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Prof. Richard Holt, Author and Professor, De Montfort University, Leicester
Prof. Richard Holt, Author and Professor, De Montfort University, Leicester
Prof. Richard Holt, Author and Professor, De Montfort University, Leicester
Prof. Richard Holt, Author and Professor, De Montfort University, Leicester
Prof. Richard Holt, Author and Professor, De Montfort University, Leicester
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Prof. Richard Holt, Author and Professor, De Montfort University, Leicester

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  • 1.
  • 2. 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
  • 3. 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)
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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
  • 6. Race and Local Sport in Britain Highfield Rangers (1987)
  • 7. 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?

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