Opening of sports complex for injured troops
Posted: November 22, 2013
Posted in: Armed Forces Injuries
With money raised from the Royal Marines Association, a £100,000 sports complex is due to open in Birmingham for wounded troops and their families. The facilities will allow wounded soldiers to recover from injuries, while benefiting from sports therapy with the help of their families. The complex is to open on the grounds of Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital where ex-marine Mark Ormond – the first triple amputee to return from Afghanistan – will cut the ribbon.
The facilities will include golf, basketball and tennis equipment, allowing injured troops to ease their way back into physical activity with the assistance of sport and medical experts. The complex is based next to the £4.2m Fisher House Building, which will allow injured soldiers and their families to stay nearby the facilities while receiving their therapy. The development of the complex was conducted through a partnership between Fisher House and the hospital’s charity trust.
Great difference to recovery rate
Based on the first Fisher House facility that opened in the US in 1991, it is proven that the complex will make a great difference to the rate of the soldiers’ recovery.
Chief executive of the Royal Marines Association, Brigadier Mike Ellis, said: “Our branches and supporters across the UK really got behind the idea of the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), which meant we were able to raise the £100,000 needed.”
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