Special Olympics GB is thrilled to announce Opening Ceremony ticket sale arrangements and the entertainment line-up for the evening.



Iconic singer Tony Hadley will be headlining at the Opening Ceremony for Special Olympics GB’s National Games on the evening of Tuesday 8th August at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane Stadium.

The Opening Ceremony show will be hosted by three big name stars - Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter, F1 broadcaster Suzi Perry and football pundit Chris Kamara.

Additional entertainment on the night will be provided by the Rationale Theatre Company and will see local talented Yorkshire based artists including  ‘Under the Stars’, ‘Team Power Stilts’, ‘Aim To Dance’, ‘Kansaze African Dancers’, ‘Chinese Lions Dance’, ‘Team Katalyst’ Dance & Gymnasts and the ‘ParaCheer’ Cheerleaders.

Also at Special Olympics GB’s Opening Ceremony will be James Toseland – former double World Superbikes Champion turned rock music artist – who  will be performing ‘We’ll Stop at Nothing’, the 2017 Official Special Olympics National Summer Games Anthem.  The song has been released with all profits going to the charity to support athletes with learning disability.  Link to Special Olympics National Summer Games Anthem: https://youtu.be/CLSSdYB3IEE

Ticket prices for the Opening Ceremony at Bramall Lane start from as little as £5.

The public can now access tickets to the Opening Ceremony at https://www.sufc.co.uk/special-olympics

Special Olympics GB’s National Games are to be held in Sheffield and South Yorkshire this August and will see in the region of 2,600 athletes with learning disabilities take part in 20 sports events.  Special Olympics GB’s tenth National Summer Games will be held for the second time in Sheffield – the first time was back in the steel city in 1993.

Special Olympics GB is the largest registered charity providing year round sports training and competition opportunities for people with intellectual (learning) disabilities.  The National Summer Games will open on Tuesday 8th August with a spectacular Opening Ceremony at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane – and will continue with four days of sport.

This is the largest disability sports event of 2017 and entry is free to the public for all the sporting action.

Special Olympics GB National Games

Opening Ceremony at Bramall Lane

Turnstiles Open – 3.30 pm

Athlete Parade begins – 5.00 pm followed by Opening Ceremony Show

Opening Ceremony Show concludes – 9.00 pm approx

Special Olympics would like to make special mention to the Arts Council England, Sheffield United Football Club and Bank Of America Merrill Lynch for their specific support of the Opening Ceremony.

Karen Wallin, CEO of Special Olympics GB said: “It is a tremendous line-up that we have with further announcements to come soon.  Ticket prices are at a very affordable level to ensure everyone who wants to come to the Opening Ceremony can make it.  Tickets prices start at just £5.”

Local Sheffield man Nathan Geering, who has been appointed as Opening Ceremony Artistic Director, commented: "Within this creative brief for Special Olympics GB’s Opening Ceremony, we are celebrating the artistry within athletes and the athleticism within artists.

“We are wanting to transform people's expectations of what can be achieved by both artists and athletes with learning disabilities.

“The Opening Ceremony will take a unique slant on Olympic events by enhancing them with artistic flair to inspire the nation to not only dream big but to fly high and achieve their dreams.

"We all have the right to love the life we live and to live the life we truly love.

"The Opening Ceremony will be filled with passion, emotion and inspiration to ignite a fire within all of us to achieve greatness."



A list of the 20 sports at Special Olympics 2017 National Games include:

Football (Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park - SHUSP), Athletics (Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Centre - SHUCAS), Swimming (Ponds Forge International Sports Centre), Boccia (Ponds Forge International Sports Centre), Badminton (English Institute of Sport Sheffield - EISS), Table Tennis (English Institute of Sport Sheffield - EISS), Judo (English Institute of Sport Sheffield - EISS), Young Athletes ‘Come & Try’ (English Institute of Sport Sheffield - EISS), Powerlifting (Forge Valley Community School), MATP (English Institute of Sport Sheffield - EISS), Gym Rhythmic (Ice Sheffield), Gym Artistic (Ice Sheffield), Golf (Rother Valley Golf Club), Sailing (Pugneys Watersports Centre & Country Park), Basketball (All Saints Sports Centre), Netball (All Saints Sports Centre), Short Mat Bowls (Graves Health and Sports Centre), Tennis (Graves Health and Sports Centre), Ten Pin Bowling (Hollywood Bowl), Cycling (Forge Valley Community School), Equestrian (Parklands Equestrian Centre), Indoor Bowls (Doncaster Indoor Bowls Club).


For more information about the Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games 2017, please visit: http://www.sheffield2017.org.uk

  • Special Olympics GB showpiece event held every 4 years
  • The largest disability sports event in Great Britain in 2017
  • 2,600 athletes
  • 4 days of competition
  • 800 coaches
  • 750 volunteers
  • 150 officials
  • 6,000 family & friends

All public are welcome to come and cheer on the athletes - entry is free of charge!


Our confirmed sponsors so far include:

Presenting Sponsors - Sheffield City Council, Coca Cola Company Foundation.‎

Games Partners - Stagecoach Yorkshire.

Games Sponsors - Coca Cola European Partners, Sheffield United Football Club.

Games Supporters - Speedo, Copthorne Sheffield, National Grid, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Lions, Xactium, SOS Group Ltd (Smart Office Systems), Henry Boot, Meadowhall, Sheffield Hallam University & Sheffield International Venues

Games Friends - Owlerton Stadium, ZiaBia, Glue.

For more information about the Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games 2017, please visit: http://www.sheffield2017.org.uk