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Special Olympics GB launches new 2021-2024 Strategic Plan

Almost 19 million people in Great Britain have a connection to or aware of someone with an intellectual disability. Special Olympics GB aims to transform the lives of the 1.5 million people who live with an intellectual disability in Great Britain through sport.  

Its new four-year strategy called 'Inclusion in Action' is based on Sustainability, Growth, Advocacy and Influence.

Its objectives are: 
  • Develop an effective delivery environment
  • Grow participation to record Great Britain levels
  • Tell more athlete stories
  • Generate sustainable and diverse fund-raising 


Video: Who better to tell you about the new strategy than Special Olympics GB athletes, volunteers and partners who are at the heart of the organisation and demonstrate inclusion in action in everything they do.

Michelle Carney, CEO of Special Olympics GB said: “We will only achieve true inclusion when we listen to the voices of our athletes. They are the best advocates of the difference that Special Olympics makes in people’s lives. Our role is to create environments and platforms where they can share their inspiring and courageous stories. We are committed to advocating for our Special Olympics athletes, so they are treated fairly, and we believe bidding to host a World Games in 2027 or 2031 will ensure that our athletes are treated with the same level of importance as their Olympic and Paralympics counterparts.

“But we cannot do this on our own. As the UK slowly starts to get back to normal after Covid-19, we call upon the UK Government, business and society to help us use sport as a vehicle to build on the increased connection and awareness younger generations have with intellectual disabilities. 98% of those who are aware of Special Olympics GB think we are an inspirational organisation – and that is all down to the achievements of our amazing athletes.

“Sport has the power to unite people like nothing else and the positive effect of sport on people’s lives is well documented. The statistics around disability sport make for somber reading. 
  • 44% of people with a learning disability took part in less than 30 minutes of exercise a week
  • 81% of disabled people would like to be more active
  • 77% of young disabled adults (18-34) feel lonely

"I could go on. I wholeheartedly believe Special Olympics GB is perfectly positioned to be a pivotal driver of societal change and transform lives of people with intellectual disabilities for good – on and off the field of play.  We are excited about our journey ahead and the transformation we can continue to make through sport, with joy, friendship, laughter, fun and kindness at the heart of everything we do. This is Special Olympics Great Britain. This is Inclusion in Action.”

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Published
10.06.2021