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SOEH will continue to work in partnership with a number of clubs and groups to create and sustain opportunities for people with a learning and or physical disability to become involved and stay involved in sport and physical activity. 

Special Olympics Great Britain was established in 1978 as part of Special Olympics Inc. Special Olympics GB is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee, to find out more click on the link below.

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We aim 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 a learning disability in mainstream sport.

The Special Olympics Movement was founded in the USA in 1968 by the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F Kennedy. Shriver believed that the Olympic ideals of sport could give confidence and new hope to people with learning disabilities as well as to those who cared for them. Today Special Olympics reaches nearly 3.5 million athletes in more than 170 countries worldwide.

Special Olympics in the UK was one of the first European programmes of the international Special Olympics Movement. Today, Special Olympics GB serves 8,000 athletes and 2,800 volunteers in 135 clubs across Great Britain.