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Applications open for Swansea Special Festival

Applications are invited to enter this year's Swansea Special Festival.

Swansea Special Festival

The Festival, a four-day event that includes sporting competitions and social evenings for people with learning, intellectual and physical disabilities, takes place from Monday July 10 to Thursday July 13.

First introduced 37 years ago, the Swansea Council event takes place at venues including the Swansea University sports village and the Wales National Pool.

Activities forming part of the Festival include track races and relays, javelin, shot, long jump, standing long jump and swimming races. 

Medal ceremonies will be held for the gold, silver and bronze medallists in each event. As the event is fully inclusive, all participants will receive certificates for their efforts.

Applications for the Swansea Special Festival, which is supported by the Special Festival Committee and a team of volunteers, close on Friday June 9. Volunteers will include Swansea Sports Young Ambassadors, who also volunteer for many other sporting events across the UK. 

Nigel Jones, Special Events Manager at Swansea Council, said: "The Swansea Special Festival is an annual feature of Swansea's varied sporting calendar, which gives opportunities for people of all abilities to enjoy everything that sport can give, from socialising to healthy competition, or simply the joy of taking part.

"With the Festival having now been held for well over 30 years, we know how much it benefits everyone who competes. It generates positive memories that last a lifetime, often encouraging participants to make sport and exercise an essential part of their health, wellbeing and confidence.

"As well as the swimming and track and field events, the social side of the Festival is just as important because it's fun and means people taking part have the chance to forge new lifelong friendships."

Social activities this year will include a bowling evening, a tribute act and other live entertainment, a disco and karaoke. 

Accommodation is available at Swansea University for participants and their families who'd like to stay local to the event throughout its duration. The Festival also welcomes day trips from schools, day centres and groups who would like to get involved. 

Email or call 01792 635428 for an application pack.

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