Special Olympics Great Britain

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Special Olympics Great Britain
Special Olympics Great Britain logo.png
Sport Special Olympics
Jurisdiction England, Scotland, Wales
Founded 1978
Headquarters London
President Lawrie McMenemy
Vice president Paul Anderson
Secretary Murton Mann
Official website
www.specialolympicsgb.org.uk
United Kingdom

Special Olympics Great Britain is a sporting organisation for children and adults with intellectual disabilities that operates in England, Scotland and Wales. It is part of the global Special Olympics movement.

History[edit]

Initially known as Special Olympics UK, it was founded in 1978 by Chris Maloney MBE and at the time, was one of the first European programmes of the international Special Olympics movement.[1] Special Olympics GB was established on August 8, 1979, the year Great Britain made its début at the Special Olympics World Games in Brockport, United States.

Organisation[edit]

Special Olympics GB creates opportunities for children and adults with learning (intellectual) disabilities to take part in various sports training and competition year-round.

Special Olympics is often confused with the Paralympics, which is for elite athletes with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.

To be eligible to take part in the Special Olympics GB programmes, participants would have to have an IQ of 75 and below. There are currently 150 Special Olympics clubs in Great Britain, run by over 4,000 volunteers, and involving 8,000 athletes who benefit from taking regular sport training and competitions programmes.[2]

Special Olympics GB has a charitable status and has been receiving donations and funding from individuals as well as corporate partners. National Grid, Coca-Cola GB, ABB and Lions Clubs International are some of the long-term official partners of the charity.[3]

Special Olympic GB Ambassadors from the world of sports and entertainment help to raise funds and build awareness of the charity’s work throughout Great Britain.[4]

Special Olympics GB includes former Southampton football manager Lawrie McMenemy, Olympic Champion athlete Darren Campbell, former NBA basketball legend John Amaechi, TV beauty and style guru Armand Beasley.

Special Olympics GB offers 26 different individual and team sports that provide meaningful training and competition opportunities for people with intellectual (learning) disabilities.[5]

Special Olympics GB has an extensive network of clubs operating in 19 regions throughout England, Scotland and Wales.[6]

All the clubs and competitions are run solely by an army of dedicated volunteers.[7]

Special Olympics Great Britain National Games[edit]

The Special Olympics Great Britain National Games are held every four years.

Editions[edit]

Edition Year Host City Start Date End Date
I 1982 Liverpool
II 1986 Brighton and Hove
III 1989 Leicester
IV 1993 Sheffield 20 August 26 August
V 1997 Portsmouth 28 June 5 July
VI 2001 Cardiff 28 July 7 August
VII 2005 Glasgow 2 July 9 July
VIII 2009 Leicester 25 July 31 July
IX 2013 Bath 28 August 1 September
X 2017 Sheffield 7 August 12 August

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History | Special Olympics". Specialolympicsgb.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  2. ^ "About Us | Special Olympics". Specialolympicsgb.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Ambassadors | Special Olympics". Specialolympicsgb.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  5. ^ "Sports We Offer | Special Olympics". Specialolympicsgb.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  6. ^ "Find A Club | Special Olympics". Specialolympicsgb.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  7. ^ "As a Volunteer | Special Olympics". Specialolympicsgb.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 

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