Special Olympics GB & Stagecoach Yorkshire officials celebrate the new partnership. From left to right the Stagecoach Yorkshire representatives are:
Alan Greenway, Driving Instructor, Pat Beighton, Inspector & John Young, Commercial Director
Special Olympics Great Britain has announced a new partnership with bus operator Stagecoach for its National Games in Sheffield later this year.
The leading bus company will become a Games Partner and provide daily transport for around 3,000 competitors and their sports coaches between their event accommodation and the 13 sports venues during the games, which are taking place in Sheffield between 7th and 12th August 2017.
Held every four years, the flagship Special Olympics GB National Summer Games is the country’s largest multi-sports event for athletes with intellectual (learning) disabilities.
This National Summer Games – the tenth in the history of Special Olympics GB – will see athletes compete in 20 sports including Judo, Athletics, Sailing, Football and Tennis – full list below.
John Young, Commercial Director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, which is leading on the delivery of the operation. said: “We’re really proud to be supporting the 2017 Special Olympics GB National Games.
“To help make travel easier for the regional delegations, we will be providing dedicated transport across all four days of the event. This will include up to 35 buses to and from the various local sports venues and accommodation.
“This is a really important event for Sheffield and will help put the City on the map. There are so many fantastic facilities in the area and the games will shine a light on everything the area has to offer.”
Karen Wallin, CEO of Special Olympics GB, commented: “We are delighted and so grateful for this support from Stagecoach.
“They will be making sure all participants have a fabulous experience during the games in Sheffield by ensuring safe and prompt travel throughout the city and will help make this our most successful event yet!”
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).
For more information about Stagecoach, visit www.stagecoachbus.com or follow @stagecoachyrks on Twitter.