Phoenix House holds onto summer games trophy for second year

Phoenix House holds onto summer games trophy for second year


Teams from Phoenix House and Tedworth House Recovery Centres battled it out last week to see who had the strength, intelligence and endurance to lift the Phoenix Summer Games trophy proudly above their heads.

The friendly inter-Centre games were held over four days at the Help for Heroes Phoenix House Recovery Centre in Catterick for the second year in a row.

Four teams, the Phoenix Knights, Sloth and his Goonies, Tedders Teddies and Bi's and Tri's, were put through their paces in a variety of events, including a push-to-the-limits gym challenge, sitting volleyball, wheelchair rugby, quiz, archery and swimming gala.

They also spent a day at Ellerton Lake, Richmond, taking part in a raft building challenge, which involved a water treasure hunt.

By the end of the week, both teams that entered from Catterick were neck and neck but Bi's and Tri's was declared the winner after a tie-break round to see who could roll a pound coin closest to a bottle of Champagne.

A Gala dinner on the final evening saw each member presented with a certificate and a goodie bag supplied through the Band of Sisters and Band of Brothers network.

Hilary Conway, Support Programme and Adventurous Training Co-ordinator at Phoenix House, said the week was a huge succcess.

"Competition levels were high and it's great to see the trophy will remain at Phoenix House for another year.

"Through the Phoenix Games, we are trying to engage people from all across the network of injured, wounded and sick, veterans and serving, to come in and take part in a non-elite fun competition for the week."

Among the participants in the Phoenix Games was Chris Yates, who damaged his spinal cord while lowering a tail gate on a truck. As a result, he suffered a paralysed bladder and now has significant kidney problems as well as leg injuries. A former soldier with the Royal Engineers, Chris served in the Falklands, Kenya, Afghanistan and Germany. He was medically discharged in April, 2014.

He said: "It's being able to get into the military environment again and do things I haven't done before. It raises your morale so much as you have the same sense of humour as people and can talk about your injuries more openly with people.

"It's just good to be able to do somethng again and now I'm finding sports that are adapative, I'm getting involved with them more."


The winner's trophy will be displayed at Phoenix House, Catterick, until the 2015 Games, when it will be competed for again at one of Help for Heroes other Recovery Centres at Tedworth, Colchester or Plymouth.