Shrewsbury Town FC to host armed forces match day and fan park

Shrewsbury Town Football Club will host an Armed Forces Match Day and Fan Park at their Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium on Saturday 23 March.

Image shows troops from 8th Battalion The Rifles, a Reserve infantry unit based in Shrewsbury, putting players through their paces with some basic fire and manoeuvre using paint-ball guns. Photo: Corporal Mark Larner RLC
Image shows troops from 8th Battalion The Rifles, a Reserve infantry unit based in Shrewsbury, putting players through their paces with some basic fire and manoeuvre using paint-ball guns. Photo: Corporal Mark Larner RLC

Town will take on League 1 team Portsmouth and the event promises to be a sell-out!

The event is in support of the Armed Forces Covenant and Shrewsbury Town Football Club are strong supporters of the Armed Forces. Military personnel, cadets and veterans will team up with the Club to give fans the opportunity to meet personnel from local Army, Navy and RAF units. The day is all about celebrating the special relationship between the Club and the Armed Forces.

Jamie Edwards, Head of Shrewsbury Town in the Community said: It is brilliant to be able to support this event and to give a platform to promote the great work of the Armed Forces and thank them for their support to the Club over the years.”

From 1pm until 2.45pm, the Fan Park will be open to welcome visitors and will include exciting displays and activities such as an inflatable assault course, weapon displays, personal protection equipment, military vehicles a battlefield ambulance, RAF Police, a Marching Band and a static helicopter. 

Sean McCarthy, the Armed Forces Covenant Officer at Shropshire Council said: This will be the 4th Armed Forces Match Day and Fan Park that Shrewsbury Town FC has hosted. It shows their commitment to support the Armed Forces Community as well as highlighting the important role that Armed Forces Covenant signees and military charities play. The Fan Park will give the opportunity for people to ask questions and to get involved as well as showcasing the military presence that we have in Shropshire. Entry to the Fan Park is free and so I hope that there will be a good turnout.”

Ahead of the Match Day and Fan Park on 23rd March, the players got together with military personnel and youngsters, who were enjoying some half-term activities, to experience some of the activities that will be on offer. This included a Juno helicopter, flown by Major Danny Shorter, which landed on the training pitch.

Sam Ricketts, the team’s Manager said:” We take for granted what the Armed Forces do; this event will be an opportunity for interaction and will give fans an insight into how they train and cope with the pressures of serving. I hope that lots of people turn out to support us both in the match against Portsmouth and the Fan Park.”

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