15th May 2018
Special Olympics GB is delighted to announce a new one-year relationship with Potens.
Potens, who will become an Official Supporter of Special Olympics GB, provide specialist community support and care for adults and children with learning disabilities, autism, mental health and other complex needs.
Special Olympics GB's Chairman Murton Mann, said: "We are delighted that Potens have become an Official Supporter of Special Olympics GB. I know our athletes, clubs and regions around England, Scotland and Wales will be thrilled with this news."
Potens’ Chairman John Farragher, commented: "It is with a great sense of pride that we have commenced official sponsorship of the Special Olympics GB which gives people with learning disabilities a platform to show off their sporting talents and to be recognised for their achievements. We have long been supporters of the Olympics and will certainly be utilising this opportunity to further embrace and promote the healthy living, active lifestyles and mental wellbeing of both those we support in our services and our staff teams up and down the country.”
In addition, Special Olympics GB hosts over 100 local and regional all ability, inclusive sports competitions throughout the year, as well as National events annually. The next key event being the very special 40th Anniversary Games, hosted by Special Olympics Scotland, which will be held in Stirling, Scotland in August 2018.
Special Olympics GB relies on funding and support from individuals, companies, charitable trusts and foundations like Potens. This support is crucial to sustain this work and for their successful growth to reach every adult and child with a learning disability through sport.
To find out more about Special Olympics GB, the work they do and how you can get involved go to: https://www.specialolympicsgb.org.uk/
For further information, please contact
Chris Hull – Special Olympics GB
Notes to editor:
* Special Olympics GB is a charity and the largest provider of a year-round sports programme in Great Britain and supports over 10,000 people of all abilities with intellectual (learning) disabilities. Across, England, Scotland and Wales, approximately 27,000 regular sports coaching sessions of at least one hour are delivered locally each year by 140 accredited programmes across 28 different sports.
*This coaching activity leads to an annual average of 100 all ability, inclusive sports competitions. Its competition pathways make Special Olympics Great Britain unique within the disability sports sector as it provides for athletes of all abilities, opportunities to compete and progress at local, regional, national and international levels. This extensive programme is led by over 4,000 dedicated volunteers in a variety of sports coaching, administrative, event, logistic, fundraising and supporting roles.
* For Special Olympics GB athletes, excellence is personal achievement, a reflection of reaching one’s maximum potential – a goal to which everyone can aspire. For those Special Olympics athletes who attain an elite level in their sport, we support a pathway into Paralympics and other elite competitions.
* Special Olympics GB is part of a global movement that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition to nearly 5 million children and adults with intellectual (learning) disabilities in more than 170 countries. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F Kennedy, Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities opportunities to realise their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and build friendships.
* Special Olympics is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as a member of the Olympic family. It is the only sports organisation authorised by the IOC to use the word ‘Olympics’ in its title.
* There are an estimated 1.5 million people (2% population) with an intellectual (learning) disability in Great Britain. The year-round sport provided by Special Olympics is important to people with learning disabilities because adults and children with intellectual disabilities tend to have poorer health and the many emotional and physical problems associated with inactivity.