Carlisle United’s Community Sports Trust are delighted to announce that they are the proud recipients of the Armed Forces Covenant Bronze Award for 2018.
The award is in national recognition of the Trust’s continuing commitment to the Armed Forces, with activities conducted both locally, and further afield, which have helped to raise the profile of annual appeals and events held with the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.
CST manager John Halpin said: “We’re very proud to receive this award because we’ve built up a good relationship with the Armed Forces over the years.
“Obviously we support the British Legion Poppy Appeal every year, by selling poppies in town and with match day events with the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment and the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, and we regularly have members of all branches of the service helping us to deliver the match ball to the referee.
“I think we can all remember how magnificent it was to have the match ball flown into the stadium by an RAF Sea King helicopter a few years ago, and we also had the outreach team from Preston with us to help the lads with some pre-season training.
“It was good to take that a stage further by helping to run six-a-side competitions with the RAF as part of recruitment drive, and I know they had some success with signing up some prospective employees off the back of that.
“We are all very respectful and proud of the work our Armed Forces do, and it means a lot to us that we have such a good relationship with them. That’s why we’re so pleased to have been given this award.”