Premiership rugby team Exeter Chiefs has been recognised for the support they offer to the Armed Forces Community.
The Chief Executive and Chairman of the club, Tony Rowe, was presented with a Bronze Employer Recognition Scheme Award at the Armed Forces game held on Sunday 13th November.
A special service and minute silence was held before the game to mark Remembrance Sunday. Cadets from Devon Army Cadet Force were invited to attend the match and had the opportunity to carry the team shirt onto the pitch and take part in the service.
Each year the Exeter Chiefs hold a Service Day match which offers any serving members of the Armed Forces free entrance, if they can produce a valid and current ID card to club staff.
Earlier this year, Exeter Chiefs made a public declaration of their support to the defence community when they signed the Armed Forces Covenant on the first home game of the season against Saracens.
What is the Armed Forces Covenant?
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation, to those who serve or have served and their families, that they will not face disadvantage as a result of their service.
Businesses, from sole-trader to multinational, local authorities or charities, who wish to support the Armed Forces community can sign the Covenant and publicly declare their commitment.
Exeter Chiefs, who finished second in the Premiership last season, are among over 170 other South West employers who have signed the Covenant.
To find out more about how your organisation could benefit from pledging their support to the Armed Forces community contact the Regional Employer Engagement Director, Jon Beake on 01823 250110 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant visit www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk.