Inclusive competition pathway
Special Olympics offer to all its athletes a progressive and fair competition pathway, in which an athlete cannot progress up to the next level without having competed on previos levels. For example and athlete cannot take part at a national competition without having competed in local and regional events first.
A unique banding system
Special Olympics uses a system of ‘divisioning’ that is almost unique in the sporting world. Divisioning groups athletes with similar levels of performance together for competition, giving people of all abilities opportunities for success and achievement.
Special Olympics it is much more than Games and Competitions. The core of our work around the country is delivered by qualified sport coaches who provide training throughout the year in 150 clubs in England, Scotland and Wales.
Each athlete has to complete a minimum of 26 weeks of sports training before being eligible to take part in a competition.
We offer a year-round competition programme to all our athletes. They have the opportunity to take part in local, regional, national and international competitions.