Discover all about Special Olympics in this dedicated section of ABLEize including how are where to get involved in a whole range of sports and sporting activities for a range of disabilities.
Special Olympics was founded to bring the enjoyment and participation of sport to people with intellectual disabilities described by the UK Special Olympics organisation as “a person with certain limitations in cognitive functioning and other skills, including communication and self-care.” Examples being autism, Down syndrome and varied learning disabilities and difficulties.
Special Olympics are held at anytime of the year and in all countries with a world games event taking place every two years. Just about all sports are included from athletics, football, golf and cycling right through to bowling, swimming, tennis and netball; basically just about any sport you can think of.
Browse through the Special Olympics sites listed below to find out more including how to get involved in a sport near you, future sporting events, how to get dedicated training for a specific disability and much more. The resources here are UK Special Olympics sites only and have their location in the title or the site description.
The official website of the Special Olympics Great Britain with details of past and future competitions and how to get involved. Includes a list of UK clubs along with video clips and featured stories.
Dedicated to bringing sport into the lives of people with intellectual (learning) disabilities and their families. Currently offering sports training and competitions in three local areas.
Bringing sports to people with a learning disability in Scotland including alpine skiing, 10 pin bowling, athletics, boccia and many more exciting sports. Site offers full details and how to get involved.
Undertakes swimming training and competitions all year round for local people and their family living within Peterborough. Site includes events details, video clips and contacts.
Special Olympics Washington DC headquarters highlighting everything connected to the Special Olympics with a list of the sports and games, links to countries around the world and how to get involved. Information provides in a range of languages.
Details of how to get involved with training, competitions or becoming a volunteer in all areas of Special Olympics sports in York including athletics, indoor bowls, table tennis and swimming.
Part of Special Olympics Great Britain bringing sports into the lives of people with learning disabilities in Cornwall. Provides training, online resources and details of upcoming sports events.
Hertfordshire special needs sports organisation established in partnership with Amwell View School and Specialist Sports College. Site includes a number of sports clubs enjoying a range of sports.
Part of Special Olympics Great Britain and proudly assisting adults and children with a learning disability to take part in sports in local, regional and national competitions.
Founded in 2013 to bring sport into the lives of people with a learning disability in Essex. Check out the events and competitions and how to join one of the many clubs in Essex and Suffolk.
Details of Special Olympics taking place throughout areas of Ireland involving those with a range of intellectual disabilities. Find out what sports are available, how to join in, get involved or offer to help as a volunteer.
A very active branch of Special Olympics Great Britain highlighting their training and competitions in a number of sports with details of how to get involved or to become a volunteer.
A local branch of SOGB with more that 60 registered special needs athletes taking part in a range of sports including alpine skiing, athletics, gymnastics, boccia, cricket, football and swimming. Find out how to get involved, clubs near you or just to discover more.
Devon based Special Olympics partnership being part of more than 7,000 athletes with learning disabilities that compete every year around the world. Sports include badminton, boccia, bowls, football, golf and swimming.
Worcestershire based charity set up to assist people with a learning disability take part in and enjoy a range of sport. Find out how to get involved with a calendar of events, training and competitions or offer your services as a volunteer.
Based in the Southampton Outdoor Sports Centre. Provides an exciting range of sports and sporting activities for children and adults with intellectual [learning] disabilities. View their activities and events and find out how to join in.
Tyne and Wear organisation offering all year training in a range of sports including athletics and swimming. View video clips, a full list of the sports and how to get involved.
Encourages adults and children with a learning disability to get involved in skiing with fortnightly training sessions held at the Ackers Ski Centre in Birmingham with a week of training on snow in Italy every year. Find out more and how to get involved via their website.