Friday 09 November 2012
Barclays Premier League clubs will be showing their support for this year's Poppy Appeal at the weekend by wearing special-edition shirts during their matches.
"We'll be wearing our poppies with pride"
All 20 clubs are in action over Saturday and Remembrance Sunday, and each will take to the field with shirts featuring poppies – the logo of the Royal British Legion – for their Barclays Premier League fixtures.
At every match tribute will be paid to those members of the Armed Forces who have lost their lives while serving their country, with a minute's silence before kick-offs.
Afterwards, the jerseys worn will be auctioned off via the clubs’ official websites with all proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal.
"This is something the club does every year and we are pleased to play our part in promoting the Poppy Appeal and the hard work of the Royal British Legion," said West Bromwich Albion's Liam Ridgewell, whose side also sported the Poppy Appeal shirts during their 2-0 victory against Southampton on Monday. "We'll be wearing our poppies with pride."
The Royal British Legion is the UK's leading Service charity, spending £1.7million every week on direct, practical care for serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families.
The Poppy Appeal is the Legion's biggest fundraising campaign and runs year-round. Lapel poppies are available to buy in shops, supermarkets, pubs and clubs from the last week of October until Remembrance Sunday, or 11 November, whichever is later in the calendar.
Also this weekend over 1,000 members of the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force will have free access to Premier League grounds courtesy of "Tickets For Troops".
The celebratory weekend will also highlight the work of the 20 Barclays Premier League clubs in this area, as over 20,000 match tickets will be given away this season as part of the initiative.
"We are hugely grateful to the Premier League and the Premier League clubs for supporting the troops"
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 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, while clubs will also individually highlight the work of the British Armed Forces with a series of different activities.
"We are hugely grateful to the Premier League and the Premier League clubs for supporting the troops in this way," said Tickets For Troops Chairman, Lord Marland. "Tickets For Troops provides organisations the opportunity to celebrate the terrific work of our troops and their commitment, resolve and courage to protect our national security.
"The generosity of ticket providers, including the Premier League, has been remarkable and shows the depth and feeling that is felt throughout the country and the desire to support our troops."
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.”