Q. What is Battle of the Badges?
A. Battle of the Badges is a charity football match between staff members of Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Each team will include 11 players and four subs, playing two 45-minute halves with a 20-minute interval in between.
Q. Where and when will the match take place?
A. The match will take place at 2pm on Saturday 30th June at the Balmoral Stadium, the new home of Cove Rangers.
Q. Who are the players?
A. There are 30 players taking part in Battle of the Badges – 15 each from Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Keep your eyes peeled for the official line-up announcement coming soon.
Q. Who are the mascots?
A. We have 30 mascots taking part in Battle of the Badges. All are mascots are current or former patients of the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital who benefit from the facilities and services provided by The ARCHIE Foundation.
Q. What will the money raised be spent on?
A. Players and mascots will be fundraising to take part in Battle of the Badges and this money, along with money from ticket sales and sponsors, will be used to support the work of The ARCHIE Foundation at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital. This includes funding specially trained paediatric staff (e.g. the Paediatric Pain Specialist Nurse), providing advanced medical equipment, funding staff training, purchasing toys and games for patients, and providing emergency grants to support parents and families while they are in hospital.
Q. Can you claim Gift Aid from my ticket?
A. Unfortunately we are unable to claim Gift Aid from the purchase of items or services, which includes the sales of tickets to Battle of the Badges. However if you would like to sponsor a player/mascot/team through JustGiving we are able to claim Gift Aid on eligible donations.
Q. Can children attend the match?
A. Children are welcome to attend the match provided they have their own ticket and they are accompanied by a responsible adult. Children under the age of 5 can attend the match free of charge, but must have a free child ticket to enter the stadium. These are available to purchase here.
Q. Are seats available?
A. There are a limited number of seats available for spectators. If you would like to purchase a seated ticket for the match please contact us. Please note priority for seated tickets will be given to elderly and disabled spectators.
Q. How can I donate money to a player/mascot/team?
A. You can donate to your preferred team by clicking the following links for Team Police and Team Fire. If you would like to donate to an individual player or mascot, their fundraising page will be available shortly.
Q. Can I volunteer to help on the day?
A. Yes, we would be delighted to have your support to make sure the day runs smoothly. Please contact us to register your interest in volunteering.
Q. Can my business advertise at the match?
A. Yes, we will be distributing a match-day programme which offers half-page and full-page advertising space. Please contact us for more information and prices.