Member of the European Parliament for London, Marina Yannakoudakis, visited the Beckenham and Penge Sea Cadets to learn more about how the sea cadets give young people confidence and inspiration by teaching them leadership skills and team work.

Marina, who went to school in Beckenham, was pleased to meet with local sea cadets who were involved in activities such as learning how to navigate, how to make a joist and winding up ropes. Marina also was present at the raising and lowering of the Sea Cadet Corps ensign.

The Sea Cadets is a national charity established in 1856 that inspires young people through nautical adventure and fun, giving them the best possible head start in life.

Marina said of her visit: “I am impressed by the work that the Sea Cadet Corps is doing in Beckenham. By providing children and teenagers with new sets of challenges and skills, the Sea Cadets are preparing our young people to be well-rounded individuals who can contribute to their local community.”

Lieutenant Commander (SCC) David Lewis MBE JP RNR, District Officer of the London Southern District of the Sea Cadet Corps added: “We were delighted to welcome Marina Yannakoudakis to the Beckenham and Penge Sea Cadets.  Her support for our young people is greatly appreciated, and her work on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality is an inspiration to our female cadets.”

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