21st July 2017
Special Olympics, August 2017
The Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games is coming to Sheffield from 7 to 12 August and every child is invited.
This is the UK's largest multi-sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities to be held in 2017 and sees 2,600 athletes with intellectual disabilities of all ages and abilities come together from across the country. They will be supported over four days of competition by 800 coaches, 750 volunteers, 150 officials and over 7,000 family and friends.
The event showcases the extraordinary talent and determination of the athletes, many of whom overcome significant mental and physical challenges to train and compete at national level.
Tickets are now available for the opening ceremony at Bramall Lane stadium on Tuesday 8 August.
It is set to be a spectacular show featuring Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley, former World Superbikes champ turned popstar James Toseland – who recorded the official anthem We'll Stop at Nothing – and entertainment by both disabled and able-bodied performers from Rationale Theatre Company.
Hosting the show are Downton Abbey's Jim Carter, F1 broadcaster Suzi Perry and football pundit Chris Kamara. An audience of 20,000 people will welcome the athletes to the city.
Tickets start at just £5 and are available from the Sheffield United ticket office, 0114 253 7200 (option 1) or in person at the Sheffield United FC Box Office at Bramall Lane.
Watching the Games
Access to all of the sporting action is free and everyone is welcome to come along and cheer on the athletes, many of whom are from Sheffield.
If you're a football family, for example, head to Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park, or check out Graves Health and Sports Centre for tennis and short mat bowls. The English Institute of Sport will be a hive of activity all week with a jam-packed schedule of badminton, table tennis and judo.
There are 20 sports in total, taking place at venues across the city, so there will be plenty of opportunities for you to witness this wonderful sporting event no matter where you live and what you're into.
For the full schedule, visit Special Olympics website.