65 competitors and 6 non travelling reserves have been selected to represent Team UK at the Invictus Games The Hague 2020. The road to the Games will be an opportunity for Team UK to accelerate or maintain their recovery, and for some, to begin a journey that may take them into high performance sports programmes.
Invictus UK’s vision is to always select a team to represent the UK that consists of individuals who will seize the recovery opportunities presented to them, compete hard, demonstrate an Invictus Spirit and go on to become advocates for the power of sport in recovery. These individuals have been chosen based on a selection criterion that focuses on their potential recovery benefit, their performance, their attitude and their commitment.
These fall under two criteria to ensure a robust, fair and consistent methodology to selection is applied. The two Team UK selection principles are:
1. Recovery - This will look at whether there are clear plans on how the Invictus UK programme will support/accelerate an individual’s recovery journey and if there is a passion and commitment to not only their recovery, but that of their fellow team members.
2. Coachability - This looks not just at performance but whether they will commit to training, listen and act on coaching advice as well as adhere to the values of the Team Member Agreement.
WYG has supported Team UK competitors at the Invictus UK Trials Sheffield 2019, and will now help on their journey to next year’s international Invictus Games The Hague 2020 presented by Jaguar Land Rover.
The Invictus UK Trials Sheffield 2019 provided opportunities for over 320 individual competitors, and their friends and families, to use the power of sport, teamwork and competition to support their recovery and help maintain physical and mental health. The trials gave hopefuls the opportunity to take part in as many sports as they wish in an environment which, in part replicated what they might expect during games-time, with the focus placed on doing their best, as opposed to winning. For many, simply leaving their house is a massive achievement, and taking part in sport is just a small element of a wider set of goals.
The WYG team were there to support, from volunteering at the event, to taking part in the careers fair. Here is a peek into our week at the Invictus UK Trials in Sheffield.
You can also watch our Invictus UK ambassador video to hear Ian’s story. It goes to the heart of why WYG supports Invictus UK; from recognising the importance of our networks when facing adversity and solving problems, to our long-standing tradition of supporting the UK armed forces.
Invictus UK is delivered by a partnership comprising Help for Heroes, The Ministry of Defence, and The Royal British Legion.
Help for Heroes is responsible for the planning, preparation, co-ordination of selection, training and delivery of Team UK competitors and staff, and holds commercial responsibilities on behalf of the Partners. The Royal British Legion is responsible for supporting the Friends, Family and Carers of Team UK competitors on their Invictus Games journey. The Ministry of Defence is responsible for the strategic planning and co-ordination of Team UK’s participation in the Invictus Games, and holds primary responsibility for strategic partners (e.g. other nations and Foundations) on behalf of the Partners.
The Invictus Games is an international sporting event for wounded, injured or sick veterans and service personnel. The Games highlights the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding of, and respect for, those who serve their country. We have already seen the lasting positive impact of the London, Orlando, Toronto and Sydney Games.
It is not necessarily the fastest, the strongest or the most experienced who will be selected for 2020’s Team UK. Selection for Team UK is based on the following criteria: Potential Recovery benefit + Performance + Attitude + Commitment.
The Ministry of Defence awarded WYG a Gold Award under its Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) in November 2018. The award recognises organisations that have signed up to the Covenant and gone above and beyond in their advocacy for those who serve in the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families.
Securing the award is a major validation of the support we provide to the UK Armed Forces, including our Reservists. At WYG, we recognise the value that Service leavers and Reservists bring to the Company and are committed to supporting them. As part of our commitment to the Covenant, we’ve been proud to support activities like the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) to promote the recruitment of Service leavers and we have a strong framework in place to enable serving reservists to undertake ongoing training and operational deployment. Support for Armed Forces charities plays a big part in our corporate social responsibility calendar.