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The Special Olympics July 25th to July 31st Leicester

This summer the Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games are to be held in Leicester between 25th –31st July. This is a major sporting scoop for the city as over 2,700 athletes, all with some degree of learning disability, will come to the city together with their coaches,1,200 of them, their families and friends and be supported by 1,500 local volunteers. It’s going to make the front pages of the national dailies not just the Leicester Mercury!

In Barrow we’re fortunate as we’re near enough to go to watch the events ourselves and apart from the opening ceremony on 25th July at 6.30pm (£5 adults, £3 concessions, £1 children) they are all completely free. There are 21 different sports to watch: athletics, badminton, boccia, bowling, cycling, equestrian, football, golf, gymnastics, judo, Kayaking, Kwik cricket, MATP, netball, sailing, power-lifting, swimming, tabletennis, tenpin bowling and tennis. The events are spread around the city taking place in venues such as the County Cricket Club, Leicester City Football Club, Rutland Water, Abbey Park and various university sports stadiums.

There is a wealth of information, and a draft timetable for each day of the week on view at the Special Olympics website www.sol2009.com Cycling is one of the first events of the games as the cyclists get going from Abbey Park at 10am on 25th July. You could watch them leave. The atmosphere will be tremendous.