EMERGENCY service workers are to receive free tickets to Premier League and Women’s Super League matches.

Brighton and Hove Albion are giving away more than 1,000 Premier League and 500 Women’s Super League match tickets to NHS staff and emergency service workers this season.

Last year, the club committed to giving away 1,000 free tickets once the season resumed with fans.

But Albion has increased the number of available tickets, with an additional 500 tickets having also been donated by the club to enable other emergency service workers the chance to apply to get their hands on the free tickets.

Albion men’s first-team head coach Graham Potter said: “We are hugely grateful to the amazing work our emergency services undertake and never more so than the previous 18 months.

The Argus: Brighton and Hove Albion manager Graham PotterBrighton and Hove Albion manager Graham Potter

"As a club we have shown our gratitude and support wherever we can, and we are delighted to be able to offer these tickets.”

Women’s first-team manager Hope Powell said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming fans back into stadiums for the new season, and I am delighted we, as a club, can show a small token of our appreciation to those emergency services heroes.”

Emergency service and NHS workers can sign up to Blue Light Tickets and apply for the tickets now.

Partnerships and operations manager at Blue Light Tickets Will Campbell-Lamerton said the return of the Premier League will feel even more exciting this year with fans once again able to show their support from the stands.

“The UK’s NHS and emergency workers have been the true heroes of the pandemic in the last 18 months,” he said.

“It’s thanks to their tremendous efforts to support the vaccine roll out that restrictions are now able to be lifted, and the whole nation owes them a great deal of thanks.

“It’s fantastic to be partnering with Brighton & Hove Albion to show our thanks by giving fans the chance to watch their football team for free.”

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