British Cycling has announced a new initiative with Help for Heroes to help wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans rebuild their lives.
Help for Heroes has long championed Sport in Recovery through initiatives such as Battle Back, an MOD initiative funded by Help for Heroes, which uses Adaptive Sport and Adventurous Training to help seriously wounded Service personnellead active, independent and fulfilling lives. .
In support of the work done for wounded servicemen and women, British Cycling have recently delivered a Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Cycling and a Level 2 Coaching Riders with Disability Course for members of staff from Help for Heroes who deliver the Battle Back programme.
John Mills, Director of Coaching, Education and Development at British Cycling, said: “The aim of the initiative is to support the instructors at Help for Heroes and help them to develop their ability to coach cycling as part of the Recovery programme for wounded service personnel.
“Sport can play a key role in aiding the recovery of our heroes and we are proud to work with the Battle Back programme, which has made a real difference to the lives of so many.”
Since the Battle Back programme was established in 2008, Help for Heroes have been able to help over 1,500 wounded, injured and sick individuals have been supported through activities such as cycling, sailing and swimming.
Jonpaul Nevin, Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach, Help for Heroes said: “Cycling has a proven track record as an excellent recovery activity for Wounded, Injured, and Sick service personnel. Developing the cycling coaching skills of our staff will help in the delivery of safe, effective and enjoyable cycling specific training for those we support.”