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Sky Sports to support troops with broadcasts from Afghanistan

Fri 17th Dec 2010 | Television & Broadcasting

Soccer AM and Ford Super Sunday have scheduled extra special features in this weekend’s programming as Sky Sports visits the armed forces based at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.

Soccer AM’s ‘Rocket’ and Premier League touchline reporter Geoff Shreeves made the trip to Helmand Province earlier this week to meet troops who will be spending this Christmas away from home.

Speaking of the expedition so far, Geoff Shreeves said: “It’s been an incredible trip; we feel privileged to be here and to receive such a welcome from all the troops has been overwhelming. To see how hard the servicemen and women work out here and the testing conditions they deliver their expertise is a real eye-opener. It’s been fantastic to have had the military’s involvement this weekend.”

Group Captain van den Berg, Commander of Camp Bastion said:  “Hosting the boys from Soccer AM and Super Sunday has been a real treat for those of us in Afghanistan.  What many people back in the UK may not realize is that BFBS shows both Sky Sports 1 and 2, and if forms a really important part of Bastion life; not just for all the Servicemen and women, but all the civilians who serve alongside us. 

Rocket, Geoff and their production team have really entered into the spirit. Their fan base here is massive, hence their visit has really lifted the morale of all the troops.”

Sky Sports’ association with the armed forces dates back over a decade, when soldiers began sending in their pictures to Soccer AM, and the show has long featured segments devoted to members of the armed forces. Via BFBS – British Forces Broadcasting Service – servicemen and women have been able to access Sky Sports programming and this visit to Afghanistan is the perfect chance to cement the relationship.

 

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