Wolverhampton – the footballing home of legendary players Billy Wright and Steve Bull – will inspire around 70 young footballers from local schools with and without intellectual (learning) disabilities next Wednesday 5th July.
The young athletes will be participating in this showcase Special Olympics GB Unified Football Tournament which will take place through Wolverhampton at The City of Wolverhampton University, Walsall Campus.
This Unified Football event is part of a three year Special Olympics GB project with support and association with Thierry Henry’s One4All Foundation and Youth Sport Trust.
The goal of this event is to encourage more young people, with and without intellectual disabilities, to play ‘Unified football’ and in doing so promote a healthy and active lifestyle.
Karen Wallin, Special Olympics GB CEO, said: “Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team.
“It is inspired by a simple principle that training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship, inclusion and understanding.
“Special Olympics and Thierry Henry’s One4All Foundation – together with Youth Sport Trust – want to encourage mainstream and specialist schools to better work together to break down barriers for those with intellectual disabilities.
“Tackling self-confidence issues – a significant barrier to employment – and improving leadership skills are central aims.
“Unified Football is a key emphasis of the Play Unified campaign where young people with and without intellectual disabilities train and play sport together as equals.
“By confronting these existing issues in education, communities and the workplace can we truly create a unified generation.”
Schools taking part are:
Westcroft Special School – Jane Lane School – Haughton Special School – Cherry Trees Special School
Holy Trinity Primary – Busill Jones Primary – Radleys Primary – Rakegate Primary – Corpus Christie
For more information, please contact Helen Bourton, the Partnerships and School Sport Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org