Only the second ever Play Unified Summit will be held on Thursday in London - following last week’s successful inaugural event at Manchester United's Old Trafford Stadium.
Nearly 100 local pupils from the London area have been selected to champion this Special Olympics campaign.
The new Special Olympics Play Unified campaign is part of the global movement’s aim to break down barriers for young people with intellectual (learning) disabilities.
The Youth Summits are eight special events across the country to launch Play Unified, a new Special Olympics GB campaign delivered in partnership with national charity the Youth Sport Trust.
The campaign, which is funded by DCMS and Sport England, aims to use sport and leadership skills to change perceptions of 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 – creating a ‘unified generation’.
Selected for their leadership qualities, nearly 100 Play Unified Young Ambassadors, both with and without intellectual disabilities, will gather at the Youth Summits to learn how to become leaders in their schools.
The summit educates, motivates and empowers young people to create positive change, promote inclusion and provide more opportunities for young people to take part in sport.
Play Unified is inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to understanding, acceptance and friendship – a principle that will be central to the summit.