The British Army football team is heading to Poprad, Slovakia.
They’ll take on their counterparts in the central European country during their visit next May.
It’s been organised to coincide with a visit by the All Star UK legends team, and it’s all taking place in the world’s first geo-thermal heated stadium,
The man who built it, businesman and philanthropist Jan Telensky, is paying for the cost of bringing the teams over and their accommodation, whilst the British Professional Football Association is paying £160,000 to provide the team
Paula Middlehurst asked him why the game was important to him.
A presentation took place at the Thongsbridge Army Cadet Unit on Thursday 4th April 2013.
After reading a report in the Huddersfield Examiner, Dr Jan Telensky, a generous supporter of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, replaced items of IT equipment stolen from the unit at the beginning of March.
Unfortunately, Dr Telensky was involved in a long traffic jam on his journey from Luton to Huddersfield and was unable to attend the presentation. His colleague Terry Butterworth made a short speech on his behalf and handed over the IT equipment to Mr Mick Wroe who presented the equipment to the Cadets in memory of his son Tom.
Mick Wroe handing over the donated IT equipment to Major Marren
Left to Right:- Lt Richard Keaveney - SMI Andrew Speight, Major Terry Butterworth (Rtd), Major Marren, Claire Wroe, Mick Wroe
C/Sgt Maurice Crossley, C/Sgt Dan Heneghan, SgtMajor Dave Nettleton, Lt Col Mike Wootton
Tom, a former Cadet from this Unit, was shot and fatally wounded by a rogue Afghan Local Policeman at Checkpoint Tora in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, on 15 September 2012. Mr Wroe, a former Sergeant in the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, was accompanied by his wife Claire and daughter Demi, who has now joined Thongsbridge Cadet Unit.
As part of the multi-million expansion of the co-educational school in Kent, BAM will deliver five new buildings and refurbish several more, bringing extra employment opportunities for people in the building construction sector.
Project director Rod Stiles said that BAM was particularly pleased to help the ‘historic’ school upgrade its facilities and provide work for local construction companies and trade professionals.
He said: “Most of the suppliers and construction workforce will be from Kent and our training programmes will continue to develop new local construction apprentices.”
The school, which became an “Academy with Military Traditions” in September 2010, will increase its capacity from 468 to 722 pupils and provide enhanced study and sport facilities.
BAM’s major project will include demolishing several blocks and building a sports hall, two two-storey teaching blocks and four two-storey junior boarding houses.
The construction firm confirmed today that further remodelling and repair work will take place across the school estate. The project builds on a thriving workload for BAM which in the last decade delivered buildings in Kent worth more than a third of a billion pounds.
Executive Principal, Chris Russell, said: “We are delighted that BAM has been selected to enhance our already extensive school site and facilities. This programme will ensure that the Duke of York’s Royal Military School will remain a leading state boarding academy for many years to come”.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at the end of the month was an opportunity for the ROG to show their gratitude to the Sovereign and to be presented their medals by Dr Jan Telensky, a friend of the Battalion.
Dr Telensky was given a tour of camp and soldiers of the ROG provided him with equipment demonstrations and briefings.
On parade the ROG were presented with their medals in front of their families and friends. In his speech Dr Telensky expressed his gratitude at being invited, his support for the Battalion and a few experiences of his own.
Exceptional drill and unusually fair weather provided a good spectacle for the crowd and the parade was followed by a family’s event and a chance to celebrate the day.
Reproduced with the kind permission of AKHBAR the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment