Ten wounded, injured and sick military personnel have been named on the Help for Heroes teams that will play an exhibition match at the BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge on Thursday 15th October at the Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.
The group have been training at Help for Heroes Recovery Centres as part of the charity’s Sports Recovery programme. The team will be joined by surprise guests on the court.
Martin Colclough, Head of Sports Recovery at Help for Heroes said: “The BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge is set to be a fantastic event, our beneficiaries are very much looking forward to getting out on court to show the public just how much they get out of playing this incredible sport. This is a fantastic opportunity and we are extremely thankful to GB Wheelchair Rugby for the opportunity for our team to experience an event of this profile. We know that sport provides optimism, self-belief and confidence in what can be achieved, and all of these benefits can be translated outside of sport and into day to day life, sport helps with coping strategies and resilience – which is so important on an individual’s recovery journey.”
David Pond, Chief Executive Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby comments: "We have worked in partnership with Help for Heroes since 2013 providing coaching to wounded and injured service men and women in the Personnel Recovery Centres and Headley Court, and we coached Prince Harry's GB Team which won the final of the Invictus Games last year. The BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge provides another great opportunity to celebrate the growth of the game amongst the military".
The exhibition match will take place at approximately 6.30pm – between Semi-final matches. All participants are wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women that are beneficiaries of Help for Heroes, incorporating all abilities, using sport as part of their recovery journey.
Bucket collections at the event and a proportion of ticket sales are kindly being donated to Help for Heroes, fundraising in support of the charity that has helped these players in their recovery, to maintain and ensure others can benefit from the same support further down the line.
The BT WORLD WHEELCHAIR RUGBY CHALLENGE 2015 (WWRC15) takes place from 12 – 16 October 2015 and will see London 2012 Paralympic Gold medallists Australia return to the Olympic Park alongside Silver medallists Canada and Bronze medallists USA. Other nations taking part alongside Great Britain are New Zealand; South Africa; Japan and France.
ITV4 will show live evening matches of the hard-hitting sport, and coverage will include five hours of live broadcasting each day, brought by a team with a wealth of sporting and broadcasting talent and experience including Presenter Martin Bayfield, the former England and British Lions player, alongside Steve Brown, captain of the GB London 2012 Olympic Wheelchair Rugby team, former England and British Lions player, Ugo Monye, reporter Rachael Latham with commentary team Simon Ward and GB Paralympian Mike Spence.
Help for Heroes has been involved with Sports Recovery since 2008, and in the past year alone have offered 300 events across 50 different sports enabling over 2,100 wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans to take part in adaptive sports from grassroots through to performance level.
Tickets for the event are still available and can be purchased from www.wwrc15.com