The Hertfordshire Cheetahs are delighted to announce that they will be hosting an Armed Forces Day thanks to a £9,880 grant from Awards for All.
On Sunday 30 June the Cheetahs will be celebrating the service and recognising the sacrifice of our ex and current service men and women by hosting a day full of activities bringing the Armed Forces community together and raising awareness of the incredible work they do in protecting our country.
The day will feature two regular season games for the Junior and Senior squads, against the Cambridgeshire Cats and Sussex Thunder respectively which will be played in honour of all those who have fought across the world. We will also have a special flag round robin tournament for the three branches of the cadets, Air, Sea and Army.
The funding has gone towards the purchase of equipment for Cheetahs coaches to deliver a 6 week coaching course to the three branches of the cadets in the Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire regions. This will culminate in the aforementioned tournament on the Armed Forces Day and the Seniors will proudly wear a special black camouflage uniform as a homage to all our branches of the forces.
We will also be welcoming special guest Steve ‘Celtic Warrior’ Collins, former two weight world boxing champion, who he himself is a military reservist. Steve will appear alongside other members of the Armed Forces, specifically former and current Cheetahs players, many of whom still serve.
Chairman Luke Clark has said, “We are grateful to Awards for All for giving us this opportunity to thank all the men and women who have given their time to serve this great country. American Football shares many of the core values that are entrenched in our armed forces, including integrity, courage, loyalty and commitment. It seemed logical to work with the cadets to entrench these values as well as host an event welcoming all current and former service men and women to raise awareness about the incredible work they do. We will also be remembering those who are no longer with us but have sacrificed their lives in protecting our freedom “.
Current member of the Cheetahs, Servicemen Dan Filer of the 5 rifles, who is currently serving in Canada, emphasised sharing values and principles saying: “I believe the Armed Forces Day is a tremendous idea as a way of not only fundraising but also as a way of celebrating our armed forces and the qualities of which we share with our armed forces, for example, teamwork, comradeship, respect, discipline and above all else, passion. American football is not only a game of strength and skill but it also teaches a lot of valuable life lessons, many of which I have taken with me in my time serving in the British army.”
Both the Junior and Senior games will be live streamed thanks to support from UKAFL. “The team at UKAFL have been working with the Cheetahs committee to make sure this game reaches audiences from all over the world” Luke Clark said. “We are delighted to be able raise the awareness of British American and the Armed forces and I want to thank those who have made this day possible including Awards for All, the Cadets, UKAFL and my Committee members”.
Festivities will start at 11am with the Junior game kicking off at 12pm, followed by the Senior game. The flag tournament will be played at 2.30pm (approx) between games.
Keep your eyes peeled on the website for future updates to the Armed Forces Day.
*NB The cadet flag game will now kick off at 2.30pm (approx).