Sheffield children launch new Special Olympics campaign

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Thirty Sheffield children helped launch a new Special Olympics campaign aimed at breaking down barriers for young people with learning disabilities.

They attended a youth summit in Manchester to launch the new Play Unified campaign - a Special Olympics GB initiative in partnership with national charity the Youth Sport Trust.

It aims to use sport and leadership skills to change perceptions of and attitudes towards young people with intellectual disabilities.

The summit encouraged people to create changes, promote inclusion and provide opportunities for young people to take part in sport.

Karen Wallin, Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics GB, said: “Play Unified is a global Special Olympics campaign aimed at breaking down the barriers and misconceptions towards people with intellectual disabilities. “People with intellectual disabilities say they want to be included as equals in society. The Unified Generation will lead our movement and will do so by simply playing unified.”

Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, added: “The Special Olympics GB Play Unified summits delivered by the Youth Sport Trust provide a unique opportunity to inspire and empower young people with and without disabilities to become leaders in their schools, creating positive change and developing more opportunities for young people to take part in sport.

“Through these summits we will use the power of sport to provide a platform for young people to understand and value their peers with intellectual disabilities, build their confidence and give them the opportunity make new friends. We want to create a unified generation.”