Tuesday 3rd November 2020

Calling all young writers, budding journalists and creative minds. Little Troopers needs you! The military charity would love children aged 5+ from across the British Armed Forces community to contribute to a brand-new newspaper called the Little Troopers Gazette. 

This shiny new newspaper will be packed with content written by and for military children and will be a place where young people can come together to share their experiences of military life in print, as well as reading about other little troopers around the world who are just like them.  

To get involved and be in with a chance of featuring in the newspaper, visit the Little Troopers website where you can choose from a range of suggested topics including ‘My Military Life’, ‘What My Parent Does’, ‘My School’ and ‘Where I Live’.

On the hunt for older ‘roving reporters’ too

The charity is also looking for roving reporters aged 8+ to interview local military personnel, write sports reports and explore military history events. There will even be a ‘poets’ corner’ for talented young authors to submit their work. Each topic has a template or downloadable content guide on the charity’s website to get children started.  

Deadline for articles

Articles must be submitted by Tuesday 17th November to be considered for inclusion. There will be two printed editions of the Little Troopers Gazette and families and welfare units will be able to order copies of the winter issue later in November.  

The Little Troopers Gazette has been made possible by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund which awarded the charity a grant as part of its ‘Forces Communities Together’ programme. The programme awarded funding to creative and engaging projects that could be delivered under social restrictions and would support people from the Armed Forces Community who have been isolated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, comments:

“2020 has been a difficult year for lots of little troopers which is why we think the Little Troopers Gazette is going to be a fantastic pick-me-up project that will bring children from the British Armed Forces community together. We want military children to feel pride in being a ‘Little Trooper’ and to feel part of a very special community of young people who understand each other and can support each other, even during times like this when we are forced to be apart. We are really looking forward to reading the children’s submissions and editing the first issue.” 

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