Get those running shoes on! Today we continue the LegionLive Spotlight series with a look at the role of sport within The Royal British Legion!
Sport has played an integral role in the Legion over the years, and has helped support the charity in a number of fantastic ways. Firstly it helps raise awareness; our national Rugby team have shown their support on numerous occasions by wearing Poppy adorned kits during international matches. Not only is it great to see our players showing their support but it gives the Legion great exposure on a global stage. It doesnât stop at rugby, though, with sports personalities across a wide range of disciplines always keen to get involved and show some Legion spirit. Early this year there was an auction for a signed England football shirt, which was another great way that sports personalities help out.
Secondly, sport gives all of our dedicated members (thatâs you!) opportunities to get involved in fundraising events for the Legion. There is Poppy Golf, Pedal 2 Paris, charity race days, fun runs, Jump 4 Heroes - you name it and you can bet thereâs someone running, jumping or swimming for the Legion! Thatâs the beauty of it all - you can join one of our established events or pick something completely new and organise it yourself! There are new regional sporting events supporting the Legion popping up all the time!
If youâre not feeling up to jumping out of a plane or a 300 mile cycle to Paris, there are some more sedate events to get involved in. How about organising an Honour Walk?Â A great way to raise money and support the Legion without breaking into a sweat!
There are so many great ways in which sport and the Legion come together in a mutually beneficial way, and I really canât thank you all enough for getting involved and raising vital funds and awareness for The Royal British Legion! Keep on running!