Nine 7 a-side teams from around GB gathered to compete at the 2nd Special Olympics Great Britain National Unified Football Competition held on Friday 22 April at Woughton Sports Pavillions in Milton Keynes. The occasion was perfect to officially welcome former football player and manager and current Sky Sports pundit, Chris Kamara, as the new ambassador of Special Olympics GB.
Kamara, who met and coached the footballers on the day, commented, “My first experience of Special Olympics and Unified Football was ahead of the World Cup last year in South Africa. After that trip I knew I wanted to be involved with the charity and I'm honoured to come on board in an official capacity. I'm particularly pleased to be able to support our athletes who are off to compete in the World Summer Games in Athens this summer."
Playing in the tournament was the Unified Football GB team, who will be participating in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens this summer (25th June-4th July).
The winners of the competition were: Special Olympics Halton A in division 1 and Special Olympics Sutton Coldfield in division 2.
Unified Football is a groundbreaking football programme designed to breakdown the social barriers between people with learning disabilities and those without, both on and off the pitch. By creating mixed teams, the scheme promotes social interaction and full inclusion.
Watch video of the event and find out what Chris Kamara said about his involvement with Special Olympics GB.
1st Place: Special Olympics Halton A
2nd Place: Special Olympics South London Special League
3rd Place: Special Olympics North Cambs
4th Place: Special Olympics Halton B
1st Place: Special Olympics Sutton Coldfield
2ndPlace: Special Olympics South East Kent
3rd Place: Special Olympics MK Dons SET
4th Place: Special Olympics Bolton Lads & Girls Club
5th Place: Special Olympics GB 2011 Word Summer Games squad