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Special Olympics team on road to medal-winning travel

08 Aug 2017

Special Olympics team on road to ‘medal-winning travel’


 Watch the video - Martin Griffith greet athletes at the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics 2017

The Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB) team will be on the road to ‘medal-winning travel’ as the National Games come to Sheffield this week - with Stagecoach providing free transport to 2,600 athletes.


As Games Partner, bus operator Stagecoach has drafted in 20 extra drivers and 20 additional vehicles from Manchester and the East Midlands to join the Yorkshire team, as well as providing supervisor staff to complement its own team of local driving staff and supervisors, throughout the Special Olympics.


The leading bus operator will provide transport between the athletes’ event accommodation and the dozen venues across the city hosting the games which take place this week until 11 August.


Held every four years, the flagship SOGB National Summer Games is the country’s largest multi-sports event for athletes with intellectual (learning) disabilities.  


Now in its tenth year, the Games will see athletes compete in 20 sports, including football at Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park, swimming and boccia at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, and badminton, table tennis and judo at English Institute of Sport Sheffield – EISS.


John Young, Commercial Director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “We’re really proud to be helping make travel easier for the Special Olympics athletes by providing reliable and efficient transport to and from the games.


“As well as securing additional resources, we have been busy training and briefing our staff for this exciting challenge to ensure we deliver a medal-winning travel experience for all the athletes.”


Karen Wallin, CEO of Special Olympics GB, said: “We are delighted and grateful for this support from Stagecoach.


“They will be making sure our athletes have a fabulous experience during the games by ensuring their safe travel throughout the city.


“This is a seminal year for the games as we celebrate ten years and we’re sure this will be our most successful event yet!”


For further details about the Special Olympics GB National Games, visit