Three years of planning by Leicester Conferences culminated, 24-31 July, in one of the biggest events the city has ever seen, the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games 2009.
Oadby Student Village at the University piped welcomed the 3,500 athletes and coaches to arrive from Scotland on 24 July and Leicester City’s Walkers Stadium hosted the event’s opening ceremony which was attended by Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.
Twenty-one sporting venues throughout the Leicestershire region hosted activities.
The University organised all accommodation and catering for the athletes, coaches and carers and Leicester Conferences conference sales and marketing manager Trevor Miller says: “Seeing the athletes finally arriving after so much planning was a truly remarkable moment. The University hosted the Special Olympics GB Summer Games back in 1989 and many of those arriving commented that it’s great to be back.”
Miller says catering staff will have served over 17,500 breakfasts and evening meals within the Oadby dining halls and Charles Wilson Building, City Campus. While lunchtimes involved the distribution of over 30,000 individually prepared packed lunches to the 21 venues.