Sea Cadets mark their voyage of LEGAsea

Sea Cadets, the UK national youth charity, has published  its ‘multi-generational’ impact study following participation of over 3,000 former cadets dating back as far as the outbreak of the Second World War.

The 160-year-old charity has launched My LegaSea, a campaign exploring the impact of cadet life on young people aged 10 to 18 and how it helped shape their futures

Captain Phil Russell, Captain of Sea Cadets, said: “My LegaSea is a remarkable initiative which brings Sea Cadets history to life through fascinating human stories and cherished memories.”

The full report reveals a plethora of insight, bringing to light ten key areas of impact identified by the research participants. Three indeed stand out for the charity: 95% confirmed Sea Cadets had a positive impact on their life, long after they left; 80% confirmed Sea Cadets developed their independence and skills; 70% confirmed Sea Cadets improved their ability to cope with challenges.

My LegaSea, an independently researched project, was designed and guided by academics at Durham University and Goldsmith’s College London and was launched to mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, a period which triggered rapid expansion of the Sea Cadets movement.

In 1940, the first offshore Training Ship, Bounty, was purchased and in 1942 the charity was officially named the Sea Cadet Corps, attracting a huge intake of new cadets.