Remembrance Fixture: QPR
Football in the UK will once again come together to show its support for the Royal British Legion, with players across the country proudly wearing the poppy on their shirts in the lead up to this year’s Remembrance weekend.
Blackpool continues to show its support for the Armed Forces community, with all players bearing the poppy on their shirts in Saturday’s fixture against Queens Park Rangers, which is being broadcast live on Sky Sports.
There will also be a minute’s silence prior to kick-off on Saturday for everybody inside Bloomfield Road to pay their respects to those servicemen and women who have lost their lives in conflict.
The Club, in conjunction with the Community Trust, has invited 100 local individuals, including veterans and veterans' families to watch the game as guests, with six military veterans to form a guard of honour as the teams enter the field of play.
The Club and Trust have also signed the Armed Forces Covenant, which provides an opportunity for organisations to demonstrate their support for Armed Forces communities in the region, ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. Those who sign the Covenant aim to support the forces through services, policy and projects.
Ben Mansford, Chief Executive of Blackpool Football Club, said:
“The Club values the contribution that serving personnel, veterans and military families have made to our country and is proud to formally sign the Armed Forces Covenant alongside the Trust.
“We are honoured to make this ongoing and public commitment and look forward to welcoming members of the Armed Forces community to Bloomfield Road for our Remembrance fixture against QPR this weekend.”
Ashley Hackett, Chief Executive of Blackpool FC Community Trust, said:
“The Community Trust is proud to support our community through the work we do, which includes social, physical and lifestyle programmes specifically for the Armed Forces community. This occasion is therefore a great opportunity for us to build on that, while also involving our community of military veterans.”
A symbol of hope and remembrance:
The poppy is the enduring symbol of remembrance for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and also for those who continue to defend and improve our way of life today. This resilient flower flourished in the midst of destruction, becoming a symbol of hope and a peaceful future.
This year marks the centenary of the Royal British Legion. For 100 years, the Royal British Legion has cared for our active and retired service personnel and their families by supporting them in a variety of ways.
To celebrate this milestone, fans will have the opportunity to bid on an additional range of exclusive prizes that have been kindly made available by the Royal British Legion’s partners and ambassadors.
The match-worn shirts that the Blackpool players wear on Saturday will be individually signed and available to purchase in a live auction straight from kick-off, with proceeds going to the Royal British Legion.
Please visit the Legion’s official auction partner, Match Worn Shirt, for further details - www.matchwornshirt.co.uk/poppy
A squad-signed Poppy shirt will be raffled off separately at a later date.
Don’t miss the opportunity to own a unique piece of memorabilia whilst supporting the Royal British Legion’s vital work - and remember: “every poppy counts!”