“With such an exciting year of sport ahead, young people around the country are being inspired to take up new sports, but for the 1.2million people in the UK with learning disabilities it’s not always easy to take part as they can often encounter exclusion and discrimination. The model of Unified Sports – bringing together athletes with and without learning disabilities – has been proven to overcome these difficulties and promote social inclusion. With many team sports to choose from, the Unified Sports programme will offer fun and fitness for thousands more people.”- Karen Wallin, CEO Special Olympics GB.
Tower Hamlets College was chosen as the venue for the launch because of its commitment to disability sports. Last year the College launched the FE Special Games, a disability sports tournament, which was sponsored by Special Olympics GB.
“We are committed to giving our students and local community the opportunity to try things that otherwise they would never have had the chance to. Our students have thoroughly enjoyed the chance to learn from such an esteemed sportsman, and be a part of the Special Olympics new Unified Sports programme.”- Michael Farley, Principal of Tower Hamlets College.
To find out more about Unified Sports® visit www.specialolympics.orgFor further information:
Sarah Kendall at M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment on [email protected]
Tel: 07793 124 810
Jason Cornwell, Football & Unified Sport ® Manager Tel: 0207 375 7616 or email [email protected]
Maureen Rabbitt, Director of Communications, Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia [email protected]
Ends.Special Olympics Great Britain: Transforming Lives through Sport
Special Olympics Great Britain is the country’s largest provider of everyday, year-round sports training and competition for adults and children with learning disabilities, regardless of their ability. Special Olympics encourages every individual to become more self-confident, while improving their fitness, health and wellbeing by taking part, training and competing in 24 Olympic sports.
For almost 35 years, Special Olympics GB has transformed the lives of nearly 8,000 athletes in 135 clubs across England, Scotland and Wales, supported by a dedicated army of over 2,800 volunteers. By 2013 the charity hopes to grow the programme to 20,000 athletes involving 6,000 volunteers.
Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization providing year-round training and competition for more than 3.5 million children and adults with intellectual disabilities in over 175 countries. Tower Hamlets College
Tower Hamlets College is a Further Education College catering for 16 – 19 year olds and adult students. The courses it offers cover a wide spectrum of vocational and academic subjects, including construction, business and computing, hairdressing and A Levels. Its Foundation Learning programme is specifically designed for students with learning difficulties and disabilities, helping them develop the work and social skills needed for independent living or supported employment.