Sport can provide a wide range of physical, psychological, and social benefits to many veterans that are wounded, injured or sick. Engaging in competitive and cooperative activities is often the first step in developing confidence at the start of the recovery process.
The Battle Back Centre at Lilleshaw
Funded by The Royal British Legion as part of the Defence Recovery Capability programme, the Battle Back Centre at Lilleshaw provides adaptive sports and adventure opportunities for wounded or injured veterans to help with their recovery.
The activities, led by world-class coaches aims to rebuild confidence through a productive, cooperative and competitive atmosphere. The centre includes accommodation for up to 24 people, and hosts activities such as water sports, climbing, wheelchair basketball, caving, archery and clay pigeon shooting.
How can I attend?
If you would like to attend a course at the Battle Back Centre as part of your recovery, contact your unit welfare or personnel recovery officer.
For more information, contact Battle Back staff on 0195 281 5673 or visit The Royal British Legion website.
The Help for Heroes Sports Recovery programme
Help for Heroes runs three distinct pathways within their Sports Recovery programme:
Help for Heroes' recreational pathway is open to all wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans. By developing close relationships with community-based sports programmes, military and civilian clubs and associations, Help for Heroes can provide activities as diverse as ice sledge hockey and carriage driving. These engaging events run in addition to the daily exercise classes and sessions.
Employment, Education and Training
For those who are looking for a career in sport or further training, there are plenty of options available. For example, the personal trainer course allows veterans to progress from recreational motorsports events to finding employment in the motorsports industry.
Through unique collaboration with key partners, Help for Heroes delivers a bespoke talent identification programme across Paralympic sports. Once someone shows talent for a particular sport, they can be nominated by their National Governing Body (NGB) to join the Help for Heroes Sports Academy. This provides the athlete access to a bespoke support package, which includes grant funding for specialist equipment, links to top coaches, help with specialist sports science, and media education.
Other events supported by Help for Heroes include the Invictus Games, Race Across America, the Paralympic Inspiration Programme and Arch to Arc.
How can I take part?
For further information about the pathway programmes, events and support, contact Help for Heroes:
The Forces' Motorsport Charity provides opportunities in motorsport and is the official provider of disabled and adaptive sport to those in need from the Service and Veterans' communities. It is run by veterans, serving personnel and automotive professionals, and aims to aid the recovery and rehabilitation of those affected by military operations. It provides wide-ranging opportunities to race, retrain and recover through motorsport.