Fifteen Jaguar Land Rover employees from the company’s Halewood production facility were today announced as volunteers for this September’s Invictus Games.
Local Invictus Games British Armed Forces team competitor Lamin Manneh joined the Halewood volunteers to celebrate their contribution to the Games. Lamin’s visit also marked the start of the stat of the Big ‘I AM’ tour which sees a giant structure of the Games’ iconic ‘I AM’ logo visit the Jaguar Land Rover sites. Jaguar Land Rover employees from across the company will have the opportunity to sign and leave good luck messages for British Armed Forces Team.
The Halewood volunteers, whose regular jobs range from the production line to office desk, have been freed from their regular duties by Jaguar Land Rover to train alongside the Armed Forces to ensure the Games run smoothly. They will form part of a 150 strong Jaguar Land Rover team who will help run the international sports event for ‘wounded warriors’ championed by Prince Harry.
As presenting partner of the Games, Jaguar Land Rover is supplying a quarter of the 600 strong team that will help run the Games, with others coming from the Armed Forces and other sponsors.
Guardsman Lamin Manneh, who joined the army in 2008, serving in Afghanistan with the Irish Guards where he was wounded in action after stepping on an IED that resulted in him losing both legs and one arm will be a reserve in the sitting volleyball at the Invictus Games, said: “I’m delighted to be here today to meet the Halewood Jaguar Land Rover volunteers. They will play a huge part in making the Games happen in September and it’s great to know that there will be support from my local area when we are competing. There’s a real sense of excitement building and we can’t wait to get started.”
Simon Lenton, Human Resources Director of Jaguar Land Rover said, “All of us the Company have been inspired by the vision for the Invictus Games, and with so many coming forward to volunteer we were forced to select by lottery. This will be a life-enhancing experience for the volunteers. Their reasons for applying range from personal and family involvement in the Armed Forces to their own experience of sport’s power to help recovery from illness or injury.”
Paul Abbey, Jaguar Land Rover volunteer commented: “I feel so privileged to be given the chance to show my support for the competitors and help make this September’s Invictus Games a reality. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m looking forward to getting behind the British Armed Forces Team and to take in the atmosphere at the Queen Elizabeth Park in a couple of weeks.”
At the Invictus Games, the volunteers will be assisting competitors from the 14 participating nations, their families and friends, and thousands of spectators. Their training programme will include coaching from former Games Makers from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, selected by London 2012 legacy charity Join In.
The Invictus Games are being organised with the support and backing of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and the Ministry of Defence. They will use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of those who serve their country. The event will feature nine adaptive sports at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Lee Valley Athletics Centre.
Tickets for the Invictus Games cost £12.85 per person, per session and are on sale at www.invictusgames.org.