The Nottingham Lions are delighted to welcome Special Olympics Nottinghamshire as their charity partner for the forthcoming 2014/15 NIHL Laidler D2 season.
Special Olympics Nottinghamshire's Pete Edwards recieves the Lions' Partnership Brochure from Matt Bradbury.
Special Olympics Nottinghamshire comes under the umbrella of Special Olympics East Midlands and Special Olympics Great Britain and are the country’s largest provider of year-round sports training and competition programmes for children and adults with intellectual (learning) disabilities.
The charity's aims are to establish more Special Olympics sports clubs, more local, regional and national competitions, as well as working in partnership with existing local mainstream sports groups and helping to make them inclusive for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
The organisation's long-term goal is to ensure every child and adult with an intellectual disability in Great Britain is able to have the opportunity to take part in quality sports training and competition, to improve their lives and in turn, the lives of everyone they touch.
Thanks to this special partnership, it has been confirmed that local figure skater Meg McFarlane will be the main beneficiary of the Lions' fund raising activities throughout the season.
Meg McFarlane in Iceland with her two gold medals.
11 year-old Meg has Down’s Syndrome and suffers from a heart condition which has meant she has needed three major heart operations.
The Kneesall Primary School student trains at Lammas Leisure Centre in Sutton-in-Ashfield as a member of the rink's ice skating club and just two months ago came first in both of her competitions at 3rd Inclusive Skating International championships in Reykjavik, bringing home two gold medals.
Meg was also recently crowned Junior Disabled Sportsperson of the Year at the 2013 Nottinghamshire Sports Awards, in recognition of her achievements.
Speaking to nottinghamlions.co.uk today, Lions Head Coach Matt Bradbury was clearly pleased to have teamed up with the Nottinghamshire based section of the charity; saying,
"We're delighted to have Special Olympics Nottinghamshire on board as the Lions' first ever charity partner - as a grassroots community team, it's important that we continue to give something back and to be able to specifically support Meg this season is particularly special, with her being associated with another ice sport."
"Hopefully Meg will be able to come down to the NIC and perform during one of our home games at some point during the new season and we are all looking forward to seeing how she gets on over the next twelve months."
As the Lions sealed the deal with Pete Edwards - Disability Sports Development Officer at Nottinghamshire County Council and Special Olympics Nottinghamshire, they also took the opportunity to launch their new 2014/15 Partnership Brochure, which is aiming to attract much-needed sponsorship for the National Ice Centre based team.
Speaking about the new document, Bradbury added;
"We're looking for partners to help us continue the work we do here and support the team's progress and we're hoping that our new brochure will give any potential sponsors an idea of who we are, what we do, how we can promote their business and encourage them to get involved with the Lions."
The brochure can be viewed and downloaded from the 'Sponsorship' section of the Lions' official website, whilst more information on Special Olympics Nottinghamshire can be found at www.specialolympicseastmidlands.org.