these tours have received an element of sponsorship funding.
The AAC Golf team recently returned from a Golf tour to Arizona, USA. The team had a fantastic trip which saw 12 golfers play up to 36 holes a day. Everyone’s game improved, the weather, facilities and location was excellent and this was all made available with financial support and a modest personal contribution from the participants.
This year there was 28 nominations for AAC Sports Colours and 1 nomination for the ASATC Lifetime Achievement Award (LAA) . Of the 28 citations received 21 individuals were awarded colours and WO1 ME Ingram was unanimously awarded the LAA for his endeavours and commitment in Rugby.
- Col N A Banks – Sailing
- Col P M Cook – Services to ASATC
- Lt A N McKenna – Golf
- Maj C E Gillson – Clay Shooting
- Maj A R Jenkins – Orienteering
- Capt A J W Pollard – Hockey
- WO2 A J McDonald – Paragliding
- WO2 J Susans – Cycling
- SSgt S A Jackson – Cricket
- SSgt W McCourt – Golf
- Cpl R J Allen – Football
- Cpl K A Atherton – Rugby
- Cpl K L Carter – Netball
- Cpl B M Griggs – Football
- Cpl H M Murray – Swimming
- Cpl W R H Ross-Allen – Rugby
- Cpl T A Richards – Netball
- Cpl L M Sibanda – Basketball
- LCpl K Cassell – Football
- LCpl K R Gondwe – Basketball
- LCpl J G Wilson – Karting
Sports Awards Dinner
The AAC Sports Awards Dinner is held annually at the Officers’ Mess, Middle Wallop where all the winners will be honoured as well as the AAC Sports Personality of the Year who will receive a trophy. Sponsorship funding is used to facilitate this event which is a highlight in the calendar and always enjoyed by all. The 2016/17 dinner guests included all our sponsors and Team Army was represented by Lt Col (Retd) Tim Wakefield, it is hoped Team Army will again attend the next dinner.
Sports and adventurous training within the Corps is stable and generally feels well established. The Corps enjoys a steady drumbeat of activity, Sport and AT and it remains high on the agenda. Sport and AT continues to be both a positive attraction and retention tool, as a result funding is considered money well spent and the AAC sincerely thank all our sponsors for their support particularly Boeing and Leonardo.
Maj R Carter, Secretary for AAC Sport and Adventurous Training (ASATC)