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This message has been sent to all volunteers and officials who have started the registration process for the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games 2017. 
Edition 1 - July 2016
Dear <<First Name>>
 
Welcome to the first edition of our Volunteers and Officials Games Newsletter. The Special Olympics National Summer Games is fast approaching, just over 1 year to go!!!
 
Thank you for registering to volunteer at our National Summer Games and welcome to the Special Olympics GB team.

A Volunteer and Officials Games newsletter will be issued every 2 months and each edition will provide different features and important information regarding the National Summer Games.

Also remember to keep an eye on our website for further updates throughout the year. 

Thank you!

Gearoid Mitchell
National Volunteer Manager
Online Registration
We have been working on the online registration system quite substantially over the past few weeks, as we know that some of you were experiencing some difficulties. These should now all be resolved and the system is up and running. If you continue to have any issues, please let Jemma Stolworthy know and we will work to resolve them. 

If you have registered your initial interest but have not completed the full registration process, please go online and complete all the required fields confirming your place at the National Summer Games. If you can no longer be involved please let us know so we can remove you from the database. 
 
Volunteer roles will start to be assigned at the end of this year and we will do our best to assign you to one of your three preferred roles. The officials manager will begin assigning individuals to sports later in the year. 

Please remember we have a Frequently Asked Questions page on our website, so any queries you have maybe answered here. If not you can input your questions and we will endeavour to answer you as soon as possible. Please click the buttons below to be directed to your FAQ area. 
Accommodation 
There’s a great selection of serviced accommodation in Sheffield, all ready to offer volunteers a very warm welcome. The city is waiting with eager anticipation for the Summer Games to arrive – some 24 years after the event was last held here. Not only has the city changed beyond recognition since then, but so have the hotels and accommodation on offer.  The hotels are offering volunteers some great discounts if you book your stay now. 
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We’re still working with some accommodation suppliers  to see what alternative (self-catering) accommodation we can add in as an option for larger groups and there are some fantastic self-catering options from city centre apartments to converted barns in idyllic but easily accessible locations around the city on www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/stay.
 
If you’re really not sure what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to contact our accommodation specialist, Jane Tompkins, by email or telephone.  Jane will be happy to talk you through the options and she can be reached on 0114 273 4128 or visitor@sheffield.gov.uk
Sponsors
Coca-Cola European Partners
Coca-Cola European Partners are the sponsors for the National Summer Games Volunteer Programme. 

Julian Hunt, Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications at Coca-Cola European Partners, commented: "This really is an event where everyone can get involved and at Coca-Cola European Partners we are thrilled to be supporting Special Olympics GB's National Summer Games of 2017. This is the largest disability sports event of 2017, entry to the sports is free to the public and will provide great memories for athletes, families and volunteers alike."
Games Venues
Ponds Forge
Named after the steel works that previously occupied the site Pond Forge is a world class International Sports Centre that is celebrating its 25th birthday this year. Over this period it has hosted many prestigious events such as the world student games and the British diving championships. It also hosted many teams preparing for the summer Olympics in 2012.

Next year it will be the Swimming venue for the Special Olympics 2017 National Games and another sport will also be hosted here.
Families will be able to use the surf city leisure pool during competition times or take a trip up to Fargate shopping district in the city centre. This city centre site is well served by public transport; Sheffield train station is 5 minutes’ walk away, there is a tram stop directly outside and a bus terminal behind the pool.
Other Volunteering Opportunities
We have a number of competitions coming up within the Yorkshire and Humberside Region. This will be a great opportunity to get a taste of the Special Olympics Movement and experience the thrill of volunteering at a Special Olympics Event. 
  • September 8th - 9th - Special Olympics Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Equestrian Competition hosted by Special Olympics Dearne Valley
  • October 23rd - Special Olympics Yorkshire & Humberside New Age Kurling Comeptition
  • October 23rd - Special Olympics Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Artistic Gymnastics Competition hosted by Special Olympics City of Hull
  • November 19th - Special Olympics Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Swimming Competition

If you would like further information on any events listed above or other Special Olympics Events, please visit our Event Calendar located on our website. You can apply for more information on these events through the event organisers listed or can contact Jemma Stolworthy to register your interest. 
A huge thank you to our friends at Coca-Cola European Partners
for sponsoring our Games Volunteers Programme!

 
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