Bideford’s Robins earn their stripes

BIDEFORD Football Club has entered the new season with the full might of the British Army behind them. The North Devon Army Recruitment Office is sponsoring the team s campaign in the Toolstation Western Premier League and has provided Army tracksuits for

BIDEFORD Football Club has entered the new season with the full might of the British Army behind them.

The North Devon Army Recruitment Office is sponsoring the team's campaign in the Toolstation Western Premier League and has provided Army tracksuits for all the players. The Barnstaple-based office has also signed-up as match day sponsors for two games.

Sgt Gilly Gilmour, said: "The Army encourages all-round physical fitness and it's great to have this opportunity to support one of our top local teams.

"There are plenty of opportunities to take part in all sorts of sports in the Army, from football to rugby and hockey to individual sports such as kayaking. We wish the Robins every success for this year's season and the Army will be cheering them on at every stage."


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Roy Portch, chairman of Bideford AFC said: "We are very pleased that the Army has come on board and appreciate the support they are giving us."

Bideford AFC has also allowed the recruitment team to hold the inaugural Army Schools Football Challenge Day at the Sports Ground on Wednesday September 16, when schools from across North Devon will compete in a one day tournament.

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Roy Portch added: "It's great to be able to support this Army initiative. We are happy to back anything that helps increase young people's physical fitness and their footballing skills."

The Army offers a wide range of skills, from learning to drive and group management techniques through to NVQs and Modern Apprenticeship qualifications for a variety of jobs. Careers cover a wide range of professions and skills from chefs to vets, from dentists to police officers, musicians to postal workers, drivers to accountants, linguists to chaplains.

Young people who want more information on the range of 140 jobs the modern British Army has to offer can visit a Junior Entry Day for pupils on Saturday, October 27. The event, at the TA Centre, Oakleigh Road, Barnstaple, from 9am to 3.30pm will give students and their parents the chance to meet soldiers and learn about possible careers in the Army.

For more information about a career in the Army, telephone the local Army Careers Information Office on 01271 373737 or log on to www.armyjobs.mod.uk

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