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June 12, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Great Britain

World Cup Rivalry on Hold for Special Olympics

By Chris Hull

England National Football Team Manager Roy Hodgson meets with footballers from Special Olympics Brazil.

They may be World Cup rivals on the pitch but friendship proves a stronger bond at Special Olympics. The team at Special Olympics Great Britain facilitated with The England Football Association the chance for 10 Brazilian footballers with learning disabilities the chance to watch the England team in training prior to the World Cup. The event was supported and activated on the ground by Special Olympics GB thanks to the support of the Premier League. It took place at England training base in Rio de Janeiro on Monday (9 June 2014) just days before England’s opening game against Italy. Ana Paula Soares, National Director for Special Olympics Brasil, commented: “When I told our ten players they would be watching and meeting the England World Cup squad in Rio they quite literally couldn’t sleep. “This amazing experience was all thanks to our friends at Special Olympics GB who were supported by the Premier League to facilitate and activate this opportunity.”

About Chris Hull: I am a Communications Consultant for Special Olympics Great Britain.
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