Not many 16-year-olds are given the opportunity to work alongside royalty, it's quite an honour.
When HRH The Duke of York officially opened The Forces Media Academy, Forces Radio BFBS' Cadet of the Week was on hand to help with Royal duties.
Cadet Sgt Max Boothby of 14th Buckingham ACF is the Lord-Lieutenant Cadet and was carrying out his duties by accompanying the Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher at this event.
“With the Duke Of York’s appearance… I acted as a representative for my cadet force to show interest from our youth groups.”
The newly formed state-of-the-art Forces Media Academy is providing ex-service personnel with the training, experience, and qualifications they need for future careers in videography, digital, TV or radio. The students have been selected for their aptitude and passion for the media and come from a diverse range of services, ranks and backgrounds.
Cadet Sgt Max Boothby has represented the Lord-Lieutenant for five months and has attended a variety of county wide events such as Armed Forces Day in Aylesbury as well as other sporting and charity days.
“I really like the leadership in cadets. I like learning about how to lead and how to achieve greater things and teaching people how to achieve these things. It’s a fantastic feeling.”
The son of a retired British Army Officer has represented his battalion in sports, including rugby, and military skills competitions. He also has a particular interest in The Royal British Legion and for the last two years has been a poppy seller both with fellow cadets and in his home village. What role does Max think sport can play within the cadets?
“I think it’s a great way for competition within services and the cadet force. Really bringing together groups and giving people more skills and opportunities to achieve sport.”
Nationally the Army Cadets UK has 41,000 cadets (aged 12-18) and 9,500 adults in over 1,600 locations in every corner of the country. The ACF is one of the country’s largest voluntary youth organisations. It is also one of the oldest tracing its history back to 1859.