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Battle Back

Battle Back is an Adaptive Sport and Adventurous Training programme for wounded, injured and sick personnel from across the Armed Forces, including mobilised reservists.
Battle Back is an adaptive sport and adventurous training programme for wounded, injured and sick service personnel designed to accelerate recovery whilst building confidence and independence. It is an MoD programme run with Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion.

The Battle Back Centre at the National Sports Centre in Lilleshall provides residential accommodation for 24 personnel whilst they are taking part in the centre’s sporting activities including: indoor climbing, watersports, indoor caving, wheelchair basketball, archery and wheelchair badminton.

Activities are selected that are relevant to each wounded, injured and sick soldiers recovery plan to help improve self-confidence and motivation in their rehabilitation programme. All activities are done in a safe but enjoyable environment, and are benchmarked against international standards and independently evaluated so that those wishing to continue the sports at a higher level can return to Lilleshall.
Physical activity is a key component in recovery and regular participation in inclusive sport, outdoor and other activities can help the individual to focus on those things they are able to achieve, rather than what they cannot, in order to improve resilience, develop confidence, improve motivation and develop positive relationships that will enhance recovery.
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Battle Back at DMRC Headley Court

Soldiers receiving treatment at DMRC Headley Court are encouraged to join in some form of outdoor activity such as water skiing, golf, clay pigeon shooting or cycling. These activities are in addition to the normal rehabilitation programme carried out at DMRC and are designed to compliment the rehabilitation programme.


Battle Back at the Personnel Recovery Centres

Wounded, injured and sick soldiers will attend one of the Personnel Recovery Centres during their recovery where they can continue Battle Back activities. Battle Back activities are offered at the centres in Tidworth, Catterick and Colchester, while adaptive sports and adventurous training activities are offered at Edinburgh and Germany.


Battle Back expeditions and elite sports

Many recovering Servicemen and women and Veterans wish to take their activities to a higher level and can do so having been inspired by participating in the Battle Back programme, some rising to a competitive, even Paralympics level. Men and women who first enjoyed standing on a water-ski in the early days at Headley Court are now competing in cycling, skiing, athletics and sledge hockey while others have gone on to gain their pilot's licenses.


Phoenix programme for WIS veterans

Battle Back activity does not end when a WIS individual leaves the Services. WIS Veterans can continue to enjoy sport, expeditions, elite and adventurous activities through the Help for Heroes-funded Phoenix programme, which are delivered based upon the programme delivered at the Help for Heroes-led Recovery Centres.

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