Last night saw the signing of the Armed Forces’ Covenant between Eastbourne Borough Football Club and the Army, at their home ground in Priory Road.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.
Lt Colonel Andy Betts, Commanding Officer 3PWRR said:
“It’s an absolute privilege to have the opportunity to have this link between the Armed Forces and the community in Eastbourne.
We have a reserve centre here which is massively important to us locally and connects us with the communities that we serve; we are delighted to be able to add Eastbourne FC to our growing list of supporters.”
Eastbourne FC Chairman John Bonar said:
“It’s an honour to be working with the armed forces and to have signed this here tonight. The work of the Army compliments our ethos and we try to offer as much as we can for those in the forces.
We are delighted to become part of the ever growing list of leading companies and organisations that have signed up to the Armed Forces’ Covenant, recognising the value that serving personnel (both Regular and Reservists), Veterans and military families contribute to our businesses, communities and country”.
Eastbourne FC also received a bronze award from the South East Reserves Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (SERFCA). The Employer Recognition Scheme encourages employers to support defence and inspire other organisations to do the same.
The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the armed forces covenant.
The evening also saw Eastbourne FC play the British Army in a Football match at the stadium, Sussex Army Cadets were in the stands to cheer them on and witness the signing of the Armed Forces’ Covenant.