Special Olympics Great Britain, the charity which helps children and adults with intellectual (learning) disabilities take part in year-round sports coaching and competition activities, has today received a huge funding boost from the government.
Special Olympics GB currently has 150 local clubs that serve 8,000 intellectually disabled athletes with the help of its dedicated army of 4,000 volunteers across England, Scotland and Wales.
Premier League football clubs could face legal action to force improvements in their “shocking” facilities for disabled supporters. Just two clubs, Swansea City and Leicester City, meet the minimum wheelchair places recommended by the Home Office’s green guide, with eight providing fewer than half.
England Learning Disability Coach Derek Morgan believes the upcoming tour of Australia will prove to be a valuable experience for a “really motivated” squad.
A 15-strong party, captained by Cheshire’s Chris Edwards (pictured, left) and led by Morgan and his assistants Andy Hill and Les Randall, will travel to Australia on Sunday morning to play two Twenty20 matches and four 40-over one-day games in the International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability series against Australia.