About The Games

Special Olympics Great Britain is delighted to have chosen the great city of Sheffield to host our 10th National Games from Monday 7 August until Saturday 12 August 2017.

It will be the largest sports event to take place in GB for people with an intellectual (learning) disability.  They are a major undertaking involving many months of planning, organisation and fundraising.  They involve the recruitment and training of a large number of volunteers and officials.

This will be the second time that the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games have been held in Sheffield – the last time was in 1993.

Why Are The Games Important?

  • The Games gives athletes with an intellectual (learning) disability the opportunity to achieve and to demonstrate their abilities to the community.
  • The event will attract around 2,600 athletes with intellectual (learning) disabilities from across England, Scotland and Wales. Athletes will compete in a variety of sports.
  • Through participation in this large national competition, people with an intellectual (learning) disability will acquire the confidence and social and life skills that will help their inclusion in society.
  • The games offer people the opportunity to give back to the community and make a difference when coaching, officiating and volunteering at the event.
  • Over 4 days of competition will supported by 800 coaches and 750 volunteers and 150 officials.
  • We will welcome over 5,000 family members and friends to the stands to cheer on and celebrate our athletes.

Who Are We?

We are, Special Olympics GB, the largest registered charity providing year-round sports training and competition opportunities for people with intellectual (learning) disabilities.  The National Games is our showpiece event held every four years for our athletes, families and supporters.

Click here to find out more about Special Olympics GB.

The Games Opening Ceremony

Sheffield United’s famous and world-class Bramall Lane stadium will be venue for the Opening Ceremony to take place on Tuesday 8 August 2017.

Details of tickets for the opening ceremony will appear on the website shortly.

“This is great news to announce when the club is celebrating the 160th anniversary of its stadium. We are thrilled that Bramall Lane has been chosen to host the showpiece opening ceremony of Special Olympics GB’s National Summer Games.”
Dave McCarthy, Sheffield United Operations Director
“The stadium will be a great place for people from Sheffield and beyond to attend and get right behind this impressive event which will have a real impact when it is held in Sheffield in August 2017.”
Karen Wallin, CEO Special Olympics GB