Northwest RFCA


Championing the Value of Reserve Service

NW RFCA supports Reservists of all three Services based in the North West of England and the Isle of Man. Alongside the regional Chains of Command and through the Association Membership, NW RFCA engages with local communities in the region to increase understanding of Reserve service and strengthen links with local units.

Promoting the Cadet Experience

The Sea Cadets, Army Cadets, Air Cadets and Combined Cadet Forces offer unparalleled opportunities for young people to experience fun, friendship and adventure, take part in military-themed training, adventure activities, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, community projects and much, much more. Aged between 12 and 18, in addition to a challenging and rewarding Cadet curriculum, cadets also have the opportunity to achieve a variety of qualifications in different fields.

Encouraging Support to the Reserves and Cadets

The RFCAs champion the volunteer ethos by providing an invaluable footprint across the United Kingdom, building links between local communities and the Armed Forces. The relationship between local authorities, local businesses and the Services is strengthened by the RFCAs’ support for the Armed Forces Covenant. The commitment and achievements of Reservists, Cadets, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers and those who support them are celebrated by NW RFCA’s delivery of the annual Lord-Lieutenants’ and Lieutenant Governor’s Awards.

Providing the Best Place to Work and Train

Property and facilities management is one of the most significant functions of NW RFCA. Through professionally qualified staff, NW RFCA is responsible on behalf of the Ministry of Defence for the upkeep of over 40 tri-Service Reserve Forces’ sites and Cadet centres. This impressive portfolio of properties provides the vital footprint and hub for all Reserve and Cadet activity in the region.

Generating Income for the Benefit of Reserves

Alternative Venues North West, an initiative of NW RFCA, offers facilities for hire on the ‘Reserve Estate’, comprising properties including the Naval Regional Headquarters, Army Reserve Centres and Cadet training facilities across the region, and Altcar Training Camp on Merseyside.


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