Jaguar Land Rover has teamed up with the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to announce the brand new 'Invictus Games'. The event will champion wounded, injured and sick service personnel in an international sporting event, which will take place in London from September 10th to 14th.
Prince Harry is at the head of the event, which will see more than 300 wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, competing in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Lee Valley Athletics Centre.
The event will feature a number of events that proved to be popular during the London 2012 paralympics, including athletics, archery, wheelchair basketball, road cycling, indoor rowing, wheelchair rugby, swimming, sitting volleyball, as well as a driving challenge.
Teams will be invited from all over the world to compete at the event, with 13 nations currently taking part.
The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, will contribute a significant grant for the Invictus Games. The event will spark the beginning of a wider programme to support accessibility of adaptive sport and further employment opportunities for servicemen and women who leave the armed forces.
Chancellor George Osborne has also allocated £1 million for the games from the LIBOR fund and they will be broadcast by the BBC.
Captain David Henson, who hopes to compete in September, said: "Competitive sport has made all the difference to my personal recovery and rehabilitation. For a whole international community of injured 'brothers in arms' who flat out refuse to let themselves be beaten by their injuries, the Invictus Games in London will offer a memorable, inspiring and energising experience in their journey of recovery.
"This is not just the story of our wounded, but of all of our servicemen and women. We will each prove, as William Ernest Henley's famous poem Invictus so aptly says: 'I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul'," he added.
The event has been supported by a number of brands, including Jaguar Land Rover. UK Carline has a number of models from this top-class manufacturer on a variety of car leasing deals.
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