Special Olympics GB National Games

Tuesday 8 August – Friday 11 August 2017

Special Olympics GB is thrilled to announce Opening Ceremony ticket sale arrangements and the entertainment line-up for the evening.

Iconic singer Tony Hadley will be headlining at the Opening Ceremony for Special Olympics National Games on the evening of Tuesday 8 August at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane Stadium.

The Opening Ceremony show will be hosted by three big name stars – Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter, Moto GP broadcaster Suzi Perry and football pundit Chris Kamara.

Additional entertainment on the night will be provided by the Rationale Theatre Company and will see local talented Yorkshire based artists including ‘Under the Stars’, ‘Team Power Stilts’, ‘Aim To Dance’, ‘Kansaze African Dancers’, ‘Chinese Lions Dance’, ‘Team Katalyst’ Dance & Gymnasts and the ‘ParaCheer’ Cheerleaders.

Also at Special Olympics GB’s Opening Ceremony will be James Toseland – former double World Superbikes Champion turned rock music artist – who  will be performing ‘We’ll Stop at Nothing’, the 2017 Official Special Olympics National Summer Games Anthem.  The song has been released with all profits going to the charity to support athletes with learning disability.  Link to Special Olympics National Summer Games Anthem: https://youtu.be/CLSSdYB3IEE

One of the key highlights on the night will also be the parade of 2,600 Special Olympics GB athletes from across England, Scotland and Wales – who will be competing in 20 sports across four days in Sheffield and South Yorkshire.

Buy tickets now at www.sufc.co.uk/special-olympics, or by calling 0114 2537 200. You can also get tickets in person from the Sheffield United FC Box Office at Bramall Lane.


Turnstiles Open – 3.30 pm

Athlete Parade begins – 5.00 pm followed by Opening Ceremony Show

Opening Ceremony Show concludes – 9.00 pm approx.


Adult – £8.00
Over 60/ Disabled – £6.00
Under 16/ Student – £5.00

Special Olympics GB’s National Games are to be held in Sheffield and South Yorkshire this August and will see in the region of 2,600 athletes with learning disabilities take part in 20 sports events.  Special Olympics GB’s tenth National Summer Games will be held for the second time in Sheffield – the first time was back in the steel city in 1993.

Special Olympics GB is the largest registered charity providing year round sports training and competition opportunities for people with intellectual (learning) disabilities.  The National Summer Games will open on Tuesday 8th August with a spectacular Opening Ceremony at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane – and will continue with four days of sport.

This is the largest disability sports event of 2017 and entry is free to the public for all the sporting action.

Special Olympics would like to make special mention to the Arts Council England, Sheffield United Football Club and Bank Of America Merrill Lynch for their specific support of the Opening Ceremony.

A list of the 20 sports at Special Olympics 2017 National Games include:

Football (Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park – SHUSP), Athletics (Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Centre – SHUCAS), Swimming (Ponds Forge International Sports Centre), Boccia (Ponds Forge International Sports Centre), Badminton (English Institute of Sport Sheffield – EISS), Table Tennis (English Institute of Sport Sheffield – EISS), Judo (English Institute of Sport Sheffield – EISS), Young Athletes ‘Come & Try’ (English Institute of Sport Sheffield – EISS), Powerlifting (Forge Valley Community School), MATP (English Institute of Sport Sheffield – EISS), Gym Rhythmic (Ice Sheffield), Gym Artistic (Ice Sheffield), Golf (Rother Valley Golf Club), Sailing (Pugneys Watersports Centre & Country Park), Basketball (All Saints Sports Centre), Netball (All Saints Sports Centre), Short Mat Bowls (Graves Health and Sports Centre), Tennis (Graves Health and Sports Centre), Ten Pin Bowling (Hollywood Bowl), Cycling (Forge Valley Community School), Equestrian (Parklands Equestrian Centre), Indoor Bowls (Doncaster Indoor Bowls Club).

For more information about the Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games 2017, please visit: www.sheffield2017.org.uk