Our Mission

"Special Olympics gives opportunities to everyone, it brings families together and it is not about what a child with intellectual disabilities can’t do but about what he or she can do" - Family Member


To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. 

Our Vision

To facilitate access to year round inclusive training and competition for all people in Great Britain with an intellectual disability through direct provision and partnerships.

Special Olympics aims to

  • Provide quality sports training 48 weeks per year to encourage fitness, commitment and discipline through sport
  • Provide as many Special Olympics athletes as possible, with the opportunity to participate, train and compete in a wide variety of sports and events
  • Provide quality coaching
  • Help athletes develop social skills and build friendships through the interaction and team spirit of their sports training and competition
  • Provide athletes with the experience of new cultures when travelling abroad
  • Encourage athletes to compete and participate for the fun of it, rather than focus on winning
  • Promote the inclusion of people with an intellectual (learning) disability in mainstream sport

The need for Special Olympics GB

  • There are 1.5 million children and adults with an intellectual disability in Great Britain
  • It’s the most common disability in the UK and is predicted to grow by 14% by 2021
  • 200 babies are born with an intellectual disability each week
  • Children with an intellectual disability are socially excluded and 8 out of 10 are bullied
  • 1 in 2 families with an intellectually disabled child live in poverty
  • 1 in 3 people with an intellectual disability are obese
  • Over 80% of adults with Intellectual disabilities do not achieve recommended levels of physical activity