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Aldershot Sign Armed Forces Covenant

Wed 21st May 2014 | Football Club Management

Aldershot Town have joined the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, to honour and support all past and present members of the British Armed Forces.

The principles of this Covenant dictate that no member of the Armed Forces Community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services, and in some circumstances may receive special treatment.

As part of their commitment to the Covenant and in promoting their status as an Armed Forces-friendly organisation, Aldershot Town will strive to support the employment of both veterans and Service spouses, offer a degree of flexibility in granting leave for Service spouses and partners, and support employees who choose to be members of the Reserve Forces. They will also support local cadets, in the local community and local schools.

The Club will actively participate in Armed Forces Day (28 June 2014), offer a discount to members of the Armed Forces Community, and provide special ‘Match Days’ for serving personnel and their families.

Alongside the Armed Forces Covenant and the Community Covenant, the Corporate Covenant allows businesses and charities to express their support to the Armed Forces. 

Nearly 100 business and charities have already signed this voluntary pledge, from Amazon UK and Barclays Bank to British Telecom and the Royal British Legion. Other sporting organisations to have joined the Covenant include Cardiff Blues rugby club and the Liverpool FC Foundation.

Chairman Shahid Azeem said: “Aldershot is renowned worldwide as the Home of the British Army, and we wanted to join this Covenant to reinforce everything that Aldershot Town believe in.

“It is our duty to ensure that we engage with the British Army, and welcome them to our Football Club. We particularly want to embrace and support the troops and families returning to our wonderful community in the coming months.”

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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