Special Olympics Great Britain

Special Olympics Great Britain

Charity information

Special Olympics Great Britain

Children and adults with intellectual disabilities are excluded, teased, bullied, experience poor mental & physical health and have a shockingly lower life expectancy. They are also likely to live in poverty and have few opportunities in life. We use sport to transform their lives (and their families') so they can enjoy better physical & mental health and wellbeing, develop self confidence, increased life opportunities, friendship and ultimately inclusion in their communities.

Founded 1978

  • Mission statement

    Using sport, we empower children and adults with an intellectual disability to enhance their health and wellbeing, develop as individuals and feel equal and valued. We aim to reach every child and adult with an intellectual
    disability who wants access to sport in Great Britain.


    We currently reach 10,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and
    deliver 27,000 regular coaching sessions via our 200 clubs in 28 different sports each year.

    We are supported by 4,000 volunteers and 20,000 family members.

    There are 1. 5 million children and adults with an intellectual disability (ID) in Great Britain.

    It’s the most common disability in the UK and is predicted to grow by 14% in 2022.

    200 babies are born with an ID each week.

    It’s caused by the way the brain develops, there are many
    different types and it’s life long.

    Children with an ID are socially excluded and 8 out of 10 are bullied.

    1 in 2 families with an ID child live in poverty.

    1 in 3 people with an ID are obese and have a shockingly lower life expectancy than the rest of the population.

    78% of people with an ID do not take part in any sport activity.

  • Aims

    Special Olympics Great Britain aims to:

    • Empower all children and adults with intellectual disabilities to achieve their potential - personal and sporting.
    • Grow our community by growing the number of sports clubs and sports competitions we offer in more local communities.
    • Strengthen our networks by attracting and training new young volunteers and by increasing our partnership working.
    • Speak out about intellectual disability and show society what our athletes can do rather than what they can't.
  • Overview

    Established: November 1978

    Registered Charity Number: 800329

    Board members: 12

    Full time staff: 7

    Part time staff: 3

    Volunteers: 4000

    Phone number: 0207 375 7612

    Address: Corinthian House,1st Floor, 6-8 Great Eastern Street,London EC2A 3NT

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