Support Our Work

Special Olympics GB relies on funding and support from individuals, corporates and charitable trusts & foundations. This support is crucial to sustain our work and for our successful growth to reach every adult and child with an intellectual disability through sport.


There are 1.5 million people across Great Britain with an intellectual disability and a further 200 babies with intellectual disabilities born each week. It is the most common disability in the UK.

People with intellectual disabilities are at risk of exclusion from mainstream society and from opportunities of employment, ill health, lack of friendship and of not achieving their potential or developing confidence in themselves. 

Supporting Special Olympics GB enables us to use sport as the platform to give children and adults with an intellectual disability the opportunity to achieve their personal best in an inclusive, supportive environment, whilst promoting inclusion in wider society at the same time.

Special Olympics GB is committed to increasing the availability of our programmes and competitions, with the ultimate aim of ensuring anyone in Great Britain with an intellectual disability has the opportunity to take part in sport and all the benefits this brings.

We currently rely solely on individual, trust and corporate donations and sponsorship so your support is crucial, enabling us to transform the lives of more of the UK’s 1.5 million children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

For each and every Special Olympics athlete we help, there are thousands more that we haven't yet reached.

Help us make a difference today!

There are many ways you can show your support – learn more about Special Olympics GB, get involved and support us to:

  • Change the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by building confidence through sport.
  • Challenge preconceptions and raise awareness of intellectual disabilities by making local communities focus on what people with intellectual disabilities can achieve, rather than what they can't.
  • Empower our athletes and ensure that they have a part to play within their local communities.