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Launched at Thruxton Motor Circuit on 1st March 2012 in order to help those affected by military operations by engagement through sport, the charity recognised from the outset the astonishing inspirational and healing potential of sport. Motorsport is unique in that the disabled compete against the able bodied on a level playing field - there is no separate category for disability. Engineering allows us to adapt the vehicle, not the sport, and that leveller is a strong draw that the charity harnesses to help those who may be hard to reach - connecting them with amazing opportunities for second careers, beyond the military.
The Forces' Motorsport Charity, whose motto is “Race Retrain Recover” is MoD's competent authority for motor sport as a recovery activity, and is a Royal Foundation (the charitable trust of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry) Endeavour Fund initiative.
The charity's dedicated career managers have placed more than 130 Wounded, Injured and Sick service leavers into employment since the inaugural Invictus Games in September 2014. Over 1700 veterans have found work through the charity’s programs.
A Service Charity and a member of the Confederation of Service Charities, Mission Motorsport has an award winning collaborative model of working with government and the other service charities. It is funded by Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion, the Soldiers’ Charity (the Army Benevolent Fund) and the Greenwich Hospital as well as by industry partners and independent fundraising.
As part of the MoD's Career Transition Partnership (Assist), the charity helps those leaving the military to find employment in the automotive industry. A City and Guilds and LANTRA training provider, Mission Motorsport's Training Wing delivers a range of qualifications up to and including Level 3 Diploma courses and full apprenticeships enabling service leavers to bridge the gap between military service and second careers as civilians, beyond injury.
"I'm loving the job and couldn't ask for any more as my family is very happy and settled now. I even now own a new Jaguar F-Pace, and for the first time in a long time, I'm happy”
- MM Beneficiary Mike Burton (Jointing Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover)