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The Maritime Cadets had a successful Open Day in Formby

Formby Maritime Cadets opened their doors for the first time on 14th March in Formby. This gave the local community a chance to come down, meet the staff and see what they are offering.

The turnout was impressive with many potential cadets and adult volunteers visiting the unit.

The evening started off with a look round the unit where everyone was amazed to see the huge changes that have happened since the Maritime Cadets took over the former Formby Youth Centre at Redgate. There was an opportunity to participate in some seamanship skills by learning how to tie knots and understand how blocks and tackles work. The younger visitors took part in the Junior Maritime Cadet activity of making a poster to tell a little about themselves, hobbies interests etc. and will be put on display in the junior classroom.

At 19:05 Midshipman Smith piped Stand Easy (which made a few people jump), this gave everyone a chance to have some refreshments.

Once everyone was refreshed the staff were introduced by the Commanding Officer Lt Mike Gribble.

This then lead on to a part of the evening no-one was expecting, a lesson in Drill for everyone there, on-one escaped. Once they had mastered the basics i.e. standing to attention, at ease, turning and saluting, a game of Simon Said was played. All the participants had great fun as the young people tried to beat the adults. In the end a draw was agreed between two adults and a young lady who was superb. .Everyone that took part did exceptionally well especially considering some were as young as seven.

As the evening drew to a close the young people were asked if they had enjoyed themselves and if they would like to come back. The feedback was amazing:

“I’ve had a great time”,

“the drill was fun and sometimes I was a bit wobbly”,

“I liked learning how to tie knots”,

“I’m coming back and I’m going to see if my friends will come too” and

“I can’t wait to learn how to sail”.

The staff were pleased and excited by the level of interest and are looking forward to giving the young people of Formby the opportunity to participate in some new and exciting adventures.

If you would like to know more about this new exciting venture contact details can be found below.

Formby Maritime Cadets



L37 4EW

They parade two nights a week

Tuesday 18:30 – 20:30 (Juniors aged 8 – 11) and 18:30 – 21:00 (Cadets year 7+)

Friday 18:30 – 20:30 (Juniors aged 8 – 11) and 18:30 – 21:00 (Cadets year 7+)

For further information: - Email: -

Tel: - 01704 878770 (parade nights only)

Mob: - 07852992831

Original Story:

Back in September 2016 the Maritime Cadet Association put an expression of interest in to Sefton Council with the intention to take over the Formby Youth centre in Redgate.

After months of negation and decision making, I am very pleased to announce that the Maritime Cadet Association were successful with their application and received access to the building on 10th February 2017.

We were conscious that the building is a hub for the youth in Formby and therefore wanted to embrace the youth groups and members of the community and agreed for Aiming High (youth group for disabled young people who meet twice per week) and Sefton Fostering Services (who meet twice per month) to keep on accessing the building and to continue to offer their invaluable service.

The Maritime Cadets is a charity that aims to create an environment where young people can reach their full potential whatever their circumstances.

We provide a balanced programme of activities that develops the whole person in an environment of social interaction and team working using a nautical theme based on the customs and traditions of the Royal and Merchant Navies. Young people progress through a rank structure as well as undergoing specialist training and be given the opportunity to attain awards and qualifications.

Taking part in the Maritime Cadets builds confidence and develops self-esteem. It requires persistence, commitment and has a lasting impact on the attitudes and outlook of all young people who join. Our cadets are aged between: 8 - 11 Junior Maritime Cadets 11 - 18 Maritime Cadets Demand continues to rise year on year. We have ambitious plans for growth, development and sustainability and we look forward to working with all our new networks in Formby as well as our existing networks to make our goals a reality.

Our achievements and growth have inspired us to be more ambitious and to set ourselves some challenging goals. Our starting point is the understanding that, if the Maritime Cadets & Sea Training Corps is good for the young people currently enrolled, then it is good for all the others not yet able to access the opportunities the Maritime Cadets & Sea Training Corps has to offer. We are passionate about inspiring the next generation and creating a brighter future for them and their communities.

Our ambitions are to increase the number of young people enrolled in the Maritime Cadets & Sea Training Corps. To ensure that all young people who enroll in the Maritime Cadets & Sea Training Corps are put through a structured and enhanced training syllabus.

To recruit, support and recognise more volunteers from diverse backgrounds, to extend our reach and enable more young people to access the Maritime Cadets & Sea Training Corps. To expand and diversify the delivery partners we work with to extend our reach and increase numbers of young people who enroll. To ensure that there is adequate resources and literature available to support volunteers in enhancing the experience for all cadets. We hope you too feel inspired to get involved, support our work and create a brighter future.

If you feel inspired to get involved, support our work and create a brighter future for all young people, we would like to hear from you. Please email to: Facebook - Formby Maritime Cadets Website:

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