New Special Olympics Tennis Launched

On Sunday the 15th November, a new Special Olympics tennis session launched off with a successful start. The session saw five participants come and play. Plenty of volunteers came to help out head coach, Alan Elbourn, including experienced tennis players from the Downs Syndrome Group tennis club.

The session was set up in partnership with the Tennis Foundation and Wilthsire LTA. Taster sessions have been delivered in SEN schools around Swindon, including Uplands and Crowdys, with the aim of promoting the session to people with learning disabilities aged 11+.

The session will now run every Sunday evening 18:00-19:00 and will hopefully establish itself as a regularly attended Special Olympics session, with the aim of creating a large number of competitive tennis players.

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Special Olympics Football Tournament

On Saturday 3rd October, Special Olympics Swindon hosted its very first local competition. The event was hosted at Futsal Arena and was attended by two Swindon teams and a team from Special Olympics Redditch.

The day was very enjoyable for all and saw, professional boxer, Jamie Cox handing out awards to the athletes at the end of the day. The Swindon teams turned out in their new kit, kindly sponsored by Galax Care and George Webb Fitness Training.

Congratulations to Special Olympics Redditch for their victory!

Special Olympics Swindon Team

Special Olympics Swindon Team

Swindon Special Olympics update – 15th Jan 2015

The Special Olympics project is off to a very exciting start in 2015, we have restarted a learning disability football team again here in Swindon, with numbers as high as 17 adults attending. The guys that are currently attending are enjoying the social side of playing together and looking forward to competing this year. Session is on Mondays at Futsal 1.30-2.30pm

An inclusive tennis session for a wide range of physical and learning disabilities has also been set up on Wednesday 1-2pm at Delta Tennis Centre , with one court available for those who are there to enjoy the sport of tennis at an entry level and a court available for the potential future Special Olympics athletes who have shown prowess when it comes to holding a rally!

A new boccia and athletics session has now started for participants at OK4Uat Christchurch Community Centre on Fridays 1-2pm. This is coached by Richard Overton who is enjoying a unique session where the participants can sample a variety of activities. The boccia aspect of the session will help contribute players to the ever-growing Saturday morning session, where they can develop their skills further.

Swindon will be an accredited Special Olympics club within the next few months, this means that we can register adults and young people with a learning disability to start competing, this will then permit participants to potentially compete right up to an international standard with the right training and guidance.

Up next for the Swindon Special Olympics club is to start an athletics session with the help of the Swindon Harriers athletics club, this will be a very exciting development that will enable all abilities, both physical and learning to be coached in track events, as well as jumps and throws.

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Special Olympics – Boccia and Athletics

A new Boccia and Athletics session has now started for participants at OK4U Christchurch Community Centre on Fridays 1-2pm. This is coached by Richard Overton who is enjoying a unique session where the participants can sample a variety of activities. The bocci a aspect of the session will help contribute players to the ever growing Saturday morning session, where they can develop their skills further.

Christchurch Community Centre OK4U - Swindon Special Olympics

Christchurch Community Centre OK4U – Swindon Special Olympics

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Special Olympics News – Tennis at Delta

An inclusive tennis session for a wide range of physical and learning disabilities has also been set up on Wednesdays 1-2pm at Delta Tennis Centre, with one court available for those who are there to enjoy the sport of tennis at an entry level and a court available for the potential future Special Olympics athletes who have shown prowess when it comes to holding a rally!

Delta Tennis Centre Swindon - Special Olympics

Delta Tennis Centre Swindon – Special Olympics