Sheffield prepares for Special Olympics taster event

Organisers have prepared for this weekend’s taster event in the build up to this summer’s Special Olympics.

In preparation to Sheffield hosting the event in August, the Special Olympics South Yorkshire Partnership is encouraging those with intellectual disabilities to try a range of new sports.

The event, which is being held at the English Institute of Sport, will feature tasters in athletics, basketball, cricket, football, judo, tennis and table tennis.

George Powdrill, of Special Olympics South Yorkshire, said: “It is a great opportunity for the individuals involved, as the opportunities aren’t always accessible or they aren’t made aware of them”.

With clubs and coaches in attendance running sessions, organisers hope that visitors will create and discuss connections which will keep them active.

The event organisers, the Special Olympics South Yorkshire Partnership, are a network of sports clubs who are working together to increase participation opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities in the region.

The partnership boasts over 40 members including Sheffield United Football Club, Yorkshire Sport Foundation and Disability Sport Yorkshire, and is nationally recognised by Special Olympics GB as a delivery network for the summer games.

Mr Powdrill also said: “The event is specifically important to the Special Olympics, as the summer games for Great Britain are being held in Sheffield, and this is the beginning of creating a legacy and a presence within Sheffield and the local area.”

The event will take place between 9:30am and 4pm on Sunday March 26, with friends and families also welcome to attend.

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