St George’s students launch campaign

St George's students were among those at the Play Unified summit. EMN-160807-153131001
St George's students were among those at the Play Unified summit. EMN-160807-153131001

Pupils from St George’s Academy were among 60 young people who attended a Youth Summit at Loughborough University Stadium on Thursday to launch a Special Olympics campaign.

The campaign is part of a global movement to break down barriers for young people with learning disabilities.

The Youth Summit was one of eight across the country to launch Play Unified, a new Special Olympics GB campaign to use sport and leadership skills to change perceptions and attitudes towards young people with intellectual disabilities. Ultimately, Play Unified seeks to break down barriers that exist for people with intellectual disabilities – both on and off the pitch.

Sixty Young Ambassadors, with and without intellectual disabilities, learned how to become leaders in their schools. Paralympic swimmer Kate Grey and Olympic indoor volleyball player Maria Bertelli, were also there and Play Unified will be rolled out in 200 schools.