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Plymouth Office Support Mayflower 400 Celebrations in Special Olympics

3rd July 2019

Our Plymouth office is gearing up in support of  Mayflower 400, taking place in April 2020.

We will be helping to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the voyage aboard the Mayflower ship from the UK to discover Novus Mundus, the “New World” of America.

The team’s focus is particularly aimed at making sure that the Special Olympics is a success by uniting groups from America, Holland and Great Britain. This will culminate in athletes competing in a unique International Special Olympics event in Plymouth, UK.

We will be working closely with the Special Olympics Plymouth and District (SOPD), who provide year-round inclusive training and competition for all people in Plymouth with an Intellectual Disability (ID) through direct provision and partnerships.

The Special Olympics games help to promote awareness, integration and the realisation that people with an ID should be afforded the dignity and respect of society. These are all values that Mayflower events align with, and in turn, will create a future legacy and increased participation in sport within the ID community.

The opening ceremony of the commemorative games takes place on Friday 3 April 2020, where the Children’s Field Gun Crew will lead the Special Olympics athletes into the Plymouth Life Centre Arena to officially open the games. This will be a first for Plymouth hosting an International Olympic Games for people with ID.

The events then push on with two full days of competitions in:

  • Boccia
  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Football
  • Table Tennis
  • Indoor Bowls
  • Tennis
  • Swimming

Wayne Brelsford, Commercial Director, said: “This will be the spark which will ignite Plymouth and the region to enhance, empower and change the lives of people with an Intellectual Disability through active participation in sport.

“In advance of these events, Mayflower 400 had a Crowdfunder Page to help raise money to fund this event. They held a number of events locally, which include a Ladies Night, Football Tournament, Magical Fairy and Unicorn tea Party, Mayflower 400 Ball, Christmas Fairs, and Quiz Nights. Huge thanks to those who generously donated.”

Wayne is working alongside Samantha Murphy, Contracts Coordinator, and the Mayflower 400 team to not only raise money but to assist in coordinating the events and bring the contacts that can make things like this a huge success.

Mark Endean, General Manager commented: “This is a great way of truly supporting our local community and the office team are proud to be involved in such a fantastic event”

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