Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wembley hosts UK troops

Troops enjoy England international at Wembley

A Defence Policy and Business news article

27 May 10

More than 1,000 troops, including soldiers, sailors, airmen and Royal Marines, enjoyed a night of international football at Wembley Stadium thanks to Tickets for Troops.

Service personnel at Wembley

Service personnel enjoy the England friendly against Mexico at Wembley
[Picture: Cpl Rupert Frere RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2010]

Free tickets were distributed by Tickets for Troops for the England World Cup warm-up match at Wembley on Monday 24 May, when England secured a 3-1 victory over Mexico.

The troops were encouraged to attend in uniform and many were given prime seats in line with the half-way line opposite the dugouts.

Before the game the troops were given a round of applause by the crowd and players, and a single representative from each of the three Services - Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force - took to the pitch for the presentation of the players.

It was the first event where Tickets for Troops had offered tickets for an event at Wembley Stadium.

Lord Marland, Chairman of Tickets for Troops, said:

Service personnel at Wembley

Some of the 1,000 servicemen and women who enjoyed the England's win over Mexico at Wembley
[Picture: Cpl Rupert Frere RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2010]

"It's fantastic that the FA [Football Association] has got behind Tickets for Troops. Football is so popular with our Armed Forces and to have over 1,000 tickets to an England international is fantastic. The tickets were taken up in a very short period of time.

"So far we have given away 100,000 tickets to 55,000 troops and their families. ...

You can read more on this here. For more on Tickets for the Troops, go here.

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