This Saturday is not only start of the new season, but it will also be the day Chorley Football Club sign the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.
Countersigning on behalf of the Ministry of Defence will be Captain Charleson, Sargent Chris Harness and Sargent Dave Smithson of 64 Medical Squadron, which is based Lancaster House on Devonshire Road, Chorley.
The signing will take place before the match against FC United of Manchester kicks-off.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. We’re working with businesses, local authorities, charities and community organisations to support the forces through services, policy and projects.
The National League became the first football governing body to sign the Covenant earlier this year and member clubs are all following the leagues lead by signing up with their local regiments. Major General Richard Stanford MBE, General Officer Commanding (GOC) Regional Command, said of the league signing up that the move highlighted the similarities between the football, sport and military communities and was an opportunity to develop closer links between them.
He said: “It’s all about society, football, and the Armed Forces coming together to support each other.
“Football changes people’s lives and gives opportunities to people of all ages; we’re in the same business – in the people business – and we believe in maximising talent and sport offers opportunities for people across the spectrum.
“I’m very glad to say that sport in the Armed Forces is now recognised as a core activity – it’s really important that sport is part of our values and standards. It generates and maintains cohesion and it generates teamwork.
“Football is the national game and it’s also the soldiers’ game – and this is an ideal way to link the Armed Forces to football, to link into communities, to prevent us from being seen as separate.
“The Armed Forces Covenant is not about special treatment – it’s about recognising the unique nature of service life and providing a level playing field and together in this we can make a real difference and I look forward to developing closer links between the clubs and you all”.