Story added: 17th August 2017
The Foundation's Pan Disability squad represent the Eastern region
Participants from the Community Sports Foundation’s (CSF) Pan Disability team travelled to Sheffield last week to compete in Special Olympics GB’s tenth National Summer Games.
The event, held every four years, gives children and adults with intellectual (learning) disabilities the opportunity to showcase their abilities to the local community.
Three teams made up of players from Norfolk, Hertfordshire and Essex represented the Eastern region at the games in a series of football fixtures. ‘Eastern 2’ claimed silver while ‘Eastern 1’ and ‘Eastern 3′ finished 4th and 6th in their group respectively.
The group attended the spectacular opening ceremony at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane stadium and had the chance to compete at the Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park, which is also used by Rotherham United.
The four-day competition attracted around 2,600 athletes and over 5,000 spectators from across England, Scotland and Wales.
CSF Disability Development Manager Darren Hunter commented:
“It was a truly unforgettable experience for the squad; they have had some great opportunities and experiences and made some long-lasting memories.
“The games have allowed the teams to compete at a national level, experience the personal achievement this brings as well as make friends, travel and socialise.
“I’d like to thank the Norwich City Fans Social Club who raised funds to pay for the squad to go the games.”