At Special Olympics Great Britain, our mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual (learning) disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in sharing skills, gifts and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

Our Vision

To facilitate access to year round inclusive training and competition for all people in Great Britain with an intellectual disability through direct provision and partnerships.

Special Olympics aims to

  • Provide quality sports training 48 weeks per year to encourage fitness, commitment and discipline through sport
  • Provide as many Special Olympics athletes as possible, with the opportunity to participate, train and compete in a wide variety of sports and events
  • Provide quality coaching
  • Help athletes develop social skills and build friendships through the interaction and team spirit of their sports training and competition
  • Provide athletes with the experience of new cultures when travelling abroad
  • Encourage athletes to compete and participate for the fun of it, rather than focus on winning
  • Promote the inclusion of people with an intellectual (learning) disability in mainstream sport


Year in Review 2016 

We are delighted to bring you the Special Olympics GB 2016 Year in Review. 
2016 has been another progressive year for SOGB with the organisation continuing to grow, develop and establish new partnerships and programmes. Over the course of the last 2 years, we have begun to see the impact that our new approach to club structure and development is having on our reach with numbers of people with intellectual disabilities taking part in programmes rising steadily from 8000 in 2014 to 10000 in 2016.  Alongside, there has been a substantial amount of work developing a range a partnerships with national sports bodies to help support the ongoing regular delivery of competition opportunities.

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Sports We Offer

We offer 26 different individual and team sports!