Panthers flying high with the RAF

PETERBOROUGH Panthers have announced a sponsorship agreement with the Royal Air Force Careers Organisation for the 2009 season. The tie up sees the RAF join the Panthers as an Elite Partner and it is a partnership that Panthers Promoter Mick Bratley and Wing Commander Pat Carter from the RAF Careers Service are keen to explore to the fullest extent.

PETERBOROUGH Panthers have announced a sponsorship agreement with the Royal Air Force Careers Organisation for the 2009 season.

The tie up sees the RAF join the Panthers as an Elite Partner and it is a partnership that Panthers Promoter Mick Bratley and Wing Commander Pat Carter from the RAF Careers Service are keen to explore to the fullest extent.

Peterborough is within close proximity of several RAF bases, most significantly RAF Wittering which is close to Peterborough and where pilots train on the renowned Harrier aircraft. RAF Careers Outreach Teams for the East Midlands and East Anglia are also based at Wittering and work closely with the Armed Forces Careers Offices covering Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and parts of Hertfordshire.

The RAF teams visit schools, colleges and universities throughout the region advising students on the many opportunities available in the RAF promoting the challenging and dynamic lifestyle and the chance to make a difference wherever British forces are called to serve in the World.

Wing Commander Carter says that “Speedway is fast and exciting and the physical challenges of the sport appeal to the type of young people we are looking for. RAF lifestyle and the demands we face in the military require an attitude of rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck in. It is no place for shrinking violets.”

Promoter Bratley said: "We have many RAF air bases in our area and it is magnificent that the RAF approached us to form this partnership. They see speedway as an exciting form of entertainment with of course many young people attending who could possibly be recruits of the future.”