Birthplace of the Paralympic Movement
The Stadium developed out of the Stoke Mandeville Games, the forerunner of the Paralympic Games which was founded by Sir Ludwig Guttmann He was a neurosurgeon based 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. Stoke Mandeville Stadium was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 1969 as an international centre of excellence of sport for men, women and children with disabilities.
When Sir Ludwig Guttmann died in 1980 the Stadium was renamed Ludwig Guttmann Sports Centre for the Disabled. Following a £10.2 million refurbishment in 2003 the Stadium was renamed "Stoke Mandeville Stadium". The redevelopment transformed the original sports centre into a high grade leisure complex to enable WheelPower to provide a venue of the highest quality for all users. Stoke Mandeville Stadium has become known as the ‘home of wheelchair sport’ and the ‘birthplace of the Paralympic Games’.
Stoke Mandeville Stadium is owned by WheelPower, the national organisation for wheelchair sport.
Visit the Stoke Mandeville Stadium website for more information.