By working with our partners, including the British Paralympic Assocation, UK Sport and National Governing Bodies, Help for Heroes supports a number of military athletes aspiring to represent thier country at a national and international level.
This builds on the successes of the London 2012 Paralympic Games where we were proud to see six Help for Heroes supported military athletes compete for ParalympicsGB, winning three silver medals in cycling and a fourth place in rowing. This represents an increase from two athletes competing in Beijing to eight competing in London.
As part of our commitment to best support military athletes who are on a potential performance trajectory, we work closely with our key partners to deliver bespoke talent identifcation programmes across winter and summer Paralympic sports.
Help for Heroes Sports Academy: Talent Development and Transition into Performance Sports
Once someone shows talent for a particular sport, they can be nominated by their National Governing Body (NGB) to be a part of the Help for Heroes Sports Academy. This provides the athlete with access to holistic, bespoke support package, including grant funding for specialist equipment, links to top coaches, support with specialist sports science and media plus education and with friends & family.
At every step we work with partners such as the British Paralympic Association, UK Sport, English Institute of Sport and National Governing Bodies to help military athletes progress through their sport as they strive to represent ParalympicsGB.
Championing Disability Performance Sport
Help for Heroes have also been driving forward technical advances in disability performance sport, by collaborating with businesses and other charities (e.g. BAE Systems and REMAP) as well as supporting innovation through research projects to ensure that the status quo is constantly being challenged and the wounded are continually paving the way in the disability sport arena.
For more information, contact Help for Heroes Performance Pathway Manager, Jayne Kavanagh on firstname.lastname@example.org