Much like the Army, sports are all about teamwork, fitness, friendship and enjoying yourself. Not to mention a great way to let off some steam, relax and have some fun. Serving soldiers get the chance to experience these sports and compete at a level that matches their ability. This could be as novice just starting out, or as a professional athlete. In-fact the Army runs an elite sports programme for soldiers who have the ability to compete at a professional level. Did you know that a number of the UK’s leading sports stars have trained and developed into top athletes whilst serving in the British Army? Notable stars include:
- Heather Stanning OBE won rowing Gold at the 2012 & 2016 Olympics.
- Dame Kelly Holmes won double athletics Gold at the 2004 Olympics.
- Josh Lewsey MBE was part of the England squad that won the 2003 Rugby World Cup.
- Kriss Akabusi MBE who won Sliver & Bronze medals at the 1984 & 1992 Olympics. Plus, Gold at the 1991 World Athletics Championship.
Involvement in any sport is encouraged and the Inter-Army competitions give soldiers the chance to represent their Corps (a Corps is a particular part of the Army you belong to, much like a House in a school). Not a lot of people know that the Royal Engineers Corps won the FA Cup way back in 1875!
Find out more: More information on the range of Army Sports can be found on the official Army Sport Control Board website – this is the organisation that runs all of the competitions, they also administer funding for serving elite athletes: Army Sport Control Board
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