SVC Recommendation 14: The Invictus Games
The Scottish Government should work with partners, charities and others to scope a proposal to host a future Invictus Games in Scotland.
Scottish Government update:
The Invictus Games took place in Sydney in October 2018. The Scottish Government acknowledges the power of sport and the impact it plays in the lives of our injured service men and women. EventScotland is conducting an assessment of the Sydney event with a view to considering the value to Scotland as a potential future host. A feasibility study will be needed and, should this show that bidding would be appropriate, EventScotland will lead the formal bidding process. On 24 January 2019, the MOD Secretary of State announced that the Team UK Invictus Games Trials will take place in Sheffield, 22 – 26 July 2019. The event is the first ever national games for wounded, injured and sick veterans and personnel and is being delivered by the Ministry of Defence, Help the Heroes and the Royal British Legion.
In addition, the Mey Highland Cultural Games will be held in John O’Groats in August 2019. This will be a traditional highland games but plans are to include Invictus-style events for war veterans and para-athletes. The 2018 event’s participants included US and Australian veteran para-athletes.
SVC evaluation of status:
Partially implemented / ongoing