Sports and Fundraising collide this October and November.

Since the now legendary football match that took place on Christmas Day in World War I, there’s been a strong link between the sporting world and the military. 

The dynamic that exists between team mates is very similar to the one that bonds members of a squad together, this perhaps explains why veterans so often find themselves drawn to sporting social groups when they reach their retirement.

Taking part in regular sports activities is a great way to stay social and keep in shape, whether it’s kicking a ball around for a couple of hours a week or simply joining a running club, it’s these kinds of activities that can really boost your confidence and overall happiness.

Thanks to this link between sports and the armed forces, each year there are numerous events that aim to help veterans. We’ve searched the internet to find some of the more obscure activities that you can either support or join yourself, as a veteran:

Muang Thai Marathon

Running a marathon is no easy task, running a marathon in 30 degree heat is a challenge that not many would undertake lightly. Nevertheless, Kamonwan Fenn will be running the Muang Thai Marathon in Bangkok for Help 4 Forgotten Allies, a small scale charity that sends all their funds to help a dwindling collection of Thai veterans and widows from World War II. Kamonwan’s late husband, Mark Fenn, was a successful journalist and supporter of the charity, she’ll be running the Marathon as a dedication to him.

Where? Muang Thai, Thailand When? 8 October 2017

More info at: http://www.h4fa.org.uk/

Vetrov Epee

Many veterans like to get involved with a sport after they leave the forces and some of them even try to remain fighters! There’s a thriving Fencing scene throughout the UK and for those that have also served in the armed forces, there’s the opportunity for competing internationally this year in Russia. Small bands of veteran fencers will be making the trip out to St. Petersburg this November, so if you’ve not made plans for Remembrance Sunday, you could consider making a trip out to support them!

Where? Saint-Petersburg When? 4-5 November 2017

More info at: http://www.veterans-fencing.co.uk/events/vetrov2017.pdf

Kerala Trek

Blind Veterans UK always have an exciting calendar of charity challenges and events on their schedule, this one stands out for it’s gruelling distance and stunning environment. This 10-day trek takes challengers through the South Indian region of Kerala, past tea plantations, villages and paddy fields, before ending on the sandy coast line. In order to take part, you’ll need to pay a registration fee of £299 and raise sponsorship of £3450 – be warned though, this is a demanding trek that is not for the fainthearted!

Where? Kerala, India When? 18-27 November 2017

More info at: https://www.blindveterans.org.uk/what-you-can-do/events-calendar/kerala-trek/

Level 2 Coaching Qualifications

Have you ever fancied yourself as a football coach? Sporting Force have teamed up with Sheffield United and the Royal British Legion to provide a 5 day training week that will arm veterans with the qualification which could feasibly see ex-servicemen employed as future coaches in sport clubs or primary school settings. Although the qualification is a general sports one, the training will be focused on football and should give the veterans a good opportunity to learn some invaluable skills. There are only 16 places available, but those who fail to get in the first time will be put on a list for the second phase in February 2018.

Where? Phoenix House, Catterick When? 27th November 2017

More info at: http://www.sportingforce.org.uk/b/level-2-coaching-qualification