Sheffield has won its bid to host Special Olympics GB’s 2017 National Summer Games, taking place from 7 to 11 August.
SIV Events will be delivering the Games in partnership with Sheffield City Council, Marketing Sheffield, the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, South Yorkshire Sport and Activity Sheffield.
This will be the second time the multi-sports event has been held in Sheffield. The last time was 1993.
The event is expected to attract 2,000 athletes, 500 voluntary coaches, 500 volunteers and an estimated 5,000 family members.
Venues for the Games will include SIV’s Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Concord Sports Centre, Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre and the English Institute of Sport Sheffield.
“We are incredibly proud to be bringing this inspirational event to our venues in Sheffield,” said Dom Stokes, GM of SIV Events. “Our facilities and track record in delivering major, international conferences and sporting events was key to securing the National Summer Games.
“With thousands of athletes, officials, volunteers and spectators expected in the city for the six-day event, we estimate the economic benefit of hosting the Games in Sheffield will be around £1.5m,” he added.
In this country, Special Olympics Great Britain serves more than 8,000 registered athletes annually through almost 150 volunteer-led local clubs and 19 regions.
Karen Wallin, Special Olympics GB’s CEO, said: “We are thrilled to be heading back to Sheffield. We are looking forward to the support of the local people and businesses of Sheffield as this very significant sporting event will require a large amount of assistance and energy.”
In other Sheffield-related news, The Mercure Sheffield Parkway hotel is now re-open following a refurbishment. The hotel offers meeting and event facilities for up to 150 delegates.
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