Special Olympics GB National Summer Games Leicester, July 2009 <br />1. The Week<br />10,000 athletes, carers & coaches o...
2. The Research<br />History/Observation/Interviews/Surveys<br />1. Interviews with Hosts, Organisers & SOGB<br />2. Obser...
3. The Findings <br />Successes <br />Meaningful for athletes in competitive, sociability, self-esteem & health terms<br /...
4. The Lessons & the Future<br />‘Crisis’ of funding & support for future hosts<br />Planning for legacy – ‘joined up’ thi...
Race and Local Sport in Britain Highfield Rangers (1987)<br />
Multiculturalism & Change in UK Sport<br />1.  Leicester – successful multi-cultural city<br />Pop 300,000. 40% BME (incl ...
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Prof. Richard Holt, Author and Professor, De Montfort University, Leicester

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

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