What is MATP?

The Special Olympics Motor Activity Training Programme (MATP) is a unique programme specifically designed for athletes of all ages with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) or complex needs. 

MATP provides genuine opportunities for training and competition for individuals with PMLD and complex needs. Opportunities are realistic and tailored to the individual. It focuses on the abilities and enables athletes to work and showcase motor skills and sporting achievements that are relevant to them. 

Through MATP we look to: 

•    Increase physical activity leading to improvement in motor skills, physical fitness, and functional ability
•    Enable more opportunities to perform sports activities
•    Development of a more positive self-image through skill acquisition
•    Enable greater interaction through sport and physical activity
•    Provide more opportunities to develop friendships with other athletes, family members and engage the local community

Like to get involved in MATP?

We have a dedicated team and network working nationally to embed MATP within both education and community settings. We have numerous schools and clubs across the country and have a range of bespoke training available to support the implementation of MATP.

If you would like to discuss this in relation to your own setting and what this means for you, please contact either:

For more information on MATP in schools, colleges or community support/care provision. 

Please contact us on matp@sogb.org.uk

MATP Introductory (Online) Workshops 

As well as detailing the wider work of Special Olympics Great Britain, our introductory workshops highlight the transformative opportunities presented through MATP, including how to implement it, the competition pathway of challenge events and access to a folder of resources to support the delivery of the programme.

These will take place on:

  • Mon 23 Sep 2024 - 9am to 11am
  • Tue 23 Oct 2024 - 1pm to 3pm
  • Wed 20 Nov 2024 - 3.30pm to 5.30pm
  • Thu 16 Jan 2025 - 9am to 11am
  • Fri 28 Feb 2025 - 1pm to 3pm
  • Mon 17 Mar - 3.30pm to 5.30pm
  • Tue 13 May - 9am to 11am
  • Wed 18 Jun - 1pm to 3pm
  • Thu 17 Jul - 3.30pm to 5.30pm

Click here to sign up to free training workshops.