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Celebrate with the Armed Forces at matchday fan park

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Saturday 29 November 2014 will see Shrewsbury Town FC take on Burton Albion FC in a League 2 clash that is about more than just football.

The Armed Forces Community Covenant have teamed up with Shrewsbury Town FC to hold an Armed Forces matchday, that will give the public an opportunity to meet their local military units from the Army, Navy and RAF.

Shrewsbury Town have kindly offered more than 200 free match tickets to serving military personnel and their families for the match, on a day that is about celebrating the special historical relationship between the club and the Armed Forces, and the club and fans thanking the forces for their service.

From 12pm noon to 2.45pm, the Armed Forces will be setting up a fan park outside the stadium providing a host of fun activities which is free for the whole community and offers something for all.  The fan park will include:

  • Inflatable assault course
  • Weapons, personal equipment and kit
  • Laser clay pigeon shoot
  • Military vehicles with weapons
  • Field catering display, and field hospital
  • Recruitment stands.

The football club have invited 24 VIPs to the Sovereign Suite for a three course meal starting at 1.30pm.  All VIPs are senior military officers and their partners/relatives.  At 2.50pm, RAF Shawbury will be delivering the match ball via helicopter to a VIP chosen by the club, and the VIP will then pass the match ball to the referee.

Tim Barker, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for transformation performance, said:

“The Armed Forces Community Covenant represents an important method for our military to communicate with the public and local businesses.  The fan park will allow people to meet our Armed Forces and gain a better understanding of what they do while enjoying many exciting activities.

“Shrewsbury Town are great ambassadors of the covenant, and it would be great to see more local businesses become involved.”

You can find more information about the Armed Forces Community Covenant at:

http://shropshire.gov.uk/shropshire-council/shropshire-armed-forces-community-covenant/

https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/fulfilling-the-commitments-of-the-armed-forces-covenant/supporting-pages/armed-forces-covenant.