Prince Harry recently visited the University of Bath to watch trials for the Invictus Games 2017.
The Prince also spent time at the University of Bath Sports Training Village to learn more about their work with The Injured Players Foundation , the official charity for rugby players who suffer catastrophic injuries on the pitch.
The Prince watched a demonstration of the World Rugby scrum project in the sports hall – a new initiative to find ways of reducing injury by engagement in the scrum. The research being conducted at the university is leading the way in helping players come back from serious spinal cord and traumatic brain injury.
Later in the morning, Prince Harry watched trials for the 3rd annual Invictus Games. This year the competition takes place in Toronto, Canada on 24 – 30 September 2017.
The Prince, who is patron of the games, watched the men’s and women’s 200m, men’s shotput and discus throwing and rowing trials.
The Prince also addressed the hopeful Invictus athletes:
“Whether you make the selection or not, you’re all part of the Invictus Games,” he said.
This year saw a record-breaking number of applicants in the UK team – with over 770 people applying for the 90 places. Those that are not selected will still have the opportunity to get involved in the broader Help for Heroes Sports Recovery programme.
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