WYG is proud to become an official supporter of Invictus UK. Its support will help Team UK competitors on their journey to the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 via the Invictus UK Trials, which will run from 22-26th July in Sheffield.
Team UK’s Invictus Games experience is about much more than just sport. The Games highlight the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding of, and respect for, those who serve their country. For many in Team UK, simply leaving their house is a massive achievement, and taking part in the sport is just a small element of a wider set of goals.
Invictus UK - a partnership of the Ministry of Defence, Help for Heroes, and The Royal British Legion - is responsible for selecting and preparing Team UK for both the Invictus UK Trials in Sheffield 2019 and the Invictus Games The Hague 2020.
The Trials will be the largest gathering of UK military wounded adaptive sport competitors. This year, 118 of the total 475 competitors are from the North of the country.
At WYG, we have a long tradition of supporting the UK Armed Forces through our people and projects, which has been recognised through our MOD Gold Award for the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. Our collaborative approach of working with clients has a strong affinity with the work of Invictus UK, which not only supports competitors but also their friends and families who are a vital part of the recovery journey before, during and after the Invictus Games experience.
The Games is a recovery event, so 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.
WYG and the MOD Gold Award
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.