Manchester United signs up to Armed Forces covenant

Wednesday 16 November 2022 15:05

Manchester United is proud to sign up to the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant following a week when the club honoured those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

All United teams paid their respects at matches throughout last week which culminated at Craven Cottage on Remembrance Sunday afternoon– the final men’s match before the break for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

The signing of the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant is the latest initiative by the club to support the Armed Forces community, aimed at kicking unfairness towards the military out of football.
Military personnel were present at our Under-21s' match against Monaco on Friday 11 November: Able Rate Lee Moore from the Royal Navy, Captain David Barton and Sgt David Pickles from British Army and Flight Sgt Mick Brooks from Royal Air Force.

The Covenant is a commitment by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly and provided with opportunity to access work after they leave the armed forces.

At last week’s Carabao Cup game against Aston Villa at Old Trafford, both managers laid wreaths and the famous stadium fell silent prior to kick-off as Manchester United remembered the contribution of fallen servicemen and women.

United's iconic red shirt has proudly displayed the iconic Poppy symbol throughout the remembrance period and the match-worn shirts will now be auctioned to raise money for the Royal British Legion.

Collette Roche, Manchester United’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “Manchester United has always been proud of our support for the Armed Forces and our signing of this Covenant is a clear demonstration of United’s commitment to our promise.

“The Carabao Cup game at Old Trafford on the eve of Remembrance Day gave our fans the opportunity to honour those who gave their lives for our country, and we know that millions more across the UK and elsewhere around the world will have shared those sentiments.”

Victoria Doran, MOD Regional Employer Engagement Director for Greater Manchester, said: “It is fantastic to see Manchester United Football Club signing the covenant and pledging their support. 

“They are the second Premier League Club to have done so. Manchester United has a real desire to excel in all they do, and I am excited to see how they develop their support. On behalf of the defence community across the region, we are very thankful.”



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