Special Olympics - on now at the University

We are delighted to be hosting the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games from 28-31 August.

1,700 athletes from across the UK will be taking part in 12 sports across five days of competition – nine of which will be hosted on campus where all the athletes and team officials will also be staying.

It is a big honour for the University and for the city of Bath to have been chosen as the core venue for this inspirational event which takes place every four years.

Being part of the Special Olympics can prove life-changing for athletes with an intellectual disability and helps to counteract any feelings of isolation and develops self-esteem.

There are opportunities for staff and students to watch the competition as entry will be free of charge (see www.bath2013.org.uk for details).

The opening ceremony for the event took place on Wednesday 28 August at the Royal Crescent.

The Sports Training Village (STV) will not close during the Games but will be much busier than normal. The gym and swimming pool will be operating as normal, but the main STV Sports Hall, the Founders’ Hall and the tennis hall will be closed to allow the Special Olympics events to take place.

You can find out more on the opening hours for each facility at: http://www.teambath.com/about/opening-hours/

Some of the fitness classes will also be disrupted. Check here for updates: http://www.teambath.com/about/times-prices/fitness-classes/

With increased numbers of people on site, car parks around the University will also be busy from Tuesday 27 – Saturday 31 August. Car Park G, next to the STV, will be closed during the Special Olympics.

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