The National League and the British Army will face each other in three matches played simultaneously across the country on Wednesday 29 March. Players will be selected from North and South clubs.
In partnership with National League sponsors Vanarama and artificial sports turf specialists S&C Slatter Ltd, the matches will be played at Harrogate Town, Tamworth and Eastbourne Borough to strengthen existing ties between the National League and the British Army and enhance community relationships with Army units in the three locations.
Kick-off at Wetherby Road, The Lamb and Priory Lane will be 7.45pm. Admission for adults is just £5 including a match programme, with all senior citizens and juniors admitted free of charge.
Brian Barwick, Chairman of The National League, said: “This is an innovative approach and we are pleased that with the cooperation of our member clubs we will be able to consolidate the relationships we have collectively and individually with the Army. We look forward to three enjoyable encounters on the field and meeting up on the evening in three different parts of the country, thus enabling fans to come and support these matches. Our grateful thanks are extended to everyone who is working to make each a success.”
Major General Mitch Mitchell, Chairman of the Army FA, endorsed those comments by saying: “Over the last two years the support of The National League itself, along with their member clubs and their title sponsors Vanarama, has allowed us to forge new links in communities wherever we are based and to assist personnel leaving to return to their working community. These links grow daily for the benefit of all concerned and these three matches will cement even further the ties existing. The Army FA is pleased to join in this venture and hope that it will attract a good following both military and civilian on 29th March. We have strong community connections with the three venues chosen.”