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Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB) is the major provider of sporting opportunities for people with a learning disability and provides equality of opportunity for all our athletes regardless of ability or degree of disability.
Their aims are:
- To provide quality sports training 48 weeks in each year - to encourage fitness, commitment and discipline through sport.
- To provide as many Special Olympics athletes with the opportunity to participate, train and compete in as wide a variety of sports and events as possible.
- To provide quality coaching.
- To help athletes develop social skills and build friendships through the interaction and team spirit of their sports training and competition.
- To provide athletes with the experience of new cultures when travelling abroad.
- To encourage athletes to compete and participate rather than have an emphasis on winning.
- To promote the inclusion of people with a learning disability in mainstream sport.
They provide the programme across Great Britain through 150 clubs which currently provide to over 8,000 children and adults. They are committed to increasing opportunities through the provision of new clubs and training of more volunteers, to ensure that every person with a learning disability who wishes to take part in sport has this opportunity.
Special Olympics is a lifetime of learning through sport and involves individuals with a learning disability of all ages and ability levels – from low motor abilities to highly-skilled athletes.
Last updated on 08/11/2013