31 Jan 2017
Bus operator to provide free travel for 2,600 competitors
The Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB) National Games have announced a new partnership with bus operator Stagecoach.
The leading bus company will provide free transport to 2,600 athletes between the event accommodation and the venues during the games, which are taking place in Sheffield between 7 and 12 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 National Summer Games will see athletes compete in 20 sports across a dozen venues.
John Young, Commercial Director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, which is leading on the delivery of the operation said: “We’re really proud to be supporting the Special Olympics GB National Games.
“To help make travel easier for the athletes, we will be providing dedicated transport to and from the games across all four days of the event. This will include up to 35 buses to and from the various local venues.
“This is a really important event for Sheffield and will help put the city on the map. There are so many fantastic facilities in the area and the games will shine a light on everything the area has to offer.”
Karen Wallin, CEO of Special Olympics GB, commented: “We are delighted and grateful for this support from Stagecoach.
“They will be making sure our 2,600 athletes have a fabulous experience during the games in Sheffield 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 http://sheffield2017.org.uk/.