The Air Cadets run 11-A-Side football competitions at both Junior and Senior age groups with the Senior age group being able to play at Corps level. 5-a-side football is also played, though this is normally only to Region level.
All Wings within the ATC operate tournaments between their Squadrons, which allow the best players to be selected to represent the Wing. The same applies to the Region, with Wings competing against each other and the best players being able to make up the Regional team and so on up to Corps level, where Cadets can compete against other Cadet Services and other external teams – sometimes to International level.
11-A-Side football is only played by male cadets and is played under the official rules of the FA. The Inter Squadron football tournaments are mostly run around the autumn time of the year.
5-a-side football can be enjoyed by both male and female cadets (though participation by females is reliant on adequate changing facilities at venues). The male’s competition is usually split into Juniors and Seniors. The 5-a-side tournaments are held at the beginning of the year and are usually well attended.
Rugby is only played by male cadets within the Air Cadets, it is played to all levels (Seniors) and only to Wing at Junior level, although some Regions do arrange friendly games at Junior level.
Games are normally played in late autumn to early winter, with the Corps games being in the early new year. Some Wings also play Rugby 7’s.
All games are played under the rules of the Rugby Football Union.
Netball within the Air Cadets is played by female cadets, and is played in the early part of the year where players can progress all the way through to Corps level.
The competition at Squadron level is normally open age group, but once at Wing level and beyond, it is split into Junior and Senior girls. The sport is played under the rules of the All England Netball Association.
Hockey in the Air Cadets is played by female cadets, and can be competed at right up to Corps level.
Most wings host Inter Squadron tournaments where the Cadets for the Wing, Region and Corps teams will be selected.
The Hockey Tournaments are normally held late in the year and are governed by the rules of the Hockey Association.
Athletics is by far the most popular sport that the ATC participates in.
This event is normally held in Summer and all age groups can progress to Corps level. The age groups for this sport is normally:
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Cross Country is normally the very last sport in the year for most Wings and is competed at by Junior and Senior Girls, and Junior, Youth and Senior Boys.
The courses are normally in-between a mile and a half to three miles, the sport is competed at all levels, right up to Corps.
Swimming is the Corps most Successful event, with the ATC winning the last 29 annual tri-service meetings.
The sport is played with 4 age groups:-
This sport is normally played in the late autumn time of the year. Competitors can compete at all levels of this sport.
The following events are participated in:-