Special Olympics GB are proud to be the country's largest provider of year-round sports training and competition programmes for children and adults with intellectual (learning) disabilities.
Special Olympics GB were holding their 9th National Summer Games in August 2013, scheduled to take place in Bath. This was to be the first time they were organising the whole games in house and it was established that an external project manager was required to be responsible for the Opening Ceremony.
Vicky Gardner (ZiaBia) had been recommended to SOGB CEO Karen Wallin, by Emma Allerton of Sporting Hosts (sponsor for the games). The role was to work on behalf of Special Olympics GB on a consultancy basis, advising, supporting and organising the Opening Ceremony on their behalf.
The role specification was to work hand in hand with Bath and North East Somerset Council and the Royal Crescent Society, as their land was being utilised for the event. In addition, to confirm and work with all other suppliers that were required to make this even a success. This involved negotiating on costs on behalf of Special Olympics and sourcing local companies that could offer the charity 'Value in Kind' support as well.
This was a unique event for 2013 in Bath - it was the first time that an Opening Ceremony was not being held in a stadium. As the location was so different and a blank canvas, it required a bespoke project plan, as all resources had to be organised, licences applied for and a temporary structure built.
This ranged from sourcing and managing a production company to build the stage and seating area, along with producing the 'show' - to hiring toilets, facilitating deliveries, arranging water and concessions, barriers, signage and trakway.
An important element of this brief was surrounding Health and Safety and crowd management, as during the show well known guests would perform. Due to the fact we were working in a public park, we needed to source a security partner who could manage this area seamlessly - Safe and Sound were appointed, based locally in Trowbridge.