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Chris Kamara at National Unified Football Competition

26th April 2011

Chris Kamara takes some time to give autographs to our athletes 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.

Results of the competition

Division 1
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

Division 2
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

Photo Gallery

Chris Kamara football demonstration

Chris Kamara football demonstration

Kamara on the pitch with our athletes

Kamara on the pitch with our athletes

Chris Kamara takes some time to give autographs to our athletes

Chris Kamara takes some time to give autographs to our athletes

Kamara gives autographs to our athletes

Kamara gives autographs to our athletes

Unified Football

Unified Football

Unified football brings people together!

Unified football brings people together!

Special Olympics Halton B gets ready to compete

Special Olympics Halton B gets ready to compete

Our board member Chris Hull (right) was volunteer referee on the day

Our board member Chris Hull (right) was volunteer referee on the day

Nine Unified Football teams from around GB competed

Nine Unified Football teams from around GB competed

Kamara congratulates the MK Dons SET team

Kamara congratulates the MK Dons SET team

Special Olympics Halton A, winners division 1

Special Olympics Halton A, winners division 1

Kamara with the 2011 World Summer Games GB squad

Kamara with the 2011 World Summer Games GB squad

Special Olympics North Cambs

Special Olympics North Cambs

The winners celebrate with Chris Kamara

The winners celebrate with Chris Kamara

MK Dons volunteers help out on the day

MK Dons volunteers help out on the day

Chirs Kamara supports the Special Olympics Wear the Laces campaign

Chirs Kamara supports the Special Olympics Wear the Laces campaign

Chris Kamara congratulates all the athletes that competed on the day

Chris Kamara congratulates all the athletes that competed on the day

Chris Kamara with our Chairman Murton Mann

Chris Kamara with our Chairman Murton Mann

Ambassador Chris Kamara with board member Chris Hull

Ambassador Chris Kamara with board member Chris Hull

Special Olympics Sutton Coldfield, winners division 2

Special Olympics Sutton Coldfield, winners division 2

Chris Kamara talks with our volunteer coach Andy Shard at Unified Football event

Chris Kamara talks with our volunteer coach Andy Shard at Unified Football event

Our chairman Murton Mann cheers our footballers and unified partners

Our chairman Murton Mann cheers our footballers and unified partners

Kamara spends the morning with Special Olympics athletes

Kamara spends the morning with Special Olympics athletes