#Sheffield17 National Games about to begin

6th August 2017

The great city of Sheffield is set to host our 10th National Games from Monday 7 August until Saturday 12 August 2017.

It will be the largest muliti-sport disability event to take place in GB for people with an intellectual (learning) disability.  After many months of planning, organisation and fundraising, the games are due to start tomorrow. 

This will be the second time that the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games have been held in Sheffield – the last time was in 1993.

7,000 Families, 200 Officials and 1,000 volunteers will be arriving in Sheffield over the next few days to take part and support the 2,600 athletes across 20 sports in 13 different venues. 

The games starts with an incredibe opening Ceremony on the evening of Tuesday 8th August at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane Stadium.


Iconic singer Tony Hadley will be headlining at the Opening Ceremony.

The Opening Ceremony show will be hosted by three big name stars – Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter, F1 broadcaster Suzi Perry and football pundit Chris Kamara.

Additional entertainment on the night will be provided by the Rationale Theatre Company and will see local talented Yorkshire based artists including  ‘Under the Stars’, ‘Team Power Stilts’, ‘Aim To Dance’, ‘Kansaze African Dancers’, ‘Chinese Lions Dance’, ‘Team Katalyst’ Dance & Gymnasts and the ‘ParaCheer’ Cheerleaders.

Also at Special Olympics GB’s Opening Ceremony will be James Toseland – former double World Superbikes Champion turned rock music artist – who  will be performing ‘We’ll Stop at Nothing’, the 2017 Official Special Olympics National Summer Games Anthem.  The song has been released with all profits going to the charity to support athletes with learning disability.  Link to Special Olympics National Summer Games Anthem: https://youtu.be/CLSSdYB3IEE

The public can now access tickets to the Opening Ceremony at https://www.sufc.co.uk/special-olympics

All sports are free to attend. For more information, please visit www.Sheffield2017.org.uk 

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