Hartlepool cadets try their hand at fencing

ON GUARD: Team who took part in the fencing session
ON GUARD: Team who took part in the fencing session

ARMY cadets were given the chance to try their hand at a new sport when a team of unemployed young people delivered a lesson in fencing.

Youngsters at Hartlepool’s High Tunstall Detachment of the Cleveland Army Cadet Force picked up the basics of the Olympic sport as members of The Prince’s Trust Team programme turned coaches for the day.

Team leader Melisa Marsden said: “The aim of the challenge was for the young people to help raise awareness of different ways to stay fit and active, while engaging with the local community.”

For the cadets, High Tunstall Detachment Commander, Terry Shaw said: “It offered a great opportunity to try a new activity that they may not have considered before.”

The activity took place at High Tunstall College of Science in Elwick Road, Hartlepool, and was organised by young people taking part in the youth charity’s team programme at Stockton Riverside College.

Army cadet Sophia Simpson, 15, of Hartlepool, said: “It was something totally different and not like anything I have done before.

“It was good to try something new.”

Ginny Fielding, 16, of also from Hartlepool added: “I was surprised by how tiring it was, but it is something I would consider trying again.”

The Prince’s Trust Team programme is a 12-week development scheme, delivered by Stockton Riverside College, helping unemployed young people aged 16 to 25, build the skills and confidence they need to help them find a job or move into education. For details go to www.stockton.ac.uk/src-courses/vocational-courses/prince-s-trust or call (01642) 865566.