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Special Olympics' huge economic impact for Sheffield

28 February 2018

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An independent report and research conducted by Sheffield Hallam University shows that Sheffield received an economic boost of over £3million during August last year due to Special Olympics GB's National Games taking place in the city.

Richard Coleman, Principal Researcher of the Sport Industry Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University said: "An economic impact on Sheffield of £3.28m vindicates the decision to bring the Special Olympics GB National Games back to the city and is testament to the desire, time and resources committed by national and local agencies in delivering a wonderful sporting spectacle and celebration of the human spirit."

Chris Hull, Spokesman for Special Olympics GB, said: "We greatly value this report and the key findings that Special Olympics GB and our 2,600 athletes with learning disabilities competing at our National Games provided an additional stimulus to the city of Sheffield in excess of £3 million. This is great news for potential future hosting cities of our Special Olympics GB National Games held every four years. Not only can Special Olympics and our athletes provide events which are packed with the very best of human achievement and endeavour but they also give regions around the country a huge boost of energy, pride, inclusion and finance."

The Special Olympics GB National Games kicked-off with a spectacular Opening Ceremony at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane stadium on Tuesday 8th August 2017 complemented by four days of thrilling and uplifting sporting action. The Special Olympics GB National Games - which are held every four years - was the biggest disability multi-sports event in the country in 2017, with 2,600 athletes with learning disabilities from across England, Scotland and Wales taking part in 20 different sports across a dozen South Yorkshire venues.

This year, Special Olympics celebrates its 40th anniversary in Great Britain - founded in 1978. Special Olympics GB is a charity and the largest provider of a year-round sport in Great Britain supporting over 10,000 people 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 150 accredited programmes across 28 different sports.

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