• The Bravest take on London's first Polar Plunge

    If you thought the British winter weather was a shock to the system, then you have it all wrong. Special Olympics Great Britain’s first ever Polar Plunge on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 February 2015 saw hundreds taking a leap into icy water to raise money and awareness for the charity.  

    Every splash raised cash for the Special Olympics GB athletes.

  • Host Town for the Special Olympics GB World Games team confirmed

    Laura Smith, the Head of Delegation for Special Olympics GB’s team of over 100 athletes going to Los Angeles for this summer’s World Games, has just returned from a pre-Games conference in Los Angeles this week with the following news:

    Laura commented: “I am delighted to say that the Host Town for the Special Olympics GB team at the 2015 World Summer Games is Calabasas (picture of hills of Calabasas on link attached).

  • Basketball Players get huge boost team ahead of their World Games experience in L.A.

    With less than 200 days to go, five members of the Special Olympics GB’s basketball team heading to the 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles have been given a special treat as they attended an Unified Sports basketball clinic led by NBA players from New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks teams on Wednesday 14 January at the O2 Arena in London.

  • This Girl Can: Holly Riseborough

    This week we saw the launch of 'This Girl Can' a national campaign run by Sport England to inspire women to take part in sport. We are delighted to link in and support this campaign and will be featuring some of the female Special Olympics GB athletes who will compete at the 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles.

    Meet Holly Riseborough

  • Farewell Bernice

    It is with great sadness that we would like to communicate the death of our Volunteer Athlete Database Coordinator, Bernice Bunton, who passed away on 7 January 2015.

    Bernie was born in Devon, England. She was a loyal volunteer for the Special Olympics GB National Office since 1995.

    Most of our volunteers have met Bernice at Special Olympics GB events, many more have communicated with her as she diligently took care of our athlete database over the last 20 years.

  • Lothian volunteers nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards

    In addition to four of our European Games GB athletes attending this Sunday’s live BBC event being held in Glasgow for the first time in history  – Sports Personality of the Year for 2014 – there is further exceptional news that two of our Special Olympics GB coaches, Janice and George Graham, have been nominated for the unsung hero award for the BBC Sports Awards.

  • New Special Olympics club in North Devon

    We are delighted to announce  the launch of our newest club: Special Olympics North Devon. The event that mark the official opening of the clubs was a great success and took place on Saturday December 2014.

  • Hundreds take the 1st ever GB Polar Plunge in Bath

    December has arrived and there's a chill in the air - perfect conditions for the first ever Great Britain Polar Plunge held on Saturday 6 December, at the University of Bath Sports Training Village, where over a hundred eager supporters plunged into 20,000 litres of icy water in aid of our charity.

  • Over 200 young Londoners with intellectual disabilities try out a variety of sports for free

    Over 200 young Londoners with intellectual disabilities had the opportunity to try out a variety of different sports at a free Activity Festival held on 25 November at Copper Box Arena at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

  • Special Olympics athletes to play at Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall

    We are thrilled to announce that ahead of The Statoil Masters Tennis an exhibition tie-breaker challenge match between two of our Special Olympics GB and Tennis Foundation athletes will be held on the evening of Wednesday 3 December at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

  • Special Olympics Volunteer wins prestigious Sportwomen award

    We are delighted that our Special Olympics Surrey volunteer, Sue Frett has won the Community Award category at the 2014 Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year Awards .

  • Thousands challenged to take on 1st Polar Plunge to raise crucial funds for Special Olympics GB

    Special Olympics Great Britain is inviting Brits to take on the most extreme sub-zero challenge that the nation has ever seen. Taking the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ to the next level, thousands of brave plungers are being encouraged to sign up and submerge themselves in 20 tons of freezing ice-filled water, to raise money for the vital work of Special Olympics GB  to support 8,000 athletes across Great Britain.

  • University of Bath students give our Polar Plunge sign-up event a huge boost


    On a wet, wild and cold November day, the warmth of the students at the University of Bath gave Special Olympics GB’s Polar Plunge sign-up event a big boost.

    Huge numbers of students were engaging with Special Olympics GB’s sign-up volunteers and posing for photographs with the new Polar Plunge mascot.

  • Special Olympics GB to benefit from support in 307 Paddy Power shops

    Special Olympics Great Britain has received a further boost this week with betting partner Paddy Power announcing they are to host collections on behalf of the charity in each of their 307 shops across the country.
    Special Olympics GB was delighted to have been selected as Paddy Power’s inaugural charity of the year in the UK and to be working with Special Olympics Ireland, on a joint fundraising challenge to raise over £125,000.

  • Special Olympics Volunteer shortlisted to prestigious national award

    The shortlist of finalists for the 2014 Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year Awards has been confirmed and our charity is delighted that our volunteer Sue Frett of Special Olympics Surrey has been nominated in the Community Award category with three other people.

  • Meet Angus our 1st Special Olympics GB athlete to register to take the Polar Plunge

    We are delighted that Angus Pirrie has become the first Special Olympics GB athlete to register for the Bath Polar Plunge.

    Angus, aged 49, lives in Pontypridd and was last in Bath at the National Summer Games in 2013 where he won a bronze medal.

  • Athletes meet Deputy PM Nick Clegg in Glasglow

    Five members of Special Olympics GB's successful European Games team in Belgium have been guests at the Lib Dem Conference in Glasgow on Monday 06 October.

  • Former sprinter Jason Gardener pledge to support our Polar Plunge in Bath

    Special Olympics GB’s ambassador and former sprinter Jason Gardener is proud to support the Polar Plunge to be held on 6 December at the University of Bath.

  • GB Team announced for 2015 Special Olympics World Games in L.A

    With exactly 300 days to go, Special Olympics GB is delighted to announce that over 100 athletes from across England, Scotland and Wales (clikc here to see full list) will be heading to next year’s 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles.

    The World Summer Games is the global showpiece event for Special Olympics and is held every four years by the organisation for its athletes.

  • Awards recognise Special Olympics Athletes

    Last night (24 September) our Special Olympics European Summer Games Cyclist Ruairidh Brown was awarded the Scottish Special Olympics Award at the Scottish Disability Sport AGM and awards ceremony.