Our Captains’ Charities

New Lilleshall Hall Golf Club Captains Support
Local Battle Back Centre

This year’s Captains of Lilleshall Hall Golf Club nominated the Battle Back Centre as the charity that the Club will support during the year. The Captain, Geoff Sellars and Lady Captain, Julie Cann chose the Lilleshall charity that helps Service personnel & Service Veterans who have suffered significant injury or mental trauma recover and return to normal life. This relatively new charity based at Lilleshall Hall Sports Centre was chosen for their ethos of enablement and support they bring to people who sustain injuries working in war zones. “It’s a charity that helps people to be the best they can be, showing people how to face the different capabilities and restrictions they have and work with them to enjoy their lives and build back their confidence.”

We have selected the Battle Back Centre as our Charity this year and hope to raise thousands of pounds to support their valuable work. I have experience of the danger of war zones serving in the Royal Navy for 22 years. My experience of the devastating effect that working within war zones can have on individuals came to the fore whilst at the Defence School of photography as the civilian Commanding Officer for 10 years. I was responsible for training many infantry soldiers in photographic surveillance & many professional service photographers to operate as combat camera teams working on the front line. It is not just the physical injury but also the mental issues that working in a war zone can generate. I know that Battle Back works with servicemen & women who have been mentally and physically scarred by war to help them live normal civilian lives. As a local charity they are close to my heart and I am keen to see their work in the region grow,” explains Geoff.

The Battle Back Centre at Lilleshall is a charity funded by The Royal British Legion as part of the Defence Recovery Capability programme. The Battle Back Centre at Lilleshall provides adaptive sports and adventure opportunities for wounded or injured veterans as a vehicle to help with their recovery. The activities, led by world-class coaches, aim to rebuild confidence through a productive, cooperative and competitive atmosphere. The centre includes accommodation for up to 24 people, and hosts activities such as water sports, climbing, wheelchair basketball, caving, archery and clay pigeon shooting.

The Legion established and operates The Battle Back Centre, to support wounded, injured and sick Service personnel. The Centre exists to help people build self-esteem, gain confidence & achieve their best possible recovery and either return to Service duty or to make a smooth transition to civilian life. The Battle Back Centre is part of the MoD’s Defence Recovery Capability programme and provides sports and adventurous activities for wounded, injured and sick Service people & service veterans from across the Armed Forces.

The Centre is at the National Sports Centre, Lilleshall in the West Midlands. Army staff look after the health, safety, security and welfare of Service participants attending the courses.
Coaching expertise is provided by the Carnegie School of Sport and Carnegie Great Outdoors and independent evaluation of the programme is conducted by Leeds Metropolitan University, Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure.