Hull FC will show their support to their close charity partners next month in the club’s official Charity Week, which will now include a special edition Armed Forces strip available from today.
The first week of July is Hull FC’s official Charity Week, including their Armed Forces Fixture against Wakefield Wildcats and their "FAB – Flying with the Airlie Birds" match for Yorkshire Air Ambulance against Huddersfield Giants.
A host of activity is planned throughout the week, with the highlight being a specially commissioned Armed Forces camouflage strip that will be worn by the first team that week.
The brand new design infuses the club’s traditional irregular hoops with a unique Black and White camouflage effect with a contribution from each shirt being split between the club’s official charity programme "FAB – Flying with the Airlie Birds" and long-standing partner Phoenix House, the personal recovery centre for injured servicemen and women at Catterick Garrison.
The limited edition shirt and charity week concept is borne on the back of a hugely successful Armed Forces Day last year, which also included a special military branded shirt being worn for a competitive fixture and this year the club will go one better.
The full week of events in support of both charity partners will include school activity, displays and match day events, whilst the first team squad will also prepare for the week with a special training camp at Catterick Garrison.
Hull FC owner Adam Pearson said, “Charity Week is an exciting concept and one that will allow not only the club but all of Hull the opportunity to show our support for the outstanding work of our charity partners with national exposure.
“The branded shirt proved hugely popular last year so we have introduced this again and it’s the perfect way to showcase the event and help raise money for both causes.
“We appreciate that this could be the fourth shirt our supporters have bought this season and that money is tight, but we couldn’t ignore demand and let this unique opportunity pass without doing something to play our part in the fine work of those at Phoenix House and the lifesaving dedication of the team at Yorkshire Air Ambulance.”
The limited-edition shirt will be available to pre-order from 9am this morning at the KC Stadium retail store or online from www.hullfcshop.com, with supporters warned there will be a strictly limited number of shirts available on a pre-order basis only.
The shirts, which make an ideal Father’s Day gift, are priced at £47 for adult and ladies sizes, or £38 for children, with servicemen and women showing their Armed Forces ID at the till when ordering receiving their shirt for £39 as part of another gesture from the club.
Hull FC’s Head of Retail and Operations, Lee Jenkinson, also added, “The demand has been very high since we produced our first camouflage strip and this year we have managed to incorporate the distinctive irregular hoops that our supporters love
“It’s a great way to help celebrate our charity week and we must also thank the RFL and our kit manufacturer ISC who have supported the concept and helped us deliver a fitting tribute to our charity partners, particularly to the Armed Forces to whom we all owe so much.”
The shirts will be available for collection in the week before Hull FC take on Wakefield on Monday, July 1, kick-off 7.45pm, with a delivery option also available with the club endeavouring to post all shirts in time for fans to receive them prior to the match.