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24th October, 2014

Special Olympics Great Britain can offer a very special package of opportunities to a new Lead Sponsor

Special Olympics Great Britain, the country's largest disability sports charity - providing year-round sport for people with intellectual (learning) disabilities - is seeking a new lead sponsor.

National Grid, who have been the charity's Premier Partner since 2007, are re-aligning their sponsorship strategy with Special Olympics GB to become a second tier sponsor. National Grid's programme has exceeded all expectations.

More than 600 of the company's employees have volunteered their time to support the charity. Plus, 78% of volunteers feel that the Special Olympics GB volunteer programme makes National Grid a better place to work and 100% feel inclined to support future Special Olympics events, based on a National Grid internal survey.

Special Olympics GB has just enjoyed unprecedented media coverage for a sports disability charity through its team that recently attended this summer's European Games. BBC and ITV national and regional television provided continuous coverage, along with Radio 2 and Radio 4 features, regional features on athletes and huge amount of social media and online exposure.

Special Olympics GB is gearing up for another high-profile year with a team of over 100 athletes heading to Los Angeles next year for the World Games - hosted by Games Honorary Chair President Barack Obama and the First Lady.

There are currently 150 Special Olympics clubs across Great Britain, run by more than 4,000 volunteers who support the 8,000 athletes benefitting from our ongoing sports training and competition programme. Most corners of the UK have been involved in one way or another with sporting legacy activity following 2012, but none of this legacy activity has directly targeted the largest population of disabled people in the country - children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics has a plan. A big plan. To grow the number of athletes we can support from 8,000 to 15,000 by 2017".

Each Special Olympics partnership package is individually structured to best meet a company's objectives and that of Special Olympics GB.

Partnership packages include key activation areas -

     Rights of association


     Access to events, medal ceremonies and a range of sports

     Sampling and promotional opportunities

     Competitions and associated programmes

     Branding and PR opportunities

     Local community engagement

     Employee volunteering and customer involvement

     National fundraising events and activation".

CEO Karen Wallin says: "The aim of Special Olympics Great Britain is to transform the lives of people with intellectual (learning) disabilities through sport.

"We are the only organisation in the UK to offer a year-round programme of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing opportunities for them to develop their physical skills and confidence, adapt to a healthier lifestyle and become inclusive members of their community.

"We aim to integrate health, wellbeing, education and social inclusion into all of our programmes and strands of work".

To request further information and discuss what potential options there might be for your company to get involved, just get in touch.


Contact: Karen Wallin, CEO

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