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SUPPORTING THE BRITISH ARMED FORCES

16/11/2017 15:22:00

Forcefield are proud to support the British Armed Forces.

By way of sponsorship, we provide high performance moto, snow and MTB gear to a number of clubs and associations whose members compete in a range of disciplines at events throughout the year.

We support teams from the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines, as well as ex-military (and civilian) members of the British Parasnowsport Team.

ROYAL AIR FORCE CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE RACING TEAM
(RAF Motorsports Association)
The RAF Classic Motorcycle Racing Team was formed in 2012 by 3 serving members of the Royal Air Force, each racing Honda MT125Rs.
The team is ever expanding with its most recent members bringing a Honda 350K4, Yamaha 400 and most recently a Yamaha 250 to the party.
The team race in the renowned Classic Racing Motorcycle Club (CRMC), which is the UK's largest Motorcycle Racing Club and also the World’s largest Classic Motorcycle Racing Club.
The club is non-territorial and competes all over the nation, including Scotland and Wales, with its biggest calendar event for the last 2 years being held at Donington Park.
This Classic 3 day meeting attracted 1000’s of spectators who came to see the competitive racing, famous historical machines and retired British and World Champions.

ROYAL NAVY/ROYAL MARINES DOWNHILL TEAM
(Royal Navy Royal Marines Cycling Association)
The club engages regularly with the other services to compete at events around the country in the following disciplines: Cross Country, MTB Marathons, Downhill, Gravity Enduro.
The Royal Navy/Royal Marines Downhill Team has a team of 10 riders, who compete at regional and national level events across the country, host training days and shred the hills.

ROYAL AIR FORCE SNOWBOARD TEAM
(RAF Snowboarding)
The RAF Snowboard Team is skilled in several disciplines, including slalom, freestyle and snowboard-cross.
Personnel are selected following assessment at several RAF Snowboard events, including the RAF Alpine Championships. Team members not only have to be suitably capable riders, but embrace the team ethos.
Riders will compete as individuals and often for their stations as the RAF Indoor and Alpine Championships, and then compete as individuals and as a team against the Army, Navy, Australian Defence Force and often the Police at the Inter-Service Championships that take place in Meribel in February.
Some members may be selected to represent the Combined Service Team at The Brits Championships in March.
RAF personnel have also subsequently gone on to represent Great Britain in the UK and Europe.

BRITISH PARASNOWSPORT TEAM
The British Parasnowsport Team is the British national para-alpine ski and para-snowboard team. 
Disability Snowsport UK manages British Parasnowsport and is recognised as the UK National Governing Body for disabled snowsports by the British Paralympic Association (BPA) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
The team is split into two squads - the Elite Team, training and competing on a full-time basis and the Development Squads – Adult and Youth - where the athletes work on a part-time basis.
Two of the athletes (and trailblazers of the team) Darren Swift and Owen Pick are ex-military personnel, they work tirelessly to inspire fellow amputees to try snowboarding.
Darren Swift: Darren was injured by an IRA bomb in May 1991 while serving with the Army’s Dog Unit in Belfast. Darren has been very active in encouraging other amputees to try snowboarding. 'Swifty' says he's happiest screaming down a mountain.
Owen Pick: Owen was 18 when his leg was blown off by an IED in Afghanistan. For 18 months he battled to save it but, in 2011, Owen made the tough choice to amputate his leg below the knee. From never having tried board sports, he is now a kick-ass wakeboarder and world class snowboarder. "I want to push myself to the limit and prove to other people with injuries that you can still do it no matter what."

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