Athletes to flock to Sheffield for National Summer Games

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Sheffield is to play host to 2,500 athletes with learning disabilities for the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games.

It will be the second time the games will have been held in Sheffield, with the city first hosting the event in 1993.

The games, in August 2017, will kick off with an opening ceremony at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane stadium, organisers have announced.

Other venues to be used during the games include Sheffield Hallam University’s athletics stadium, Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Concord Sports Centre, Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre and the English Institute of Sport Sheffield.

Athletes will compete in over 20 sports, including athletics, artistic gymnastics, football, badminton, golf, tennis and swimming.

Special Olympics GB is the largest registered charity providing sports training and competition opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

Sheffield United’s Managing Director, Mal Brannigan, said: “We are thrilled that Bramall Lane has been chosen to host the showpiece opening ceremony of Special Olympics GB’s National Summer Games.

“The stadium will be a great place for people from Sheffield and beyond to attend and get right behind this impressive event which will have a real impact when it is held in Sheffield in August 2017.”

Karen Wallin, Special Olympics GB’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted Sheffield United has allowed us to host the opening ceremony for our 2017 National Summer Games at their Bramall Lane stadium.

“The opening ceremony is a significant occasion at the Special Olympics National Games - bringing together the athletes, coaches, volunteers, families and public. It really sets the tone and builds the excitement for the games.”