Besides our year-round calendar of local, regional and national single sports competitions, Special Olympics also organises multi-sport games in order to offer our athletes more oportunities to improve and excel in their chosen sport.

National Games

Special Olympics Great Britain’s National Games are held every two years, alternating between Summer and Winter Games.

Our 10th National Summer Games will take place in the city of Sheffield across a number of sporting venues between 7-11 August 2017.  Find our about our next National Games.

Our last National Summer Games took place in the city of Bath from 28 August to 1 September 2013. Click here to visit the Bath Games website. Click here to open and download our Games souvenir publication.

In 2009, our National Summer Games were held in Leicester. Watch video.

National single sport competitions take place in the years between National Games. Our most recent Special Olympics GB National Winter Games took place in January 2012.

 

European Games

The last Special Olympics European Summer Games was held in Antwerp, Belgium in 2014. For more information visit our GB Team pages or the official website for this event.

Prior to the games in 2014, the Special Olympics European Summer Games took place in September 2010 in Warsaw, Poland. 47 British athletes represented the country at these Games and returned home with a total of 88 medals.

 

World Games

Special Olympics World Summer and Winter Games are each held every four years. The World Games are organised every two years, alternating between Summer and Winter Games.

The last World Summer Games was held in Los Angeles, USA 25 July – 2 August 2015. Click here to find out more inforation about the GB Team who competed in LA

The 13th World Summer Games were held in Athens, Greece in 2011. 151 athletes represented GB at these games, bringing back 187 medals.

In October 2007, the 12th World Summer Games took place in Shanghai, China. 159 athletes represented the country and returned home with a total of 224 medals.

The next World Winter Games will take place in Austria between 14 - 25 March 2017. To visit the official Games website please click here.

The last Winter Games took place from 29 January to 5 February 2013 in PyeongChang, Korea. Seven athletes represented Great Britain, bringing back home 6 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals.

In February 2009, the World Winter Games were held in Boise, Idaho USA.

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