The Battle Back Centre
The Legion established and operates The Battle Back Centre, to support wounded, injured and sick Service personnel. The Centre exists to help people achieve their best possible recovery and either return to Service duty or to make a smooth transition to civilian life.
How the centre was set up
The Royal British Legion provided £27 million to establish and operate The Battle Back Centre, Lilleshall, as part of its commitment to support wounded, injured and sick Service personnel.
The Battle Back Centre is part of the MoD's Defence Recovery Capability programme and provides sports and adventurous activities for wounded, injured and sick Service people from across the Armed Forces.
All our activities promote self-confidence and improve motivation to aid recovery, with tailored programmes to help with both physical and psychological challenges. The Centre exists to help people achieve their best possible recovery and either return to Service duty or to make a smooth transition to civilian life.
“This has given me the massive confidence boost I needed.”Sapper Lyndon Chatting-Walters
How it works
The Battle Back Centre is an Army-led Centre that is funded and delivered by The Royal British Legion. Led by world-class coaching staff, our activities are challenging, but safe and enjoyable.
They include climbing, watersports, caving, wheelchair basketball, clay shooting and archery. All our activities build camaraderie with others going through similar challenges. We have high quality residential accommodation for 24 people at a time, with 16 rooms fully equipped for those who need wheelchair access or have other requirements.
“I've done things at The Battle Back Centre that I thought I'd never be able to do again, including rock climbing, caving and kayaking. Everything was adapted to suit my needs and my personal programme concentrated on my own rehabilitation. Simply an amazing place.”Former Army Corporal Andy Reid
The Centre is at the National Sports Centre, Lilleshall in the West Midlands. Army staff look after the health, safety, security and welfare of Service participants attending the courses.
Coaching expertise is provided by the Carnegie School of Sport and Carnegie Great Outdoors and independent evaluation of the programme is conducted by Leeds Metropolitan University, Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure.
“The encouragement I received from the staff and others on the course was fantastic.”Sapper Clive Smith
If you are a serving man or woman and would like to attend a course at The Battle Back Centre as part of your individual recovery pathway, please contact your Unit Welfare or Personnel Recovery Officer. If you have any queries about the Centre or course content please contact Battle Back staff on 01952 815673.
If you would like to make a donation to the Legion to support work like The Battle Back Centre, please use the link below.
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