Bidding process open for aspiring hosts of future Invictus Games
FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS OF THE INAUGURAL INVICTUS GAMES, ESTABLISHED BY THE ROYAL FOUNDATION OF THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE AND PRINCE HARRY ALONG WITH THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, AND PRESENTED BY JAGUAR LAND ROVER, A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) HAS BEEN ISSUED TO INTERESTED PARTIES FROM THE 13 NATIONS THAT TOOK PART FOR THE NEXT TWO ITERATIONS OF THE GAMES. IN ORDER TO GIVE FUTURE HOSTS ENOUGH TIME TO PLAN AND RAISE FUNDS FOR THE NEXT INVICTUS GAMES, NO EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE IN 2015.
All bids will initially be managed and overseen by a newly established Transition Committee led by Sir Keith Mills. The Transition Committee will hand over the process to a new organisation being established which will own the Invictus Games brand and will manage the process of selecting the hosts of future games and overseeing their delivery. It is anticipated that this body will select and announce the hosts for 2016 and 2017 early next year.
Dave Henson, Captain of the British Armed Forces Team, said: “The Games have been an incredible success and I can speak for many other wounded, injured and sick service-people when I say we are very keen to see them being held again. The impact on all the competitors and their families has been unbelievable and I can’t overstate how much it will mean for these games to happen again. I am absolutely delighted to hear that plans are underway to hold them in 2016 and 2017.”
Prince Harry, President of the Invictus Games 2014 Organising Committee, said: “The Invictus Games was about inspiring people to overcome their challenges and raising awareness of the issues facing wounded servicemen and women on an international scale. I believe we achieved that as the public support for the inaugural Invictus Games was nothing short of phenomenal, and the impact it had on the competitors was unforgettable. But for every competitor at the first Invictus Games, there are 10 others who would benefit from having the same opportunity. I always hoped September’s Games would just be the beginning and I am delighted there is an appetite to build on the success of 2014 and broaden the concept in the future.”
Sir Keith Mills, Chairman of the Invictus Games 2014 Organising Committee and now chair of the Transition Committee, said: “We always knew we had something special with these Games, but the success of the event really did exceed all our expectations. So following extensive consultation and reflection, we have decided to explore options for the future through a transition committee and a new ongoing selection and oversight body. We very much hope that games will be held in 2016 and again in 2017, and although we will have very stringent quality standards, we are confident that suitable hosts will be found for these games. A number of conversations are now underway.”
For every competitor at the first Invictus Games, there are 10 others who would benefit from having the same opportunity. I always hoped September’s Games would just be the beginning and I am delighted there is an appetite to build on the success of 2014 and broaden the concept in the future
The RFP sets out the desired requirements for a host to ensure that future games will meet high quality standards and a breadth of scope that will do justice to the aim of inspiring wounded injured and sick troops through participation in an international sporting event and promoting a better understanding of those who serve their country. This includes a mandatory minimum of 10 participating nations, 250 competitors, five sports, a strong families programme, appropriate broadcast and media coverage, and access to the games for spectators and media.
The first ever Invictus Games saw 413 competitors from 13 nations compete for gold in nine sports, as well as a driving challenge organised by Presenting Partner Jaguar Land Rover, over 5 days in London this year. Some 79,000 spectators attended the sporting events, Opening Ceremony and Closing Concert and more than 10m viewers watched the Games for at least 15mins on the BBC, the Host Broadcaster. BBC audience research also found that viewers were extremely positive about the Invictus Games and that it was one of the most appreciated programmes of 2014.