The Royal British Legion Sport Remembers the Somme 1916-2016
The Royal British Legion is calling on the nation’s professional and amateur sporting organisations, associations, clubs, teams and individuals to commemorate the role played by sportsmen on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.
The campaign, called Sport Remembers the Somme 1916-2016, was officially launched at The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers headquarters, Tower of London by sporting legends Sir Nick Faldo MBE, former world golf number one and six times Major Championship winner, England Rugby World Cup winner and former British Army officer Josh Lewsey MBE, England’s all-time record cap holder and former goalkeeper Peter Shilton OBE, Olympic gold medal winner Sally Gunnell OBE and former England cricket captain Mike Gatting OBE.
The Battle of the Somme, which ran from 01 July – 18 November 1916, was one of the most difficult and costly battles of the First World War. Athletes and players from sports at all levels had volunteered to enlist – sometimes en masse as an entire team and its supporters. The Legion is now encouraging professional and amateur sports to join in commemorative events during the Battle of the Somme anniversary.