By Gary Anderson

Members of the Armed Forces are being offered free tickets to a number of events at Glasgow 2014 ©Getty Images Organisers of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have announced that up to 3,000 men and women serving with the Armed Forces will be granted free access to events next month as part of what are being described as "goodwill initiatives".

Members of the Armed Forces from across the United Kingdom will be offered tickets to watch badminton, boxing, rugby sevens, squash, weighlifting and powerlifting as part of an overall ticketing programme that will see 20,000 free tickets handed out.

Earlier this week, 5,000 free tickets were made available to children from disadvantaged backgrounds through the Gift of the Games scheme allowing them to attend sessions at the Games which run from July 23 to August 3.

Tickets have also been provided by Legacy 2014 to community and voluntary groups who have contributed to the build-up to the event.

"Through the goodwill programme Glasgow 2014 is committed to connecting as many people as possible to the thrilling and positive experience of world-class sport which we're proud to be hosting in Glasgow and Scotland next month," said chief executive of Glasgow 2014 David Grevemberg.

"We appreciate the contribution servicemen and women make every day and we value very much the support of Scotland's business community and our sponsors which makes it possible for us to make them part of our sporting celebrations."

Members of the Armed Forces are being offered tickets for the rugby sevens competition taking place at Ibrox Stadium ©Getty Images Members of the Armed Forces are being offered tickets for the rugby sevens competition taking place at Ibrox Stadium ©Getty Images

Armed Forces personnel will be allocated tickets through the Ticket for Troops charity which was set up in 2009 to recognise the servicemen and women who spend months away from their families and need to be available to serve at short notice and to recognise their commitment, drive and dedication.

The charity has over 140,000 members of the military registered and has distributed over 500,000 tickets for events including international England football matches, domestic rugby matches in the Aviva Premiership as well as cricket, darts, horse-racing and snooker events.

Lord Marland, the charity's chairman, said: "I am delighted that the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is supporting our brave servicemen and women.

"Troops and their families will be able to enjoy watching world-class competition from top level sportsmen and women whilst enjoying some much deserved time off from duty."

Tickets are available on the Tickets for Troops website to troops who are currently serving or who have been medically discharged since 2001.

A similar scheme operated during London 2012 for the Olympics and Paralympics. 

Despite organisers indicating that record ticket sales have been recorded for Glasgow 2014, there are still tickets available to buy for a number of sessions across the 13 venues being used for the Games next month, as well as for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Tickets can be bought by clicking here.

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