Sports plays a powerful role in inspiring the recovery and rehabilitation of men and women who were injured or became sick as a result of their service. The Invictus Games is a powerful demonstration of the dedication our men and women displayed when they served our country.
It is a celebration of how they confronted hardship but refused to be defined by their injury or illness. Ultimately, the Invictus UK programme empowers competitors and allows those who once served their country to proudly wear the Union Jack again.
More than 350 hopefuls trialled nine sports for one of the 65 places available on Team UK and a staggering 89% of the selected team has never competed at an Invictus Games before. The rigorous selection process for Team UK was based on the benefit the Invictus Games will give an individual as part of their recovery, combined with performance and commitment to training.
The Invictus Games The Hague 2020, presented by Jaguar Land Rover, will host the fifth Invictus Games from 9-16 May 2020, bringing together over 500 competitors and 1,000 friends and family from 19 nations to compete in a series of adaptive sports across the city in the Netherlands over the course of a week. Team UK will be joining the 18 other nations to achieve personal bests, meet new friends and celebrate a week of achievements with the people who love them the most.
At Help for Heroes, it is our responsibility to train and develop the 65 competitors and 6 reserves who have been selected to represent Team UK. We prepare the Team UK competitors to compete through a series of regular training camps between October 2019 – May 2020. National Governing Body high-performance coaches are available across all 9 sports. As well as focusing on developing their sports performance, the competitors are encouraged to set individual goals to maximise the benefits of the recovery experience. This may also include identifying their wider needs for support, outside of the world of sport.
The team will compete across 9 sports:
Athletics; Archery; Wheelchair Basketball; Cycling; Powerlifting; Indoor Rowing; Wheelchair Rugby; Swimming and Sitting Volleyball.
Family play a hugely important role in the recovery process and is a unique strand of the wider Invictus Games programme. The selected team’s family are provided with a network of support where they can meet others who are in a similar position, further understand their competitor’s journey and watch them gain a sense of achievement.
To be considered for selection for Team UK for the 2019 event and the Invictus Games 2020, you will have become ill or injured during, or as a result of, your service. Team UK will complete necessary checks.Read more
Help for Heroes can provide financial support to help you with your Team UK journey. Find out more information here.Read more
For Sydney 2018, nearly half of the 451 hopefuls who applied for trials were new to Team UK. We expect more first-timers applying for The Hague 2020 and many of you may have similar questions to ask of us.Read more
Selection for Team UK is based mainly on recovery need. The selection policy for The Hague 2020 will be released in 2019.Read more
Help for Heroes offer a wider range of support outside of Team UK and the Invictus Games. This includes psychological support, career and training advice, welfare support and financial assistance.Read more