Special Olympics

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Special Olympics Swindon

The Special Olympics Movement is the ‘third arm’ of the Olympics organisation, along with the Olympics and Paralympics, and is dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with an Intellectual  (Learning) Disability through training and competition in numerous sporting disciplines, in both summer and winter sports.

Swindon is now an accredited branch of SOGB (Special Olympics Great Britain) and currently provides sport opportunities in football, tennis, boccia and athletics. The club was formed off the back of the success of the National Games in Bath, with a vision of increasing awareness for disability sport in the South West.

Session Details 2018

Swindon currently offers training opportunities in the following sports:

Football (16+): Mondays 13:30-14:30, Futsal Arena , Unit 29, Techno Trading Estate, Kembrey Park, SN2 8HB, £2 per session. Contact: Sam Wycherley (swycherley@swindon.gov.uk)

Tennis (16+): Wednesdays 13:00-14:00, Delta Tennis Centre, Welton Road, Swindon, SN5 7XF, £1.70 per session. Contact: Sam Wycherley (swycherley@swindon.gov.uk)

Tennis (6-16):  Wednesdays 17:00-18:00, Delta Tennis Centre, Welton Road, Swindon, SN5 7XF, £4.20 per session. Contact: Sam Wycherley (swycherley@swindon.gov.uk)

Boccia (16+): Fridays 12:00-14:00, OK4U Upham Road, Swindon, FREE. Contact: Sam James (SJames3@swindon.gov.uk)

Boccia (12+): Thursday 16.30-17:30, Dorcan Recreation Complex, Saint Paul’s Drive, Swindon, SN3 5BY, £2 per session. Contact: Sam James (SJames3@swindon.gov.uk)

Athletics (5+): Tuesdays (October-March) from 16:45-17:45 The Commonweal School, The Mall, Swindon, SN1 4JE, (April-September) from 16:45-17:45 County Ground, Athletic Track, County Road, Swindon, SN1 2EE. FREE
Contact: Sam Wycherley (swycherley@swindon.gov.uk) 

Eligibility – Who is eligible?

Our sessions are  inclusive to anyone with a learning disability. A person is eligible to become a Special Olympics athlete provided that he/she is eight years of age and older and has been identified as having an intellectual (learning) disability.

The Department of Health (2001, Valuing People) define a learning disability as a significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information, to learn new skills (impaired intelligence) with a reduced ability to cope independently (impaired social functioning) which started before adulthood, with a lasting effect on development.

In the UK a person is deemed to have an intellectual (learning) disability if they have an IQ lower than 75.

IQ tests are acknowledged to be limited. In addition the individual is usually expected to have significant difficulties with self-care, adaptive behaviour and self-organisational skills.

This definition covers adults with autism who also have learning disabilities, but not those with a higher level of autistic spectrum disorder who may be of average, or above average intelligence, such as people with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Eligibility – Who is not eligible?

People with conditions such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome or challenging behaviour or similarly people with a physical or sensory impairment may not qualify for Special Olympics unless they ALSO have an intellectual (learning) disability.

Eligibility officer

If you are unsure whether you are eligible to join Special Olympics then contact Lewis Bird (LBird@swindon.gov.uk) and we can arrange for you to discuss with our Eligibility Officer who can help to establish your eligibility.

For more detailed information about eligibility please refer to the Special Olympics Great Britain website: http://www.specialolympicsgb.org.uk/am-i-eligible

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Special Olympics GB 2017 Schedule | CLICK HERE

Athlete Membership Process Form | CLICK HERE

Eligibility explanatory statement 2013 | CLICK HERE

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Funders | Special Olympics Swindon

We would like to give a special thank you to all our funders for their donations towards Special Olympics Swindon.

  • Comic Relief £1.5k
  • Sport England £9.9k
  • TE Connectivity £6k
  • Special Olympics GB £2K
  • Football Foundation £3k
  • Eric Walker 5.5k


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