17th March 2017
Special Olympics Great Britain is delighted to confirm that Sheffield based company Xactium will become an Official Supporter for the showpiece 2017 National Games in Sheffield later this year. Xactium is a software company that is providing innovative risk management IT systems for household brands in the UK and Europe.
Held every four years, the flagship Special Olympics GB National Summer Games is the country’s largest disability sports event in 2017. The Games are for athletes with intellectual (learning) disabilities. This National Summer Games is the tenth in the history of Special Olympics GB and will see around 2,600 athletes compete in 20 sports - including Judo, Table Tennis, Athletics, Badminton, Golf, Sailing, Football and Tennis – across over a dozen Sheffield and South Yorkshire venues.
Andy Evans, Xactium CEO, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the 2017 Special Olympics GB National Games in our home city of Sheffield. Making a difference to our own community and encouraging equal opportunities have always been core values in our business and we are proud to be promoting the diversity and positivity the Games will bring about. Our target as a company is to raise £5000 and as you can see from the picture, we are half way there, with several fundraising events planned in the coming months to reach this target."
Karen Wallin, CEO of Special Olympics GB, commented: “We are thrilled to have signed up Xactium as a supporter of the Special Olympics National Games. It is a huge boost to have businesses based in Sheffield supporting the Games. Xactium’s support will ensure the National Games are a success for the City and the Special Olympics GB athletes.”
A list of the 20 sports and the venues at Special Olympics 2017 National Games include:
Football (Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park - SHUSP), Athletics (Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Centre - SHUCAS), Swimming (Ponds Forge International Sports Centre), Boccia (Ponds Forge International Sports Centre), Badminton (English Institute of Sport Sheffield - EISS), Table Tennis (English Institute of Sport Sheffield - EISS), Judo (English Institute of Sport Sheffield - EISS), Young Athletes ‘Come & Try’ (English Institute of Sport Sheffield - EISS), Powerlifting (Forge Valley Community School), MATP (English Institute of Sport Sheffield - EISS), Gym Rhythmic (Ice Sheffield), Gym Artistic (Ice Sheffield), Golf (Rother Valley Golf Club), Sailing (Pugneys Watersports Centre & Country Park), Basketball (All Saints Sports Centre), Netball (All Saints Sports Centre), Short Mat Bowls (Graves Health and Sports Centre), Tennis (Graves Health and Sports Centre), Ten Pin Bowling (Hollywood Bowl), Cycling (Forge Valley Community School), Equestrian (Parklands Equestrian Centre), Indoor Bowls (Doncaster Indoor Bowls Club).
There are various sponsor packages to suit budgets of companies from the Sheffield region and beyond. To discuss how your company, employees, customers and clients can get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Our confirmed sponsors so far include:
Presenting Sponsors - Sheffield City Council, Sport England.
Games Partners - Stagecoach Yorkshire.
Games Sponsors - Coca Cola European Partners, Sheffield United Football Club.
Games Supporters - Speedo, Copthorne Sheffield, National Grid, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Lions, Xactium, Smart Office Systems.
Games Friends - Owlerton Stadium, ZiaBia, Glue.
For more information about the Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games 2017, please visit: http://www.sheffield2017.org.uk
For more information on Xactium please click here: http://www.xactium.com/
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 the late 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.
* Special Olympics Great Britain is a registered charity and is generously supported annually by Founding Partner Coca-Cola Great Britain and Official Partners and Supporters: National Grid, Coca Cola Enterprises, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, The Geoff & Fiona Squire Foundation, Lions Clubs International (MD105) and CMS Cameron McKenna.
* 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.
For further information please contact
Special Olympics GB