Games & Competitions

Games & Competitions


Throughout the year, every year, Special Olympics GB hosts single-sport and multi-sport competitions locally and regionally all across Great Britain.


This is an example of what our competitions are about

National Games

Special Olympics Great Britain’s National Games are held every two years, alternating between Summer and Winter 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 games website.
Click here to open and download our Games souvenir publication.

2013 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 next Special Olympics European Summer Games will be held in Antwerp, Belgium in 2014. For more information visit our
GB Team pages or the official website for this event.

The latest 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.

Our next World Summer Games will be held in Los Angeles, USA 25 July – 2 August 2015.

The 13th World Summer Games were held in Athens, Greece in 2011. 151 athletes represented their country at these games, bringing back 187 medals. Find out more about the 2011 GB team.

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 most recent 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 2009 World Winter Games were held in Boise, Idaho USA.


To find out where and when our next sport competition takes place, please visit our Event Calendar.