Play Unified

Inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to understanding, acceptance and friendship, breaking down the barriers that exist for people with intellectual disabilities. This research was conducted in collaboration with Free Thought Research.

In October 2015, a three year collaboration agreement was established between Special Olympics GB (SOGB) and the Youth Sport Trust (YST) to drive forward the vision of Play Unified and Unified Sports.

Play Unified is a Special Olympics international youth led advocacy
campaign to help end intolerance towards young people with
intellectual disabilities, through supporting unified activities on and off
the field of play.

Play Unified aims to: 

  • Through youth advocacy, get schools to successfully integrate Play Unified into whole school delivery to help develop inclusive environments through sport.
  • Provide young people with intellectual disabilities opportunities to lead and participate in inclusive sport projects alongside their peers with and without additional support needs.
  • Strengthen leadership and sport participation pathways for young people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Increase awareness of SOGB within the education sector.

Play Unified

Here you can find the report summary.

Published on 1 December 2018