Please read below a selection of  the most  frequent questions and answers we have received about our 2013 National Summer Games.

Members of the public


How can I get tickets to see the National Summer Games?

The events are free and therefore we invite members of the public to come to the Sports Training Village reception at the University of Bath to get a day pass and receive information of where to go to view the sports being held on campus.

The off-campus venues Hengrove Leisure Centre (swimming) and Bowlplex (ten-pin bowling) in Bristol have limited space for general spectators so it may not always be possible to allow entry for general members of the public, but we will do our utmost to accommodate those wishing to cheer on the athletes.  Bath Golf Club is also one of our three off-campus venues, which has plenty of spectator space.  Members of the public are advised to go to the reception area of these venues, where one of our volunteers will guide you to the spectators’ area.

 How can I get tickets to the Opening Ceremony on 28 August at the Royal Crescent, Bath?

We are delighted that the interest and uptake by our families, guest and general public has been increasing over the past week and we have now reached our 7000 spectator capacity. A small amount of tickets have been made available to the Bath Chronicle to run a competition  online. Please check their website (http://www.thisisbath.co.uk/) for details.

On the day of the Ceremony, there will be 500 limited general admittance tickets to the park on a first come first served basis. These tickets will allow access into the park area only (not seated). There will be concessions and merchandising available.


What are the timings for the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday 28 August?

Gates open 15:30

Take your seat by 17:00

Athletes parade 17:00

Show ends 21:00


Where are the athletes going to be staying?

We will be accommodating our Special Olympics athletes on the University of Bath campus.  Families and volunteers will be arranging the own accommodation in the Bath and Bristol area.

Can I take pictures and record videos of the Games?

Members of the public wanting to take pictures or record videos at the Games must register first at the Games reception of the Sports Training Village at the University of Bath or at the Games reception at one of the off-campus venues.  You will be given a badge to wear that confirms that you have registered your camera. This is to ensure the safety of our athletes.

How often are the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games held?

The Special Olympics GB National Summer Games are held every four years.  This is the ninth National Summer Games for Special Olympics Great Britain and the first time that we are hosting them in the City of Bath. They have been previously hosted in Leicester (2009 and 1989), Glasgow (2005), Cardiff (2001), Portsmouth (1997), Sheffield (1993), Brighton (1986) and Knowsley (1982).


When will I receive notification about my preferred volunteer role?

Each volunteer would have already received an email confirming their role for the Bath 2013 Games, as well as receiving an invitation to attend our Games Volunteer Training Programme.

How long will I be needed for each day?

That will depend on the role to which you are assigned.

When is the volunteer training taking place?

Our first volunteer training day was held on 01 June. We expect to complete all our Games volunteer training  by the end of July/beginning of August. Volunteers will be notified of the training days that we would like them to attend accordingly to their functional areas.

Will you be providing any kit for volunteers?

Yes, as a volunteer you will receive two polo-shirts, a hoodie, a baseball cap and a rucksack.

When will I be getting my kit?

You will receive your kit along with your accreditation pass when you get to Bath to volunteer.

Where will I be staying during the Games?

We are relying on our volunteers to make their own arrangements for accommodation while volunteering at the Games. Please visit the Bath or Bristol Tourist Information websites for more information.

Will you be providing any meals on my volunteer days?

You will be provided with a packed lunch each day that you are volunteering. These will be distributed at the venues.



Will I be assured of getting access to the Games venues to see my relative compete?

All families with an athlete competing will be given preference to enter the arena and be seated to watch their relative compete. Please be aware however that many of the venues do have restricted seating and you will not be able to remain in the seating once your relative finished competing.

Will we get tickets to the events?

You will be issued with an accreditation pass and this acts as your ticket for both the sporting and Opening Ceremony events.   If you have not yet registered your attendance with us online at /families/ please do so immediately to ensure that you are accredited.

Will we be able to get tickets to the Opening Ceremony on 28 August at the Royal Crescent, Bath?

All accredited families will be invited to attend the Opening Ceremony. Your accreditation  pass will allow you to attend the Opening Ceremony,   as the event is seated you must have registered before arriving in Bath.  Any queries please contact Special Olympics Head Office [email protected] immediately.

Are you still worried about getting tickets for the Opening Ceremony?

Please do not worry!  As registered families you will be able to collect your accreditation passes when you arrive in Bath and in Bristol at the Families Welcome Centres. Remember that your accreditation passes, which you will need to wear at all times, will give you access to both the Opening Ceremony and the Competition venues.

Where  will the Families Welcome Centres be?

Bath – Family Welcome Centre

Location: Octagon, Milsom Street, Bath, BA1 1DN. Opening Times: Tuesday 27 August 09:00 – 21:00 and Wednesday 28 August 09:00 – 15:00

Bristol – Family Welcome Centre

Location: Bristol City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR. Opening Times: 09:00 – 21:00 Tuesday 27 August and 09:00 – 15:00 Wednesday 28 August

Will I be able to access the athlete’s accommodation to check on my family member?

No.  No person without the required accreditation will be allowed access to the accommodation unless a Head of Delegation or Assistant Head of Delegation signs them in and out at the accommodation reception. This will be strictly applied for the safety and security of all our athletes – this includes family members.


Will all the athletes be staying in University of Bath accommodation?

Yes, we will be able to accommodate all the Special Olympics athletes that want to stay in the campus accommodation at the University of Bath. Wherever possible we have tried to keep delegations together.

 Where will I be getting my meals?

On the evening of the Opening Ceremony we will be providing a packed dinner. The following days, breakfast and dinner will be provided each day on the University of Bath campus. There will be four sittings for breakfast and dinner and we are allowing 45 minutes per sitting. Packed lunches will be provided at the competition venues.

When will I know which day I am competing on?

The competition schedule will be confirmed as soon as possible through your Head of Delegation. Please visit the Sport pages to download the  Events Daily Schedule for each sport.

Have you got any more information about the venues for each event?

The venue for each sport has now been confirmed , and you can find this information in our Sports pages.  You need to click on the sports icons to see details of each sport.

My sport is not being held at the University Campus – how will I get to my venue?

If your sport is taking place at one of the venues away from the University of Bath transport will be provided. We will be running a morning service to the Aquatics, Ten-pin Bowling and Golf venues and there will be pick-up during the afternoon and at the end of the competition.

Where I can buy official merchandise for the Games?

You can buy official merchandise items with the Games logo on at  our Games online shop. Click here to visit the Bath 2013 Games shop. Also,  there will be a large trailer selling merchandise at the Games Village in the University of Bath,  as well as a shop at the Aquatics venue in Bristol.



When do we need to arrive at the University of Bath?

We will agree with you a time slot within which we would like you to arrive. This will be before 14:00 on 28 August so that we can get you checked in and ready to go to the Opening Ceremony. This will allow us to manage the flow of people and traffic onto campus and into the accommodation with the team of volunteers that will be here to assist. If you arrive outside your agreed slot then you may be asked to wait in a holding area until we are ready to receive you.


If you have a burning question related to the Games, and you still do not have an answer, please email us your question to  [email protected] .

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