The BMFA are delighted to announce a very exciting relationship with the charity SkillForce. During the past few months the BMFA and SkillForce have been looking at ways the two organisations can work together and complement one another.

Who are SkillForce?

Established in 2004, SkillForce is a national education charity with its roots in the Ministry of Defence. Working in partnership with schools, SkillForce delivers innovative character and resilience education programmes to children and young people, in particular, their flagship programme, the Prince William Award. Since SkillForce’s inception it has helped tens of thousands of young people turn their lives around and through doing so, realise their potential and become responsible citizens.

In addition to their commitment to young people, they also support ex-Forces personnel, providing training and opportunity to become qualified SkillForce Instructors. Over the years this has proven to be very beneficial with former service men and women acting as outstanding role models, mentors and coaches for those in their care.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge KG KT became the charity’s Royal Patron in 2009.

Why a relationship?

The BMFA recognises the great work that SkillForce does and would love to see aeromodelling play a part in that work. An exciting and fun new aspect whilst sowing the aeromodelling seed for a future generation. SkillForce equally recognises the value of you, the BMFA’s membership and would like to be able to reach out and ask for your support. Many of the BMFA’s members are current or ex-Forces so there is a natural synergy.

What does this mean?

SkillForce will start to use the BMFA Aerojet as part of their Prince William Pioneer Award. Aimed at children aged 6 - 8 years old. The award is designed to develop character; allowing children to experience activities where character qualities can be displayed. The Pioneer award is currently delivered to around 750 children each year. If the relationship proves successful it is hoped that the BMFA can assist in other ways to bring aeromodelling to children up to 14 years of age within the Prince William Awards.

Find out more about the Prince William Awards at https://www.skillforce.org/prince-william-award-programme/ 

Watch the incredible moment where HRH The Duke of Cambridge launched the #PrinceWilliamAward at Llanfoist Fawr Primary School, Abergavenny on March 1st 2017. 

In turn, the BMFA has chosen SkillForce as their nominated charity. SkillForce will have their own section on the BMFA’s website and their news will be shared via the BMFA’s social channels. SkillForce will have a regular presence in the BMFA News and you will also be able to meet them in person at the Nationals. SkillForce will have a stand and you will be able to learn more about the brilliant work that they do.

“SkillForce are delighted to have been chosen by the BMFA as their charity partner this year. Model flying already features in our character and resilience programme, the Prince William Award. It is an excellent activity to help develop and demonstrate some of the character qualities such as problem-solving, teamwork, resilience, sharing and co-operation that will help our students to ‘dare to be their best selves!’.. We are very much looking forward to working with the BMFA over the coming months and if you are attending the Nationals, please do stop by and say ‘hello!’.” Ben Slade, CEO, SkillForce

Please take time to look at SkillForce’s website, they are a wonderful charity and one that the BMFA is very proud to partner with.

www.skillforce.org