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2017 Special Olympics GB National Games

8th August 2017 | |

It’s the 2017 Special Olympics GB National Games this week and My Family, Our Needs is excited.

We thought we’d bring you a quick round-up of what the Games are about and how you can go to watch the sports for FREE. #SeeingIsBelieving

The 10th National Special Olympics GB is being held in Sheffield this week, from Monday 7th August until Saturday 12th August 2017. It is the largest sports event in Britain for people with a learning disability.

The Opening Ceremony takes place on Tuesday 8th August at Bramall Lane Stadium in the City. 80s-star Tony Hadley, is headlining and Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter, F1 broadcaster Suzi Perry and football pundit Chris Kamara are hosting the Ceremony.

James Toseland – former double World Superbikes Champion turned rock music artist has released We’ll Stop at Nothing, the 2017 Official Special Olympics National Summer Games Anthem. All profits from the song are going to the charity to support athletes with learning disability.

What sports are happening?

There is a full programme of competition covering a wide range of individual and team sports. Athletes will have the opportunity to compete at sporting venues across the City, including Ponds Forge, English Institute of Sport and Sheffield Hallam Football Centre.

The Special Olympic GB National Games sports are:

  • Aquatics
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Boccia
  • Indoor Bowls
  • Short Mat Carpet Bowls
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics – Artistic and Rhythmic
  • Judo
  • Motor Activity Training Programme
  • Netball
  • Powerlifting
  • Sailing
  • Table Tennis
  • Ten Pin Bowling
  • Tennis
  • Young Athletes

 Events are taking place on Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th, Thursday 10th and Friday 11th August. A full schedule is available on the Special Olympics GB National Games Website. You can also find detailed information about each sport there too.

Attend for FREE

What’s even better is that all events are open to the public for FREE. Why not plan an impromptu road trip, get out of the house for a day or two and go along to cheer on the brilliant athletes? Here’s your FREE Ticket.

The Special Olympics and GB National Games are a great way for someone with a learning disability to gain confidence, social and life skills. And a great way to inspire your children too.

Around 2,600 athletes with learning disabilities from across England, Scotland and Wales will compete during the four-day event.

The Games also offer people the opportunity to give back to the community and make a difference when coaching, officiating and volunteering at the event.

Get Involved. Support the Games. #SeeingisBelieving

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