RUGBY FOR HEROES SALUTES 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF WW1 WITH 2015 CALENDAR
Rugby for Heroes has today unveiled their RUGBY FOR HEROES WW1 2015 calendar cover with pre-orders being taken from September 4th 2014.
Proceeds from the calendar will support military personnel making the transition into civilian life.
With this year marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One, Rugby for Heroes is honouring those that were lost in the Great War whilst fighting for the British Armed Forces with their 2015 calendar.
The date of the calendar cover launch, September 4th, is very significant to the sport as on this date in 1914, the RFU called upon its members aged between 19 and 35 to enlist for the formation of a rugby players’ battalion to stand in solidarity with those enlisted in the British Army. Whilst the idea was not feasible, the War Office did suggest that companies of rugby players (around 120) could enlist together in certain Regiments of which many did fighting for Queen & Country, such was their patriotism.
The sport of Rugby and the military have a long and intertwined history and the two combine both on a large scale with inter service matches such as Army v. Navy at Twickenham and on a smaller scale from soldier to soldier, player to player. Both therugby community and the military base their institutions on the core values ofcomrade, discipline, leadership and team work.
Lance Corporal Liam Parker, rugby player and soldier from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, said: “Rugby requires discipline, physical robustness and mental strength just as the Army does.
“The core values of both rugby and the military are also very similar. You’re there for your brothers, putting your body on the line and giving everything you’ve got for the men around you. Whether on the battlefield or on the pitch, that stays the same”
Away from rugby, the transition from military to civilian life can often be a long and difficult journey for service leavers both past and present. This is where Rugby for Heroes can help make a real difference as service men and women from all strands of the British Armed Forces are eligible for assistance in their transition to civilian life.
Rugby for Heroes partners with a number of other armed forces charities who provide specialist support and mentorship programmes. These charities provide a wealth of advice, guidance and support to help overcome some of the most basicchallenges that service leavers face, to the more complex issues associated with Post Operational Stress Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Aside from providing financial assistance to charitable benefactors, Rugby For Heroes also engages the wider rugby community and offers practical support by engaging ex-service men and women to get involved in community rugby whether in administration, coaching or playing. The charity also engages the support of the professional rugby player network in various roles from mentoring, coaching and playing in charitable fixtures.
Patron Mike Tindall said; “The soldiers who served in the First World War gave the greatest sacrifice of their lives. It was a brutal war that claimed more than 9 million lives with an average of 6046 soldiers killed every day. We all owe a great debt of gratitude to remember the sacrifice of those men and women and those who fell and gave their lives fighting for peace and democracy. The Rugby For Heroes calendar commemorates those who fell in the service of Queen and country and will help make a difference in supporting our military. Please help us to help them.”
Proceeds from the Rugby for Heroes 2015 calendar will go directly towards helping those returning to civilian life from the Armed Forces.
Help us to help them by pre-ordering your calendar for only £10.00 including postage and packaging.