The Army has unrivalled opportunities for sport and Army Reserve soldiers are encouraged to play sport. There are a number of Secretaries who organise Army Reserve sport for football, rugby union, hockey, netball, swimming, boxing, squash, cricket, basketball and volleyball. There are some other sports that are run by unit level volunteers including orienteering, target shooting, alpine and nordic skiing, cresta and polo. The remaining Army sports are organized by volunteer Regular Army Secretaries and Reservists are welcome to participate in these.
What sports are available and who do I contact? Regular and Reserve sports Secretaries are contactable under Sports Contacts tab.
Am I Eligible to Play Sport? Unit programmed or representative1 sport is a duty. Army Reserve personnel are eligible to play for Regular or Reserve teams at all levels. A recent change also allows Army Reserve personnel to represent Single Services at Inter Service competitions.
What Sports Facilities Can I Use? Army Reserve personnel in possession of a service ID card are entitled to use any Army sports facilities.
Why does my unit not have a team strip or equipment for my sport? Every major Reserve unit now gets an annual Sports Equipment Public Funding grant to fund clothing and equipment for sports teams. Also see alternative Funding Sources tab.
Why Have Separate Reserve Sport? Some Regular Army sport is organised at weekends but the majority is organised during the week. Reservists are entering individual competitions, but it is impractical for Reserve units to enter team competitions. Thus those sports with a Reserve Secretary will generally organise weekend sport.
What can I do if my Unit does not play my sport? Often there are insufficient players to produce a team or your unit simply does not play your sport. In order to maximise participation, units and individuals are encouraged, through the respective sport’s secretary or organiser to consider:
Affiliation. If the sport is not played within one’s own unit, one or several players can elect to be affiliated to another army reserve or regular unit.
Amalgamation. A detachment or unit may wish to pool its sporting talent with another unit to form a team.
What if my unit says that it has insufficient MTDs to play sport? Sport is a core activity 2 and personnel engaged in unit programmed or representative sports 3 are on duty. If affordable, personnel taking part in organised and programmed sport should be paid. 4 Your unit should seek authority to overspend if their budget is insufficient to deliver sport.
How do I join the Army Sports Lottery? All Army Reservists are encouraged to join the Army Sports Lottery. One ticket in each weekly draw costs £39.00 per year, the equivalent of just 75p per week. The weekly prize fund is £25k with a top prize of £10k. Members can also apply for grants. A recent initiative has allowed Army Reserve personnel to join more easily by completing an online Direct Debit. More details are at the Army Sports Lottery tab.
I want to go on an overseas sports visit but cannot afford it? You should join the Army Sports Lottery as members can apply for a grant of up to £500. The procedure for organizing an overseas visit is at the Publications tab.
How do I organise sport in my unit? Seek agreement from your chain of command and then compile an Admin Instruction to let everyone know that it is official. If it is not part of the unit’s routine training programme, those participating must be published on Unit Part 1 Orders.
Still have an unanswered question? If your unit chain of command cannot answer it, contact the Secretary Army Reserve Sport, Maj John Chick, by email with your query at firstname.lastname@example.org.