17th August 2015 (Tidworth, Wiltshire): The Help for Heroes Cricket Club, made up of wounded injured and sick veterans of the Armed Forces, were in training with the England Physical Disability cricket team this weekend, ahead of the Cricket for Heroes event on 17th September at the Kia Oval.
The weekend saw the two teams come together for the first time to take part in a joint training weekend which included practice fielding, batting as well as important team building exercises. It was also an opportunity for England Physical Disability team, who are also preparing for an international tournament in Bangladesh, to get together as a group.
The Help for Heroes Cricket Club is made up of wounded, injured and sick military personnel and veterans, and forms part of the Help for Heroes Sports Recovery Programme.
Sport plays an important part in the recovery journey as Louise Watson, Sports Recovery Manager at Help for Heroes explains; “Sport has the power to transform lives, and this is especially true for those who are injured and those with psychological scars. It provides someone with a sense of purpose to achieve again and being part of a team helps rebuild confidence, something often missing after a life-changing injury or illness.”
The Help for Heroes Cricket team will play the England Physical Disability team during the Old Mutual Changemakers Cup at the Cricket for Heroes event, putting all they’ve learned over the season into action in this special match.
Cricket for Heroes will see legends of the cricketing world; come together for our wounded heroes. Andrew Strauss, Ian Botham, Gary Kirsten, Graeme Swann and Virender Sehwag are amongst the famous names supporting our heroes in this inaugural Cricket for Heroes fundraiser.
Tickets are still available for the Cricket for Heroes match on 17th September 2015 at The Kia Oval, costing £20 for adults and £1 for under 16s. Ticketmaster have kindly agreed to waive all fees on e-tickets and print-at-home tickets. The event which is supported by Old Mutual Wealth, the UK’s leading wealth manager, is set to be the finale to the cricket season.
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