All 72 Football League clubs will be taking part in the Football League’s ‘Help For Heroes’ week which runs from March 6th until March 14th.
The aim of the initiative is to raise awareness and much needed funds and to show support for the efforts and sacrifices of our Armed Forces.
‘Help For Heroes ‘ is the official charity partner of the Football League throughout the 2009/10 season and during this week all 72 clubs will be supporting the charity, with special events and collections.
All clubs will be involved with the following:
• Stage a designated Football for Heroes match at their home ground
• Provide a promotional photo featuring managers and players with Help for Heroes banners and balls
• Emerge from the tunnel behind a Help for Heroes banner
• The respective captains and the match officials will pose for a photo at kick-off with a Help for Heroes banner
• Both managers will wear Help for Heroes wristbands for the duration of the game
• The home team will sign a Football League Help for Heroes ball which will then be auctioned off for the charity
In addition to this, clubs across The Football League will also be holding bucket collections, providing discounted tickets for our heroes and staging cheque presentations from previous Help for Heroes games.
Lord Mawhinney, Chairman of The Football League said: “The contribution being made by our armed forces around the world is truly humbling. As a nation we do not thank them enough for the sacrifices they make. The Football for Heroes week will provide an excellent opportunity for supporters to show their appreciation for the outstanding work being done.”
If you were supporting at many of the League clubs on Saturday you may have already witnessed the collections and special events taking place. The Football for Heroes fixture list will continue this week at the following games:
Monday 8th March
Colchester United v. Brighton & Hove Albion
Tuesday 9th March
Bury v. Darlington (TBC)
Crystal Palace v. Bristol City
For more details of the charity and how you can help visit ‘Help For Heroes’ here.