Special Olympics GB National Summer Games Leicester, July 2009 1. The Week 10,000 athletes, carers & coaches over 21 sports Record 25,000 spectators at Opening Ceremony Games media coverage: aggregate 97.5m. reach nationwide & over 300m. in build-up Leicestershire’s economic boost : £2.8 mill. Games Volunteers: 1500; 39% of new recruits from BME backgrounds; 81 with learning disability; 30 young offenders
2. The Research History/Observation/Interviews/Surveys 1. Interviews with Hosts, Organisers & SOGB 2. Observations & 116 on-site interviews 75 Visitors, 41 Locals: 16/21 sports 3. Surveys of Heads of Delegation, Volunteers, Games Families 4. Three on-street public surveys at six-monthly interviews before, during & after the Games (919 respondents)
3. The Findings Successes Meaningful for athletes in competitive, sociability, self-esteem & health terms Meaningful for carers & families: ‘a time out’ Volunteer impact – over 1,000 recruited locally. Trained; diverse; committed; engaged Professional development for hosts Positive local public response The media & learning disability agenda: BBC East Midlands Today: 10 mins. 51 seconds ITV Central Tonight: 34 mins. 32 seconds
4. The Lessons & the Future ‘Crisis’ of funding & support for future hosts Planning for legacy – ‘joined up’ thinking Uneven spread & ‘mono-culture’ of SOGB Exclusion of learning disability athletes/carers Lack of integration of SOGB & L/D sport into the landscape of local provision The future of Special Olympics in Europe? The Challenge: Maximising inclusion, resources & the impact of volunteers in learning disability sport
Race and Local Sport in Britain Highfield Rangers (1987)
Multiculturalism & Change in UK Sport 1. Leicester – successful multi-cultural city Pop 300,000. 40% BME (incl 5% African-Carib) 2. Establishing Highfield Rangers 1970-90s Positive focus for local Black male youth Race riots of 1981. State subsidies for sport Success in local competitions follows 3. The Challenges of Multi-culturalism 1990s- Changing demographics; new arrivals. Elite black players leave as integration progresses Withdrawal of club funding Changing character of the club today?