Nicky Carle throws his support behind the Special Olympics

Sydney FC’s Nicky Carle will join former Socceroo Robbie Slater and former World Iron Man Guy Leech in providing tips for 160 school children who have an intellectual disability during a fun and interactive football carnival being held at Sydney University.

Sydney FC-s Nicky Carle will join former Socceroo Robbie Slater and former World Iron Man Guy Leech in providing tips for 160 school children who have an intellectual disability during a fun and interactive football carnival being held at Sydney University at 10:45am.

School children from 12 Sydney schools will get a chance to learn football and fitness tips from their sporting heroes this Friday 24th June at an event hosted by global charity Special Olympics and healthcare group Bupa.

The event is being run as part of Disability Football Month, an initiative developed to introduce children with a disability to the game of football. Participants will have the opportunity to get active, have fun, make friends, and meet some of their sporting heroes.

Special Olympics is a global charity which provides regular sports training and competition opportunities for children and adults with an intellectual disability.

Special Olympics NSW Community Development Coordinator, Kristen Fitzpatrick said: “The event is a great opportunity for students to be involved in learning the basic skills of football and have fun at the same time. Participants reveal their talents and discover new skills while improving their health and fitness, developing self-confidence and growing their social skills.”

Bupa-s General Manager of Corporate Affairs, Roger Sharp, said over 50 Bupa employees will also volunteer their time to assist with the football carnival as part of a long-standing commitment towards Special Olympics.

“We are delighted to support this event and acknowledge the important work of Special Olympics, a charity which our employees passionately support through Bupa-s workplace giving program and volunteering opportunities. We-re very proud to be associated with a charity that not only shares our goal of keeping Australians healthy, but also makes a positive contribution to the local community,” Sharp said.

The event will attract students from schools across New South Wales including Sir Joseph Banks High School Revesby, Sydney Secondary College - Leichhardt Campus, Engadine High School, Rose Bay Secondary College, JJ Cahill Memorial High School, Matraville Sports High, Marrickville High School, Vaucluse Public School, Broderick School, Cairnsfoot School and Chalmers Rd School.

As part of the event, professional masseurs supplied by Bupa-s PEAK Health Management business will offer carers and teachers a well-deserved opportunity to relax by offering free massages.

Event details:

Where: St Andrews College, Sydney University, located on the Corner of Missenden Rd and Carillion Avenue, Camperdown

When: Friday 24th June at 10:45am