Special Olympics update
Posted: Wed, 18 Mar 2020 13:28
Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Special Olympics activities have been suspended until further notice. The organisation has released the following statement:
"Following discussions between Paul Richardson, Chairman of Special Olympics GB Board of Trustees and Michelle Carney, CEO of Special Olympics GB, given the quickly changing environment and government response to Covid-19, it has been decided that NO Special Olympics activity is to take place in any club until further notice as a precautionary measure.
"This is in line with the directives received from Mary Davis, CEO, Special Olympics International.
"This applies to all club activity, competitions, events, training sessions, group activities or gatherings set to be hosted or attended by your regions and clubs. This also applies to any Regional meetings and AGMs which are due to take place. We ask that moving forward, if a meeting is deemed to be urgent, this must take place via telephone or video conferencing and Sam Wothers from National Office is on hand to help coordinate as we have the facilities to make this happen.
"We understand this is a worrying time for everyone with the situation changing daily but as the number of cases across GB continues to increase, so too does the risk of contracting Covid-19. Given the vulnerability of our athletes, we must take all necessary precautions to ensure we do not expose them and our volunteers to additional risk.
"We must also ensure the same applies to our personnel, so it has been decided that all staff in National Office work from home until further notice. All staff will continue to be contactable via email and mobile and are available if you have any questions or need further information. Contact details of everyone can be found on our website if need be: www.specialolympicsgb.org.uk/who-we-are/staff
"We know this will be disappointing news for many – especially our amazing athletes. However, we are sure you can appreciate that, as an organisation, the health and welfare of our athletes is our number one priority and we must do everything we possibly can to minimise the impact on them and our volunteers of contracting the virus.
"Should you become aware of an athlete or volunteer testing positive for CoVid-19 please contact myself by email as soon as possible.
"We will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and will be in touch as developments unfold."
Paul Lockyer, Chief Operating Officer