Play Unified is a Special Olympics global campaign inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to understanding, acceptance and friendship, breaking down the barriers that exist for people with intellectual disabilities. The sports in focus for the Play Unified campaign will be basketball and football.

Play Unified is aimed at young people aged 14-25 and will be delivered in partnership with Special Olympics GB, by the Youth Sport Trust in 200 schools across the country over the next two years. The campaign is funded by DCMS, and will be jointly administered by DCMS and Sport England.

Unified Sports

Sitting within Play Unified is a project called Unified Sports which puts people with and without disability on the same field of play and sits wholly within the goal of creating a greater understanding of people with intellectual disabilities and their ability and aspirations.  The Unified Sports project is bringing together 80 schools (both special schools and secondary mainstream schools) to work collaboratively in order to deliver school-based Unified Sports programmes.  Unified Sports will be supported by Thierry Henry’s One4ALL Foundation.

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Your School Games

Unified Basketball and Unified Football are new School Games (#SGsport) Sports which puts people with and without disability on same field of play with @YourSchoolGames!

It's all about #understanding, letting people with learning disability show their real #ability and giving them the space and chance to #aspire! Once you give a person with a learning disability a sporting chance, you and they will not look back!

Photo Gallery

Click the image below to see photos of the Play Unified Summits.


Video Gallery - Sport England 

Click the image below to watch the Play Unified video.




For further information, please contact

Victoria Wells, Programme Manager, 

For more information on how to get involve please click here.

Follow this campaign on Twitter: #PlayUnified  #UnifiedSports