May 15, 2014 (ISN) – Prince Harry has become the most senior member of the British Royal Family to use Twitter after launching the ticketing process for the Invictus Games via social media this morning, as BT were also unveiled as an Official Supporter of the inaugural event.
Prince Harry, the fourth in line to the British throne, sent his first tweet from the top of BT Tower in London to encourage people to get behind the Games ahead of 40,000 tickets going on sale tomorrow.
The Games will see more than 400 sick, injured and wounded service personnel from 14 different nations competing in nine adaptive sports from September 10 to 14 in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Inspired by the success of the Warrior Games in the United States, the event is being organised with the support and backing of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and the Ministry of Defence.
Following his tweet, Prince Harry met with two hopeful participants in Daniel Whittingham, who had his left leg amputated after being injured when serving in Afghanistan in 2009, and Andy Phillips, who suffered a spinal injury during the Gulf War in 1990.
It was also announced today that BT has come on board as an Official Supporter of the Games.
The telecommunications giant is a long-standing supporter of the UK Armed Forces, having hired more than 1,600 ex-Armed Forces personnel in recent years as engineers into its Openreach division as it continues to roll out fibre broadband across the country.
BT’s infrastructure division, Openreach, has also recently launched a civilian work attachment programme, with the aim of facilitating a smooth transition from the Forces into the civilian workplace.
“As a long-standing supporter of both the UK Armed Forces and disability sport, BT’s involvement will help us ensure the Invictus Games inspire millions of people around the world and leave a lasting legacy,” said Invictus Games chairman Sir Keith Mills.
“I’d urge people not to miss out on tickets when they go on sale, this is a unique opportunity to support and thank those who have served their countries so bravely.”
BT Group plc chairman Sir Michael Rake added: “BT has been championing disability sport for 25 years.
“We are proud to support the Invictus Games, which will be a powerful expression of values we hold dear – inclusion and inspiration through sport.”
Tickets will cost £12.85 ($21.50/€15.76) per person per session, and will be available from 9am British Summer Time tomorrow.