Sport, the armed services and The HAC
Sport has always played an important role in the armed services and the Honourable Artillery Company is no exception. The sports clubs run by The HAC include rugby, football, cricket, saddle, rifle, yacht and squash. Some of the clubs’ origins date all the way back to 1725 and matches have been played on the grounds since then and still take place today.
Team building and confidence
Playing sport in a team is undoubtedly a great way to help build relationships and create bonds. Whether you win or lose, the coming together of a group of people with a common goal can do wonders for morale. And there is nowhere else that can be more beneficial than in the armed services.
Sports teams from the Army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force regularly compete against each other and civilian teams. Not only is this hugely advantageous for team building, it also helps personnel maintain a high level of physical fitness which is imperative to their jobs.
Another important role sport plays in the armed services is provided through its specialist division, Battle Back. Created for service men and women who have suffered life-altering injuries or sickness, Battle Back trains individuals in team sports and adventurous pursuits to help with their rehabilitation. The activities are designed to build confidence, increase motivation and aid recovery.
Sport at the HAC
The Artillery Garden at The HAC is home to the Company’s cricket club from April-September and during the winter months rugby and football matches are hosted. In between these sporting fixtures the grounds are available to hire for other sports matches, corporate team building days, parties and weddings. With five acres of lawns at its disposal, it’s one of the City’s largest green spaces available for private hire.
The largest sporting event held in the Artillery Gardens is the annual Great City Race which sees over 5,000 runners complete 5K around the streets of the City. The area is closed off to traffic and has become a much-anticipated local event. It’s a fabulous example of how a sporting fixture can bring a community together and have a hugely positive impact on its participants and supporters.
This year we’ll host dozens of sporting fixtures but there are two very special cricket matches we’re particularly looking forward to. Both are run by charities, The Sick Children’s Trust and The Soldiers’ Charity. The matches themselves will be played by teams boasting members including sporting legends like Mark Ramprakash and Matthew Hoggard. The days will conclude with a fabulous gala dinner and hopefully, lots of money will be raised for two great causes.
The Prince Consort Rooms at the HAC offer the perfect option for organisers wanting to hold a sporting event and accompanying entertainment or dining. During June, July, November and December there is also a huge marquee supplied by Ultimate Experience.
Get in touch
Whatever sporting event you’re planning, give our Events Team a call to discuss how it could work at the HAC. From football tournaments to It’s a Knock Out-style corporate days out, we can accommodate your needs. You can reach us on 020 7382 1533.