Special Olympics Derbyshire
Creating a pathway of training and competition
The Special Olympics Derbyshire (SOD) network was set up in 2015, funded by Special Olympics GB to help create a pathway of training and competition opportunities for people with Learning Disabilities in Derbyshire.
Special Olympics GB is the country's largest provider of year-round sports training and competition programmes for children and adults with intellectual (learning) disabilities in Great Britain.
SOD are in their infancy and are focusing development in a few sports initially that include Athletics, Basketball, Cycling, Golf and Football. If your club has players with Learning Disabilities that would like to access the Special Olympics pathway or would like to know how to become part of the SOD network then get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
Coaching programmes in Derbyshire
The Special Olympics Derbyshire network are working with local clubs to develop new sessions for participants.
The network is also developing coach education opportunities to help provide coaches and volunteers with the skills and knowledge they need to work effectively with the LD community.
For more details on the Athletics programme please contact Rob McCarthy on email@example.com or 07502 936780.
Glossop Gladiators in action.
The following clubs have opportunities for people with learning disabilities to play at:
- Glossop Gladiators, Wednesdays, 6.30pm - 7.30pm, Glossop Leisure Centre, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 07786 14441
The Special Olympics Derbyshire network are working with local clubs and groups to develop new sessions for participants in other areas of Derbyshire.
For more details on the Basketball programme please contact Jacob Meaton email@example.com or 07786 144 414.
Boccia is a great sport for anyone to play.
There are opportunities to play Boccia at the following sites in Derbyshire:
- Chesterfield Boccia group - Thursdays at Queens Park Sport Centre in Chesterfield, contact Gill Hawketts on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07808 173391
- Erewash Boccia club - Sundays 1.30 - 3.00pm at West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton, contact John Milton email@example.com
The following Football clubs have training opportunities for people with learning disabilities:
- Contact Andy Bill - firstname.lastname@example.org or 01335 344152 or 07828 707438
- Wednesdays 6.00 - 7.00pm at St Mary's Catholic High School; contact email@example.com or 01246 264030
Hilton Harriers FC:
- Thursdays 6.00-7.00pm at Etwall Leisure Centre; contact Maxine Harlow - firstname.lastname@example.org or 07713 362019
There are lots of clubs to play Football for in Derbyshire.
- Thursdays 6.30-7.30pm at West Park; contact Vince Wilde- email@example.com or 07875 555359
- Wednesdays 5.30 - 6.30pm at Derby Moor Community College; contact Nick Britten - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tuesdays 6.30 - 7.30pm at Wirksworth Leisure Centre; contact Chris Whittall - email@example.com or 07747 707117
Other local opportunities to play sport
To find out more details of where you can play sport at inclusive clubs in Derbyshire, download the Special Olympics Derbyshire exit route flyer.
- Special Olympics Derbyshire exit routes (PDF, 155 Kb)
A local volunteer helping during a Boccia session in Chesterfield.
Within the Special Olympics Derbyshire (SOD) network there are lots of different volunteering opportunities available, including:
- SOD steering group roles: to help SOD develop, the steering group are responsible for administration, membership, communication, marketing, fundraising.
- Coaches: whether you already coach athletes with Learning Disabilities and want to know more about the Special Olympics pathway or whether you want to get involved for the first time, get in touch to find out more.
- Event volunteers: various events and competitions take place throughout the year where we need volunteers to help out on the day.
- Volunteers at clubs: help at grass roots level where our SO athletes train throughout the year; roles could be promoting the club, helping with administration or being a team manager.
Get in touch for more details: to find out more about any of these opportunities contact Rob Hartley:
Phone: 07837 498263
Getting involved as an Athlete
Children and adults with intellectual (learning) disabilities who participate in the Special Olympics sports programme develop improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image. They grow mentally, socially and spiritually and ultimately discover not only new friends, abilities and talents, but their "voices" as well.
To find out more about becoming a Special Olympics athlete, visit the SOGB website here.
To find out about what Special Olympics clubs there are across the region, visit the SOGB 'Find a Club' search here.
Follow SOD on social mediaTweets by @SODerbyshire
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