Play Unified

“All our lives we have been called idiots and made to feel like idiots by peers. Today has shown us we are definitely not idiots, and we need to get out there and show everyone our abilities”
Group of Young Ambassadors, Durham summit

Play Unified is a Special Olympics global campaign inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to understanding, acceptance and friendship, breaking down the barriers that exist for people with intellectual disabilities. The sports in focus for the Play Unified campaign will be basketball and football.

Play Unified is aimed at young people aged 14-25 and will be delivered in partnership with Special Olympics GB, by the Youth Sport Trust in 200 schools across the country over the next two years. The campaign is funded by DCMS, and will be jointly administered by DCMS and Sport England.

With young people at the heart of the campaign, Play Unified will mobilise and empower young people to make changes in their schools and communities - creating a “Unified Generation” - who in turn, will help shape the world into one in which respect, tolerance and equality prevail. 

The campaign aims to make a difference and help create more unified and just communities all around the world and will see over 18,000 young people involved across Great Britain creating a generation that is inspired and mobilised to fight the critical problems in the world - inactivity, intolerance and injustice.

A series of nationwide Special Olympics GB Play Unified Regional Youth Summits will be delivered by Youth Sport Trust. These Summits will provide a platform for young people to understand and value their peers with intellectual disabilities. They will empower young people with and without disabilities to become leaders in their schools, creating positive change in their schools and more opportunities for young people to take part in sport.

For further information, please contact Victoria Wells, Programme Manager, victoria.wells@youthsporttrust.org 

For more information on how to get involved please click here.