Sport Aberdeen pledges support

June 28, 2018

Sport Aberdeen signed the UK Armed Forces Covenant on Reserves Day, 27 June. 

In doing so it has made a commitment to support the country’s servicemen and women wherever and however it can and to ensure no member of the Armed Forces should suffer any disadvantage as a result of their service.

The signing – by Chairman Colin Taylor – took place in Aberdeen with the document co-signed on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) by Lt Col Matt Sheldrick, the commanding Officer of 7 SCOTS.

Sport Aberdeen’s commitments to honouring the Covenant include pledges to:

  • Promote the fact it is an Armed Forces-friendly organisation.
  • Seek to support the employment of veterans young and old and work with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), in order to establish a tailored employment pathway for Service Leavers.
  • Strive to support the employment of Service spouses and partners.
  • Endeavour to offer a degree of flexibility in granting leave for Service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment.
  • Seek to support employees who choose to be members of the Reserve Forces including by accommodating their training and deployment where possible.
  • Offering support to local cadet units, either in the local community or in local schools, where possible.
  • Aim to actively participate in Armed Forces Day.

Sport Aberdeen is an award-winning registered charity committed to creating opportunities, inspiring people and changing lives through sport and physical activity. Established in 2010, the organisation manages sport and physical activity services on behalf of Aberdeen City Council. Sport Aberdeen is the largest sport and leisure provider in the North-East.

The Covenant signing was organised by Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association and attended – along with the signatories – by the organisation’s Regional Employer Engagement Director Ron Macgregor, Aberdeen UOTC Commanding Officer Lt Col Geraint Davies and three of his officer cadets.

More than 2500 UK organisations have now signed the Armed Forces Covenant.

Colin Taylor and Lt Col Sheldrick with Sport Aberdeen staff and Lt Col Geraint Davies (CO Aberdeen UOTC) with three of his officer cadets.