Are you a sports fans with a heart willing to make a difference in your community?

March 20, 2012 1:04 PM

aLiberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central Jenny Willott is encouraging sports fans in cardiff Central to attend become Unified Sports® Coaches, by attending the free Unified Sports® Seminar at the Sport Wales National Centre, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Saturday 31st March 2012.

Special Olympics Great Britain is running a nationwide search for sports fans with a heart willing to make a difference in their community. With the whole country sports-mad with the Olympics, the national charity is hoping to create a new generation of coaches for the future with six free Unified Sports® Seminars held across Great Britain in Cardiff (31/03), Birmingham (21/04), Middlesbrough (12/05), London (26/05), Glasgow (09/06) and Runcorn (23/06).

Unified Sports® breaks down social barriers between people with disabilities and those without, both on and off the field of play. By creating mixed teams, the scheme promotes social interaction and full inclusion. It teaches young people through sport that being different is okay.

Jason Cornwell, Special Olympics GB Football and Unified Sports® Manager comments "It's a great opportunity to give children and adults with learning disabilities a sporting chance. Most people have never met someone with a learning disability. These seminars and the Unified Sports® programme will change the way communities think about people who are different."

The Unified Sports® football programme was launched in 2008 at the House of Commons with England Ladies Football coach Hope Powell and Sir Matthew Pinsent and has continued to grow over the years to now include more than 600 participants.

Last month, Special Olympics GB sponsor Coca-Cola launched a national Unified Sports® initiative with NBA and England Basketball legend John Amaechi to expand the Unified Sports® programme into other team sports including basketball, table tennis, tennis, badminton (doubles) and sailing delivered through sport centres, clubs and communities all over the country.

Coca-Cola is the only Olympic Worldwide partner to sponsor all three Olympic movements. Coca-Cola GB believes that helping to expand the Unified Sports® programme will inspire a legacy of increased grassroots sports participation and make it easier for people with learning disabilities to take part and compete in sport in their communities.

The Unified Sports® Seminars are free to Sports Fans eager to coach or get involved, as well as current team sports coaches, sports development officers and managers, sports leaders, club and group leaders, National Governing Body representatives (either national, regional or local), and Local Authority representatives.

Saturday 31st March - Sport Wales National Centre, Sophia Gardens, CF11 9SW

Contacts:

To RSVP or for more information:

Jason Cornwell

Jason.cornwell@sogb.org.uk

Direct Dial: 020 7375 7616

+44 (0) 07500 969 343

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