Government funding has been awarded to Great Britain’s Special Olympics team ahead of the Special Olympics Summer Games to be held in Sheffield in 2017.
The team has been awarded £2 million.
It’s 115 athletes are preparing to take part in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles in July, with the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games to be held in Sheffield two years later.
Over 2,000 athletes expected to take part in the event in Sheffield in front of a 10,000 strong crowd of family, friends and supporters.
Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield MP, Nick Clegg, who announced the funding, said: “I’m immensely proud to be supporting Special Olympics GB to actively recruit, inspire and empower people with intellectual disabilities to reach for the finishing line in their favourite sport.
“Over a million people in the UK have an intellectual disability, and sport is a key component in helping to tackle stigma, improve health and broaden their horizons with new opportunities.
“This funding is yet another example of this government’s work to build a fairer society and provide opportunity for everyone.
“After successfully staging the Tour De France, Sheffield will build on that legacy by hosting the Special Olympics National Summer Games, and will cement our city’s proud reputation as a centre of sporting excellence, boosting tourism and bringing thousands of visitors to the area.”
Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid, said: “Britain has a great tradition of supporting disability sport, including delivering the most successful Paralympics ever at London 2012.
“Sport is a force for social good and I am determined to expand its reach. “