With just over two weeks to go until The Invictus Games begin in London, BBC Television and Radio have announced their extensive coverage programme for the sporting competition.
The Invictus Games, which has been spearheaded by Prince Harry in particular, will see injured, wounded and sick former service personnel compete across several sporting activities between the 10th and 14th September. Many of the events will be held at some of the iconic London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic venues within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which will also play host to National Paralympic Day on the 30th August.
The event has been a focal point for Prince Harry to draw attention to the role that sport plays in the recovery and rehabilitation of the service men and women and in an effort to generate a wider knowledge of those who serve their country in the Armed Forces.
His Royal Highness, who has seen active military service in both the Blues and Royals and Army Air Corps, took up a staff officer role in HQ London District in January. The Prince holds responsibilities to assist with coordinating significant projects and commemorative events involving the Army in London. The Invictus Games were officially launched on 6th March 2014 with the announcement of the British Armed Forces Team being made on the 13th August 2014.
The Chairman of the Invictus Games, Sir Keith Mills, said:
“The Invictus Games promise to be a truly inspirational occasion and one not to miss. For the public it’s a unique chance to get behind those who have given so much but focus on what they can achieve, post-injury. The sporting action and atmosphere will be incredible and the BBC has unrivalled experience in bringing that into homes across the nation. We’re delighted to have them on board as the official broadcaster of the Invictus Games so that thousands more can share this memorable experience and show their support.”
BBC Television and Radio will feature extensive coverage of the Games, including highlights from both the Opening Ceremony and the Closing Concert . The television coverage will start on Sunday 7th September on BBC Two with an hour-long documentary, detailing the stories behind some of the competitors and what motivated Prince Harry to bring the concept of the Games and its benefits to London.
Similarly, an hour-long programme will be broadcast with Eleanor Oldroyd on Radio 5 live from 9pm – 10pm on Thursday 11th September, reflecting on the first day’s activities and discussion between several athletes involved.
A full list of the television and radio coverage has been released by the BBC:
Countdown To The Invictus Games – BBC Two, Sunday 7 September
With just days to go before the start of the Invictus Games, cameras have been following some of the inspirational British servicemen and women who have overcome life changing injuries and illnesses in order to compete. Alongside their personal stories, this one-hour documentary reveals what motivated Prince Harry to create the Games and why he thinks they are so important.
The One Show Special: Invictus Games Opening Ceremony – BBC One, Wednesday 10 September
A special edition of The One Show featuring live coverage of the uplifting Opening Ceremony at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park including a fly past from the Red Arrows and bands from the Army, RAF and Royal Marines. And of course the Competitors’ Parade featuring all 400 plus servicemen and women from the 14 nations taking part.
Invictus Games Day 1 Highlights – BBC Two, Thursday 11 September
Highlights of today’s track and field events from Lee Valley Athletics Centre.
Invictus Games Day 2 Highlights – BBC Two, Friday 12 September
All the best action from Day 1 and Day 2 of the Invictus Games including coverage of Wheelchair Rugby from the Copper Box Arena, Archery and Athletics.
Invictus Games Day 3 – BBC One, Saturday 13 September
Live coverage of the Wheelchair Basketball, Road Cycling and Indoor Rowing.
Invictus Games Day 3 Highlights – BBC Two, Saturday 13 September
Some of the most dramatic moments from Day 3 of the Invictus Games including Wheelchair Basketball, Road Cycling and Indoor Rowing.
Invictus Games Day 4 – BBC One, Sunday 14 September
Live coverage of the final day of the Invictus Games including Swimming from the iconic London Aquatics Centre, Sitting Volleyball and Power lifting.
Invictus Games Closing Concert – BBC Two, Sunday 14 September
Highlights of the stunning star-studded Closing Concert, which features a headline set from Foo Fighters, as well as performances from Kaiser Chiefs, Ellie Goulding, Ryan Adams, The Vamps, Rizzle Kicks, James Blunt, Diversity and the Military Wives Choir
Radio 5 live will embrace the Invictus Games with a special one hour programme on Thursday 11 September, 21:00-22:00 as Eleanor Oldroyd and studio guests reflect on the first day’s activity from the Lee Valley Athletics Centre and discuss the incredible stories of several of the athletes involved.
A round up the latest games news and key moments will be covered daily in the Phil Williams Show from 22:30.
Radio 4’s Saturday Live will have JP Devlin and Aasmah Mir reporting live from the Invictus Games on Saturday morning.
Speaking of the event and the wider coverage, the Executive Producer of BBC Entertainment and Events, Guy Freeman said:
“We’re honoured to be the official broadcaster of the Invictus Games and to be able to share the inspirational stories of the service men and women competing in this inaugural competition. The sporting events promise to be action-packed and showcase some fantastic skills and moments of endeavour. While the ceremonies look set to be two incredible and enjoyable celebrations, that will also serve as a suitable tribute to all those who have given so much as they serve their countries.”
A wide variety of sports are covered including: Archery, Athletics, Wheelchair Basketball, Road Cycling, Powerlifting, Indoor Rowing, Wheelchair Rugby, Swimming and Sitting Volleyball. Alongside the United Kingdom, invitations have been extended to teams from Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Georgia, Iraq, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United States.
More information on the Invictus Games can be found on the Games’s official website.
Photo Credit: Invictus Games 2014