A group of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women embarked on a cricket tour to West Indies as part of Help for Heroes’ extensive Sports Recovery Programme.
The two-week long tour was self-funded by Cricket for Heroes and is one of 300 different sporting opportunities the charity offers, using the camaraderie of sport as part of a broader recovery journey.
Sixteen wounded, injured and sick heroes enjoyed the tour which saw them compete against local clubs in Barbados. For those players, the tour was the culmination of months of hard work, effort and determination, with their training being done at Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, Tedworth House. Head Coach Alan McClelland said it was a life reaffirming tour for many of the WIS who took part.
Their first match, against Combemere School, was fiercely competitive but the group of players played extremely well which set a good tone for the remainder of the tour where they also faced the Barbados Defence Forces, Barbados Defence Force Masters and the Wadadah Club.
Whilst in Barbados, the team were taken on a tour of Kensington Oval and also visited the Cricket Legends Museum where they met legendary cricketer Desmond Haynes.
The team were also privileged to be invited to the Remembrance Day Parade at Heroes Square. Two members of the tour party laid a wreath on behalf of the charity. They then went to the Officers Mess and the team were introduced to the Governor General and the Prime Minister of Barbados before being hosted at the Royal Legion for lunch where they met more veterans.
Congratulations to Ortis Charles who was voted Player of the Tour!