Jack Grealish becomes a principal ambassador for Special Olympics GB ahead of next summer's Games

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Jack Grealish becomes a principal ambassador for Special Olympics GB ahead of next summer’s Games in Berlin… with Manchester City star keen to drive ‘positive change’ for children and adults with intellectual disabilities

  • Special Olympics GB provide training for people with intellectual disabilities 
  • Their work now reaches more than five million athletes in over 190 countries 
  • Jack Grealish has now made a ‘long-term commitment’ as an ambassador 
  • Manchester City and England star wants to help tackle the issue of inclusion  

Jack Grealish insists he is hoping to create positive change after signing up as a principal ambassador for Special Olympics GB.

The non-profit organisation provide training and competition in sports for children and adults of all abilities with intellectual disabilities.

Their work – which reaches more than five million athletes in over 190 countries – is currently funded by individuals, trust and corporate donations.

Jack Grealish has signed up as a principal ambassador for Special Olympics GB

Jack Grealish has signed up as a principal ambassador for Special Olympics GB

But they have now brought Manchester City and England star Grealish on board, who has committed to a ‘long-term role’ and who insists tackling the issues of inclusion of children with intellectual disabilities is a matter ‘close to my heart’. 

‘I’ve been thinking for some time about how I can best use the platform football has given me to create a positive change, and it had to be something really close to my heart,’ Grealish, 26, said.

‘Special Olympics GB is such an important organisation, playing a huge role in tackling the lack of inclusion for hundreds of thousands of kids in the UK with intellectual disabilities. 

‘Nobody should be excluded from opportunities, and I can’t stand bullying or discrimination! In my new role with Special Olympics GB, I’m proud to stand side-by-side with all the children, young people and adults living with intellectual disabilities, and the incredible families who support them. 

Man City star wants to help tackle issues of inclusion of children with intellectual disabilities

Man City star wants to help tackle issues of inclusion of children with intellectual disabilities

‘I hope that everyone in Great Britain gets behind Special Olympics GB and its incredible athletes and volunteers. So please follow Special Olympics GB on their social channels and together we can start to make a real difference.’ 

The organisation – set up in 1978 – states that 1.5 million people live with intellectual disabilities in Great Britain today.

Colin Dyer, CEO of Special Olympics GB, meanwhile added: ‘Everyone at Special Olympics is delighted and excited Jack has agreed to join Special Olympics GB as a principal ambassador. 

The 26-year-old England international insists it represents a matter 'close to my heart'

The 26-year-old England international insists it represents a matter ‘close to my heart’

‘After a truly challenging time for many people during the pandemic, particularly those with intellectual disabilities, there is so much positive momentum in Special Olympics GB at this time, it is the perfect moment to welcome Jack to the family. 

‘We look forward to continuing to add to our diverse group of Ambassadors to accompany Jack on his new mission with Special Olympics GB in the near future.’

Grealish will get stuck into his ambassadorial role a year before Special Olympics GB head to Berlin next June for the Special Olympics World Summer Games.

Great Britain excelled last time out at the 2019 Games in Abu Dhabi, winning 169 medals, including 63 golds.

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