Special Olympics

The Special Olympics National Summer Games in Leicester Need You!

Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt!
Oath of the Special Olympic Athletes

From 25th -31st July 2009 Leicester will be the host City to athletes from all over England, Scotland and Wales. This competition will show everyone the great skills, competitive spirit and ability of athletes with a learning disability. Preparations have begun so we are ready to welcome the 2,700 athletes with learning disabilities – people with abilities – from all over Great Britain during the summer of 2009. During the Games 2,700 athletes from 18 regions will compete in 21 sports in venues across Leicester and in Rutland.

The Games will open with a spectacular Olympics style ceremony in the Walkers Football Stadium on Saturday 25th July 2009. A cultural events programme celebrating Leicester’s unique cultural and sporting heritage will also form part of the build up and celebratory activities to welcome the many visitors to the Games. And a Games Village is planned on an area surrounding the Walkers Stadium. This traffic free area will be a centre of entertainment for athletes and will offer a range of day time entertainment and facilities.

Putting on this event is an exciting and demanding challenge and an important part of the success of the event depends on the contribution made by each of the 1500 volunteers needed, as it is they who become the face, heart and soul of the Games.

So, the search is on to recruit the 1,500 volunteers needed to help run Leicester’s Special Olympics. Could that be you?!

Volunteering for the Special Olympics Leicester is co-ordinated by Voluntary Action Leicester (VAL). VAL welcomes volunteers who have previous experience of volunteering, but also those who don’t. The main requirements are willingness, enthusiasm and commitment to a task.

Preference will be given to those potential volunteers who live in the Leicester area, but volunteers may also apply if they live in any part of Great Britain. All volunteers will need to have a Criminal Records Bureau record check before their volunteering duties begin, which the organisers will arrange. And volunteers should let them know about any particular health issues that may affect the type of volunteering tasks you can do.

Preference will also be given to volunteers who can commit to volunteer throughout the whole games: 25th July – 31st July 2009, but if you can offer any time at all they would still like to hear from you.

To find out more you can contact Debbie Kramer, Creative Support Service Manager in Leicester, who has already been accepted as a volunteer and will be an official ‘hugger’ as competitors cross the finish line. You can contact her at the Leicester office on 01162 367653 or by e-mail:

You can also visit the Special Olympics website at: and the VAL Special Olympics volunteering website at:



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