Vets "Super Sunday" sees Bassett face RAF FA in charity match

Saturday 14 April 2018 - by Stuart Smedley (Updated on 22 April 2018 at 21:46)

Royal Wootton Bassett Town Veterans welcome their RAF FA equivalents to the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground on Sunday 29th April in a charity match raising funds for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Kick off for the game, the second of three matches on what is being billed as the "Veterans' "Super Sunday", is 12.30pm and entry is free, though any charitable donations will be gratefully accepted.

Prior to that match, Bassett's Friday Night Vets Football team will face Bays Vets FC (10.30am kick off), while the Over 50s side take on Chippenham Yard Dogs afterwards (2.30pm kick off).

The charity contest is the latest in a programme of fundraising fixtures the RAF FA Veterans have been playing in celebration of the Royal Air Force's centenary year.

This began in Scotland last August, with a match against a Highland League Veterans Select XI, and has since seen them play eleven other fixtures prior to the game against Bassett.

Included in their schedule have been contests against the England Veterans FA at the Football Association's St George's Park base, their Army and Navy equivalents as well as a tournament at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus.

So far, their efforts have brought in close to £6,000, with an overall target of £10,000.

As well as being accepted on the day, donations can be made on the JustGiving page that the RAF FA have set up.

This will not be the first time the teams have met as Bassett played the RAF FA in a friendly last April, losing 3-0.

And while the result this time around will be secondary to the aim of raising money for an outstanding cause, they will be hoping to improve on that outcome.

Bassett will be confident of doing so too, having recently finished as runners-up in the Wiltshire FA Veterans Flexi League.

-

As a club, we are always proud to help build on the close ties between Royal Wootton Bassett and the armed forces, in particular the Royal Air Force.

Given the proximity to Lyneham, numerous individuals linked with the RAF – be they serving in the air force or their family members – have played, coached or volunteered for Bassett over the years.

And, in keeping with the town's motto – "We honour those who serve" - we hope hosting this charity match is a fitting way of showing our appreciation for everything the RAF have done for our town and country.

It would therefore be great to see a large crowd for what should be an entertaining day, with three games played in a fantastic spirit for an outstanding cause. A barbecue and bouncy castle are also being planned.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Vets

Recent Headlines

This week

Bingo Fundraiser (24/04)

Teams seeking players for next season (23/04)

This month

Under 15 Blues crowned County Cup kings (22/04)

Under 13 Blues seal title (19/04)

Ladies earn valuable point in Swindon stalemate (19/04)

Treble-chasing Under 15 Blues aim for County Cup crown (17/04)

A triumphant weekend (15/04)

Keeper heroics thwart Ladies' County Cup bid (15/04)

Vets "Super Sunday" sees Bassett face RAF FA in charity match (14/04)

Silverware up for grabs as Bassett host series of finals (09/04)

Ladies shoot for County Cup glory (09/04)

Bassett to the four (08/04)

Ladies cede ground in title race (08/04)

Home campaign ends in defeat (07/04)

Holland Tour 2018 (06/04)

Older

Youthful Bassett make rampant Robins work hard for latest victory (31/03)

Extra time hero Saunders sends Under 15 Blues into cup final (25/03)

Honours even as title challengers meet (25/03)

Collier stunner brings slumps to an end (24/03)

Youth section pair gear up for Cup semi finals (21/03)

Holland Tour Information Evening (20/03)

Free Saturday Skills Sessions (20/03)

Late collapse leads to another heavy defeat (20/03)

Pedal power adds to Holland Tour fundraising total (19/03)

Under 13s enjoy winning weekend (11/03)

Magnificent seven sends Ladies into County Cup final (11/03)

Late drama delivers deserved point (10/03)

Soccer Skills Academy Easter Holiday Camp (27/02)

Five-star U12s banish their winter Blues (25/02)

Second half surge makes it a lucky 13 (25/02)

Vets through to People's Cup semi finals (24/02)

Slump continues at bottom side Burnham (24/02)

Vets finish as Winter Flexi League runners-up (21/02)

Hit for six (20/02)

Players sought for next season's Under 7s (19/02)

Mixed fortunes (18/02)

A perfect dozen (18/02)

Pointless run comes to an end (17/02)

Fairford inflict Valentine's Day humiliation (14/02)

Off the mark! (11/02)

Highway to Holland (11/02)

Bassett into Floodlit Cup last eight (07/02)

Free Saturday Skills Sessions (04/02)

Turnaround topples league leaders (04/02)

Ladies strike it Rich early in eleventh straight win (04/02)

Ladies strike it Rich early in eleventh straight win (04/02)

Holland Tour Bingo Fundraiser (04/02)

Clinical finishing condemns Bassett (03/02)

Defensive strength inspires victories (28/01)

Bassett make first team management change (21/01)