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Ready for Kick Off: Armed Forces Fan Park ready as 1 October nears

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This is an image of Shropshire Armed Forces Covenant partners in a sports hall with Armed Forces veterans and coaches of the Battle Back Centre

Armed Forces Fan Park partners with veterans at the Battle Back Centre

Saturday 1 October is fast approaching meaning the Armed Forces Match Day 2016 is nearly with us and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

The Fan Park kicks-off at 1pm outside Greenhous Meadow at Shrewsbury Town Football Club, ahead of the teams’ match against Swindon Town.

Fans and residents can take part in a wide range of free fun activities available for the whole family including: Mobile climbing walls, mobile gaming for young people, static helicopter display, rifle shooting and much more.

The Fan Park also offers fans and Shropshire residents the opportunity to learn more about the Armed Forces in the County.

Ahead of kick-off, RAF Shawbury will be delivering the match ball via helicopter.

David Fairclough, Shropshire Armed Forces Covenant Coordinator, said:

“Shropshire Council signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant pledge four years ago and have been delighted to work with Shrewsbury Town Football Club as ambassadors of it.


“This, the third annual Fan Park, promises to be bigger and better than ever and offers a great insight into the Armed Forces community through fun free activities and military vehicle displays as we work hard to bring military and civilian communities together.


“I’d encourage fans and residents alike to make their way to the Fan Park on Saturday 1 October.”

Lt Col Richard Jones of the 11 Signal Brigade, said:

“On behalf of the Armed Forces we’re delighted to be taking part in the 3rd STFC Armed Forces match day and fan park, the biggest and best yet. Military units from across Shropshire and the West Midlands will be on-hand to talk with supporters and residents who will have the chance to take part in some fun, free activities including a climbing wall & rifle shooting whilst also learning a little bit more about the Army, Navy and RAF and the specific roles available within the Regulars and Reserves.


“Residents in Shropshire have really embraced the Armed Forces Covenant, and this is our way of giving something back to the local community who support us so well.”

Jamie Edwards, Head of community at Shrewsbury Town Football Club, said:

Shrewsbury Town Football Club are proud to support the Armed Forces at our now annual awareness day. The work the Armed Forces do across the country is invaluable and hopefully the day will further enhance our partnerships with the many local military groups.”

 The Royal British Legion and SSAFA are the events chosen charities.

Shropshire Council signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2012 in a voluntary pledge of support for Shropshire’s Armed Forces communities.

Notes to editors

  • For media enquiries, contact Adam Spreckley on 01743 252826 or email communications@shropshire.gov.uk
  • For general enquiries about the Armed Forces Covenant please contact the local co-ordinator, David Fairclough atSAFCC@shropshire.gov.uk
  • To see more information about Shropshire’s Armed Forces Covenant, see the website.