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.

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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

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