Coaches play a unique and indispensable role in the Special Olympics Movement, nurturing the skills and spirit that define a true athlete. As role models and character builders, coaches give Special Olympics athletes the most immediate awareness of their own worth, ability, courage and capacity to grow and improve.

Every week Special Olympics GB provides training in a range of sports. The sports offered in each region vary, depending on the availability of coaches, volunteers and facilities.

We rely on committed, qualified and trainee coaches to ensure athletes receive consistent training – including physical conditioning, development of sports skills, progress measurement and incentives for personal growth.

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Volunteer coaches come from all walks of life and backgrounds, and don’t need prior experience – we provide the necessary training and resources. To be a Special Olympics coach, all you need is a compassionate nature, a desire to help others and a lot of enthusiasm. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer coach, please complete our online Volunteer Interest Form.

Become an Accredited Sports Coach

Special Olympics GB is committed to providing high quality coaching to all our athletes. We therefore encourage all of our coaches to undertake training with the relevant National Governing Body (NGB) of their particular sport. We also recommend Sports Leaders UK for sports leadership courses and sports coach UK workshops.

For further information on coaching courses and available resources, please visit our Resources section or contact Andy Heffer, Director of Sports and Services.

Coach Education Grants

Since November 2010 we have grants available for our registered volunteers wishing to undertake coaching courses.
Up to 50% of the cost of taking a National Governing Body coaching award can be applied for.

“We’re very pleased to be offering coach education grants for the first time in more than 10 years. The £10,000 that is available during 2010-11 represents both an investment in our volunteers and is a demonstration of Special Olympics’ commitment to providing high-quality coaching programmes to our athletes”, said Andy Heffer the charity's Director of Sports & Services.

For more details and to download the application form please click here


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