Premier League supports British Armed Forces
Saturday’s match at the Madejski Stadium will see the Canaries and their opponents Reading show their support for British Armed Forces ahead of Remembrance Sunday with the famous poppy badge on their shirts.
City will be wearing their all-black Errea away strip for the game and all the match-prepared shirts from Saturday will be auctioned off on the Club’s ebay page from Thursday, November 15 for 10 days. All the money raised will go to the Royal British Legion. The shirts will also be signed by the respective player, and will come with a certificate of authenticity.
The Royal British Legion were the guests at Carrow Road last weekend for the Stoke game where servicemen and women from RAF Marham and the Light Dragoons conducted a ground collection for the annual Poppy Appeal, and also took part in the ‘On the Ball, City’ chant prior to kick off and a half-time pitch parade where Norwich City fans showed their appreciation.
Pictured are TPR Kyle Sinclair and TPR Tom Crouther of the Light Dragoons and FLT LT Tony Clayton and SGT Ian Bateson representing RAF Marham with City goalkeeper John Ruddy, himself a keen supporter of the military charity Help for Heroes, when they visited the Colney Training Centre to launch the Poppy Appeal 2012.
The Canaries will also hold their annual Armed Forces Day at Carrow Road on Saturday, February 9 when City entertain Fulham in the Barclays Premier League. Members of locally-based Forces are invited as well as serving Norwich City fans through Tickets for Troops and our supporter group Forces2Canaries.
This weekend also sees a Premier League-wide initiative where over 1,000 members of the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force will have free access to Premier League grounds over the Remembrance period courtesy of Tickets For Troops. The celebratory weekend also highlights the on-going work of the 20 Barclays Premier League clubs in this area, as over 20,000 match tickets will be given away during the 2012/13 season as part of the initiative.
The Premier League and its 20 clubs have been involved with Tickets For Troops since the 2009/10 season and allocate courtesy tickets for selected home matches to serving members of the British Armed Forces, and all those medically discharged from the Forces since the commencement of military action in Afghanistan in 2001. Over 50,000 tickets have been given away to date.
The Premier League is also supporting the work of Tickets For Troops by donating perimeter board and match programme space to the charity, as well as making stadium announcements. The weekend will also be highlighted by the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS), which the Premier League provides with free TV and radio rights to Barclays Premier League games.
Richard Scudamore, Premier League Chief Executive, added: “Our clubs are proud to support Tickets For Troops and it is heartening that over 50,000 Barclays Premier League tickets have been given to members of the Armed Forces over the last four seasons. We also have a longstanding relationship with British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS), where the Premier League provides free TV and radio rights to Barclays Premier League games. Tickets For Troops is an excellent addition to this as it ensures members of the Armed Forces can see the action for real when they can get a chance. I’d like to thank the 20 Barclays Premier League clubs for again generously donating over 20,000 match tickets this season.”
Tickets For Troops Chairman, Lord Marland said: "The support Tickets For Troops has received from the Premier League and the Premier League clubs since the charity was established three years ago has been overwhelming and I must thank them for their continued commitment in getting behind our troops, especially at this time of year when our servicemen and women are even more in our thoughts. This generosity is a huge testament to the courageous, challenging and dangerous work that the wonderful men and women of our Armed Forces tirelessly do each day on the country's behalf."