Mission and Vision
Who We Are
Special Olympics Great Britain is part of the world’s largest programme of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with learning disabilities. It currently serves over 8,000 athletes who participate in local sports programmes, then regional, national and international competitions. The National Games are held every 2 years alternating between summer and winter games and then World Games every 4 years.
The Special Olympics City of York committee was established in 2007. We are made up of local athletes with learning disabilities, parents of athletes, and other volunteers who all want to make a difference. We are primarily responsible for organising, promoting and running regular training sessions and supporting young people and adults with learning disabilities. This enables them to compete at their level in local, regional and national competitions.
Committee Aims & Goals
A Special Olympics City of York Committee has been formed to:
- Provide quality sports training all year round
- Encourage fitness, commitment and discipline through sport
- 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
- Provide quality coaching
- Help athletes develop social skills and build friendships through the interaction and team spirit of their sports training and competition
- Provide athletes with the experience of new cultures when travelling abroad
- Encourage athletes to compete and participate rather than have an emphasis on winning
- Promote the inclusion of people with a learning disability in mainstream sport