Ealing-based community transport provider ECT Charity (ECT) is to deliver accessible transport at the Invictus Games, taking place in London, from 11-14 September.
ECT Charity successfully led the provision of accessible shuttle buses for both the Olympics and Paralympics during London 2012, making them the most accessible Games ever. This experience, combined with the organisation’s social aims and social enterprise structure, meant that ECT Charity was the obvious choice of partner for the Invictus Games.
Anna Whitty, Chief Executive of ECT Charity, commented: “ECT is delighted to be providing accessible transport for the Invictus Games. We are very proud of the success of our work for the 2012 Games which raised the bar in accessible transport provision. Our London 2012 legacy was about ensuring that mobility-impaired people would be able to attend major events in the future. With everything that the Invictus Games stands for, high-quality accessible transport will allow individuals with disabilities to attend the Games and cheer on athletes taking part in this great event.”
An international, multi-sport event hosted in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Lee Valley Athletics Centre, the Invictus Games will attract over 400 competitors from 13 nations. The competitors are wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women. Teams will come from nations whose armed forces served alongside each other. The Games will use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understand and respect of those who serve their country.
Prince Harry was driving to bring the event to an international audience following his inspirational visit to the Warrior games in Colorado in 2013. The events in September will mark the beginning of a legacy programme to support accessibility of adaptive sport and further employment opportunities for transitioning Servicemen and women leaving the Armed Forces.