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Tonic for troops from sporting journalists

The Sports Journalists’ Association is offering free tickets for members of the armed forces at its annual awards ceremony in December.

Tickets for Troops is a charity set up a year ago by David Cameron to provide free tickets to major events for servicemen and women.

Now the organisation is being offered a free table at the SJA’s British Sports Awards on 8 December.

The event attracts a galaxy of superstars from the world of sport, with SJA members voting for their Sportsman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year and Team of the Year.

Last year the top awards went to F1 racing driver Jenson Button, who was Sportsman of the Year, Jessica Ennis, named Sportswoman of the Year and the England’s Women’s Cricket team which was voted Team of the Year.

As well as the free table, a portion of the price of every ticket for the 2010 awards will go towards Ticket for Troops.

Chairman of Tickets For Troops, Lord Marland said: “This is a wonderful gesture by the SJA especially as so many injured servicemen are trying to fight their way to full recovery through sport and physical activity.”

A spokesperson for the SJA said: “We are delighted to invite a squad of brave veterans to our event, to share in the celebration of a tremendous year for British sport. We sincerely hope that the troops who attend will enjoy our event.”