Cricket Australia’s Mitchell Johnson, Josh Hazlewood and Ryan Harris visited DMRC Headley Court this week where they met with wounded servicemen and women undergoing rehabilitation.
As part of the visit, the Australian trio, taking time out of their Ashes campaign, also met with members of the Help for Heroes Cricket Club who are using sport as part of their recovery and training to be part of the team selected for the Cricket for Heroes match at The Oval on 17th September.
Sport helps mentally and physically wounded Veterans regain their confidence, it provides a purpose for someone to focus on once again after suffering a life changing injury or illness.
Steven Caruana, who was medically discharged from the Army two years ago and uses cricket as part of his recovery said, “Playing for the Help for Heroes Cricket Club offers not only the physical benefits of keeping fit and active, but also gives huge psychological and social benefits too. The players have built self-esteem and a sense of pride since being part of the club and most importantly, the Help for Heroes Cricket Club gives us the chance to be part of a close-knit group again, something many of us haven’t experienced since leaving the Forces. We’re all looking forward to the match in September and would encourage everyone to get along.”
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 2,000 wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans to take part in adaptive sports from grassroots through to performance level.
Tickets are still available for the Cricket for Heroes Match on 17th September 2015.