Glasgow 7s discount for Armed Forces

All members of the armed forces will have access to a special ticket offer for a top-class international sporting event that comes to Glasgow next month.

Members of the Royal Navy, Army, and RAF will receive 40% off their booking to the eighth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series – the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May at Scotstoun Stadium.

Scottish Rugby’s director of commercial operations, communications and public affairs, Dominic McKay, said: “We’re delighted to offer our servicemen and women a discounted rate for the next leg of the Sevens World Series at Scotstoun.

“Coming from a military family myself I’ve seen the fantastic work our armed forces do both at home and abroad and it’s fitting to provide them with discounted tickets at nearly half the price.“

40% off for armed forcesColonel Philip Bates, Commander Edinburgh Garrison, said: “This ticket offer is a continuation of the good relationship the armed forces and Scottish Rugby have and follows on from the day last autumn that we dedicated to the armed forces at the Scotland v South Africa EMC Test match.

“We see that the aims, ideals and values of Scottish Rugby are very much in line with those of the services, therefore we’re delighted to work with Scottish Rugby to give something back to the military.“

40% off for all military

In order to access the discount each unit has been sent a promo code to submit when booking tickets through the Glasgow 7s website, or Scottish Rugby’s 24 hour ticket hotline, 0844 335 3933.

Scottish Rugby and the armed forces regularly work together on international match days, be it through the delivery of the match ball or the firing of the gun.

However, at this year’s Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s they will be bidding farewell to the RAF’s sevens team, The RAF Spitfires, on an epic journey from Scotstoun to Twickenham.

On Saturday 4 May the team will set off by bike from the centre of the pitch and make their way south to Twickenham where they hope to arrive one week later for the final leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

En route, they will run a training session with Leicester Tigers at Welford Road and have a day’s cycling with former England cap, Rory Underwood.

RAF cycle from Scotstoun to Twickenham

The team will be raising money for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and Khelo Rugby – a charity that uses rugby to develop children’s communities in India and Afghanistan.

Wing Commander, Blythe Crawford, said: “Rugby sevens is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK, particularly with its endorsement as an Olympic Sport from 2016.

“Our cycle is a team building exercise organised to raise money for charity, we also hope it will be an opportunity to promote the game throughout Britain, so we’ll be stopping at various locations on our journey to showcase it.

“Hopefully by the time we get to London our charity pot will be full, many more people will be aware of rugby sevens and the saddle ache will all be worth it.”

Notes to editors

Notes to editors

Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s

Scotland are hosting the penultimate leg of the circuit, for a second year, at The Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s, which will take place at Scotstoun Stadium on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May 2013.

The Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s is part of the HSBC Sevens World Series.  The event, led by Scottish Rugby, is a partnership with Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Council, the Scottish Government and Event Scotland with the assistance of sportscotland and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau:

  • The HSBC Sevens World Series is a globally recognised event featuring 16 international teams and visiting cities across the world.
  • Glasgow joins the Gold Coast, Dubai, Port Elizabeth, Wellington, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and London in hosting the competition between 2012 and 2014.
  • Scotstoun Stadium will host 30,000 fans over two days of competition in the penultimate leg of the series.
  • Glasgow is the host city of the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the HSBC Sevens World Series is a key part in creating a legacy for the games.