A game of wheelchair basketball at Battle Back Centre

A week at the Battle Back Centre

The Battle Back Centre course is one of the most important courses that wounded, injured and sick service personnel will do, as it sets them up for a successful recovery plan.

Find out how coaches give attendees motivation through physical and mental activities.

Injured service personnel arriving at Battle Back Centre

Individual Recovery Plans

Wounded, injured and sick service men and women go to the Battle Back Centre as part of their Individual Recovery Plan.

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On arrival attendees are introduced to a team of coaches. 

Participants at Battle Back Centre meet the team of coaches

Over the next five days they will help them develop the tools to make a success of their Individual Recovery Plan.

A game of wheelchair basketball at Battle Back Centre

Day one

One of the first activities is wheelchair basketball. For those who have been signed off as wounded, injured or sick, this might be the first exercise or group activity they’ve done in months.


wounded, injured or sick Serving and ex-Serving personnel have attended the Battle Back Centre since it opened in 2009.
Battle Back Centre
Later, attendees choose cards from a table that show how they feel. 
Participants doing a card sort at Battle Back Centre

The cards are a mixture of positive and negative images and words like 'isolated' or 'independent'.

Most people choose negative cards at the beginning of the week.

Indoor climbing at Battle Back Centre

Day two

On the second day attendees go indoor climbing. The aim of activities such as this is to help with motivation and show those who are wounded, injured or sick that they can do more than they think.

“We build our course around a number of adventure training and adaptive sport opportunities,” explains Chris Joynson, Recovery Operations Manager.

Man on wheelchair adaptive bike at Battle Back Centre
The centre has a mixed fleet of adaptive bikes for those with serious injuries

“So if someone’s arriving with major physical injuries and they’re not able to participate in some of the activities that we do, we have a technical advisor whose job is to make sure that those with really bad physical injuries can complete the courses and activities in the same way as an able-bodied person could.”

Participants taking a daily walk at Battle Back Centre

Time and space to talk

Daily walks happen at 7.30am, and provide a chance for coaches to chat with attendees.

The Battle Back Centre also provides opportunities where wounded, injured and sick personnel can experience the camaraderie of the military as they work together in team activities.

A game of seated volleyball at Battle Back Centre

Throughout the the rest of the week attendees take part in a range of physical activities, as well as having group sessions with coaches that focus on mental attitude.

A card sort at the end of the course at Battle Back Centre

Changing perspective

At the end of the week attendees are asked to choose cards again to demonstrate their progress since arriving.

They’re asked to choose cards that represent those who they’ve been on the course with, and then share those cards with those people.

Participants at the end of the course at Battle Back Centre
'Life and soul of the party'

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