Fuller’s reveals Special Olympics GB as new charity partner
Fuller’s is proud to announce that we will be helping to raise funds each year for Special Olympics Great Britain. The new partnership started in August 2018 and Fuller’s is aiming to raise around £150,000 each year for this great charity.
Special Olympics Great Britain provides opportunities for year-round, all-ability sports programmes for more than 10,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities.
According to figures provided by Special Olympics, there are 1.5 million children and adults with an intellectual disability in Great Britain. It is the most common disability in the UK and is predicted to grow by 14% by 2021.
The figures also stated that one in three people with an intellectual disability are obese, and more than 80 percent of adults with Intellectual disabilities do not achieve recommended levels of physical activity.
Children with an intellectual disability are often socially excluded, and eight out of 10 are bullied.
The need for Special Olympics Great Britain
Thanks to Special Olympics Great Britain, more than 25,000 regular sports coaching sessions take place across England, Scotland and Wales each year.
This coaching leads to an average of 100 all-ability, inclusive sports competitions annually, and provides athletes of all abilities opportunities to compete and progress at local, regional, national and international levels.
Special Olympics Great Britain Chairman Murton Mann said: “Using sport, Special Olympics Great Britain will empower children and adults with an intellectual disability to enhance their health and wellbeing, develop as individuals and feel equal and valued.”
For Special Olympics athletes, participation can provide a gateway to empowerment, competence, acceptance and joy.
Special Olympics Athlete Jamie Kelly said: “Special Olympics means that I get the chance to prove that having a disability does not stop you from succeeding to do things. It has given me self-respect and taught me not to be ashamed of my disability.”
“Special Olympics means that I get the chance to prove that having a disability does not stop you from succeeding to do things. It has given me self-respect and taught me not to be ashamed of my disability.” - Special Olympics Athlete Jamie Kelly.
Supporting the Special Olympics
The Special Olympics Great Britain programme is led by more than 4,000 dedicated volunteers in a variety of sports coaching, administrative, event, logistic, fundraising and supporting roles.
Fuller’s will be undertaking a range of fundraising activities to raise the target amount of £150,000 each year to help transform lives through sport.
To find out more about Special Olympics Great Britain, or to express your support, visit Special Olympics Great Britain.