NHL ice hockey franchise the Philadelphia Flyers has unveiled a new community ticket grant programme to offer free passes to local non-profits.

Through this program, the Flyers will offer complimentary tickets to area non-profits to every home game at the 19,500-capacity Wells Fargo Center this season.

“We have formalised one of the Flyers most lasting traditions by setting aside an allotment of tickets to every home game for non-profits and their beneficiaries,” said Valerie Camillo, president of business operations, Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Center.

“This new initiative allows us to forge strong connections with our community partners, both new and existing, as well as to say thank you for their impactful contributions to Greater Philadelphia.”

Last month, the Flyers piloted the programme by providing tickets to their Warriors team, a non-profit affiliated with USA Hockey’s Warrior Hockey, dedicated to injured and disabled military veterans who have served their country

Brad Marsh, director of community development at Philadelphia Flyers, added: “The new ticket grant program was an incredible way to give back to a non-profit so close to our hearts and allow our team of veterans to enjoy the full Flyers game-day experience.”

Local organisations interested in the ticket grant programme can apply online and must hold registered status as an operating non-profit and may not monetise the tickets in any way, including re-sale, fundraising or auctions.

Earlier this week, the Flyers introduced an initiative to offer fans standing room tickets, which will be released on each NHL game-day.

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