6 Things You Won't Want To Miss At Armed Forces Fixture
Leeds Rhinos’ annual Armed Forces match day takes place next Friday at Emerald Headingley Stadium as the Rhinos take on Wakefield Trinity in the Betfred Super League on Friday 13th July, kick off 7.45pm.
Here are 6 things you won’t want to miss on match day:
- Military Vehicles & Royal Dragoon Guards
The Royal Dragoon Guards is an armoured cavalry regiment, whose soldiers use an arsenal of armoured vehicles to navigate all sorts of environments and terrains in search of enemy troops. Outside of their combat role, the regiment has provided mentoring to the Iraqi police force and carried out emergency fire and rescue cover during fire brigade strikes back home in the UK.
The Royal Dragoon Guards will be joining us on match day and will be bringing armoured vehicles including a CVR(t) tank and a panther patrol vehicle which will be on display for fans, as well as providing information on recruitment and the work that the Guards do for the British Army.
- Parachute Displays from Red Devils
Formed in 1964, the Red Devils are the official parachute display team of the British Army and The Parachute Regiment and will be entertaining Rhinos fans with spectacular parachute jumps into Emerald Headingley in the build up to the big game, landing on the pitch just minutes before kick off ready to welcome the teams.
The team of professional skydivers is made up of 15 full time serving paratroopers and perform over 350 tandem parachute descents and 60 public displays each year in the UK, including charity, military and sporting events.
- Yorkshire Volunteers Marching Band
The Yorkshire Volunteers band was formed back in 1860 and today forms an integral part of the Yorkshire Volunteers Regimental Association, performing throughout the UK and Europe in both concert and marching band formations. The band will be performing live on the Emerald Headingley pitch in the build up to the big game.
- Match Ball Delivery
The Super League match ball will be delivered by Simon Brown and James Simpson. Brown was a corporal in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in Iraq when he sustained facial injuries during a rescue mission in Basra. Simon lost his left eye and has only 20 per cent vision in his right. Brown is a Help for Heroes ambassador and has since joined Leeds Rhinos Foundation PDRL team scoring two tries in the local derby against Castleford Tigers PDRL back in May this year.
Simpson, a lifelong Rugby League fan, joined the Yorkshire Regiment 1st Battalion in 2001 and completed his training at Catterick. He undertook several overseas missions in his ten-year stint in the military from Central America to Iraq. In 2009, whilst in deployment in Afghanistan, James tripped an IED whilst on a routine patrol, causing life-changing injuries which saw him lose both of his legs, three fingers and the muscle from his right forearm. Following a lengthy recovery, Simpson’s role in Rugby League has gone from strength to strength with him now skippering the Leeds Rhinos Wheelchair team, leading his side to both to the WRL Challenge Cup and Grand Finals and being named joint England WRL captain in 2016.
- WW2 Jeep
The Yorkshire Military Vehicle Trust will be bringing a classic JEEP from the Second World War to display for fans. The Military Vehicle Trust is an international, charitable organisation with branches throughout the UK, dedicated to the conservation of ex military vehicles. Members look after and restore the whole range of ex military vehicles with both UK and overseas origins. Vehicles include the well known Jeep through to tanks, transporters, lorries, Land Rovers, motorbikes, the humble folding bicycle and range from pre First World War to the present day.
6. Kevin Sinfield MBE!
Kevin Sinfield MBE will be back at Emerald Headingley for his first home game in his new role as the Leeds Rhinos Director of Rugby! Come along and give the club’s most successful captain a warm welcome as he returns to the Rhinos to begin an exciting new chapter for the club.
How To Buy
Match tickets to the Armed Forces match are on general sale now with standing tickets available to purchase in the South Stand Terrace, Carnegie Terrace or West Terrace priced £10 for juniors*, £13 for concessions* and £20 for adults when purchased ahead of match day.
Buy online at tickets.therhinos.co.uk, over the phone with the Rhinos Ticket Office on 0371 423 1315 or in person at the Club Shop at Emerald Headingley Stadium.
*Juniors = 16 & under. Concessions = seniors 65 & over, students, disabled and under 21s on production of valid ID. Advance prices valid until midnight the day before the game and prices increase on match day by £2.