ⓘ Stoke Mandeville Stadium is the National Centre for Disability Sport in England. It is sited alongside Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire ..


ⓘ Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Stoke Mandeville Stadium is the National Centre for Disability Sport in England. It is sited alongside Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. Stoke Mandeville Stadium is owned by WheelPower, the national organisation for wheelchair sport.


1. History

The stadium developed out of the Stoke Mandeville Games - the forerunner of the Paralympic Games - founded in 1948 by Ludwig Guttmann. He was a neurosurgeon at the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital who recognised the value of exercise and competition in the rehabilitation of ex-members of the British armed forces. By 1961 Guttmann had founded the British Sports Association for the Disabled now named English Federation of Disability Sport, expanding the concept of organising sport for men, women and children with disabilities and developing Stoke Mandeville Stadium into an international centre of disabled sport. The stadium was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 2 August 1969.

When Sir Ludwig Guttmann died in 1980 the Stadium was renamed Ludwig Guttmann Sports Centre for the Disabled. In 1993 the Stadium hosted the first international ex-service wheelchair games, organised by the Royal British Legion and opened by King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan. In 2001, following a £10 million refurbishment, it was again renamed as "Stoke Mandeville Stadium". The Paralympic mascot Mandeville is so named due to the legacy with the games.


2. Facilities

Facilities include a 400-metre outdoor running track, Cazenove Sports Hall, a 25m six-lane swimming pool, tennis courts and an indoor bowls arena. In addition the Stadium has its own "Olympic Village" accommodation for athletes and the Olympic Lodge Hotel and the Wolfson Conference Centre provide guest facilities.


3. 1984 Summer Paralympic Games

Stoke Mandeville Stadium was one of the two venues of the VII Paralympic Games, the last of the Summer Paralympics not held in the same venue as the Summer Olympic Games.

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  • Stoke Mandeville Hospital is a large National Health Service NHS hospital in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England. It is managed by Buckinghamshire Healthcare
  • Paralympics consisted of two men s events. The competitions were held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium between 22 July and 1 August 1984. There were six competitors:
  • Sports Foundation, it is a registered charity and is based at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Buckinghamshire. Its Patrons include Baroness Tanni Grey - Thompson
  • Mandeville is the official mascot for the 2012 Summer Paralympics, both held in London, England, United Kingdom. Named after Much Wenlock and Stoke Mandeville
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  • Games to be held. There were in two separate competitions: one in Stoke Mandeville United Kingdom for wheelchair athletes with spinal cord injuries and
  • consulted on the design of the Stoke Mandeville Stadium Buck s love of competitive sport was nurtured at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and she became a regular