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Special Olympics Oxfordshire

What is Special Olympics Oxfordshire?

Special Olympics Oxfordshire is the Oxfordshire branch of Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB). SOGB is the largest provider of year-round sport training and competition for all people with an intellectual disability.

Special Olympics is recognised as the third member of the "Olympic Family" and is the only other organisation allowed to use the word 'Olympic.'

Special Olympics Oxfordshire aim to:

  • Increase opportunities and participation in sporting activities, training and competition for people with an intellectual disability (ID) in Oxfordshire.
  • Support established clubs and help the development of new clubs or groups
  • Provide countywide coordination and signposting of sport for people with an ID
  • Over the next two years, we specifically includes aims to: increase the number of sports offered to at least four, increase SO participation across the county by at least 50 athletes and support SOS athletes participation in national and international competition.

Special Olympics Oxfordshire will play a key part in helping to achieve the ambition of Oxfordshire Sport and Physical activity to be the 'most active county' in England.

How do I get involved with Special Olympics Oxfordshire?

1) Individuals with an Intellectual Disability who already train in a sport weekly can register themselves with Special Olympics Oxfordshire and be a Special Olympics Athlete in their chosen sport/s with access to competitions.

2) Clubs that already provide weekly training for people with Intellectual Disabilites can register as Partner Organisations and register their club and athletes with Special Olympics Oxfordshire.

3) Special Olympics Oxfordshire are looking to set up new opportunties so if you are an organisation or coach that would like to be involved in the network then please get in touch!

If you would like further information about Special Olympics Oxfordshire then please contact Lucy Tappin ltappin@oxford.gov.uk or ring 01865 252661.

Special Olympics Oxfordshire Network

The Special Olympics Oxfordshire Network are the councils, groups, clubs and associations that are working together to run and develop Special Olympics opportunties across Oxfordshire. The organisations that have signed up are:

Access Sport

Cherwell District Council


Oxford City Council

OXSRAD - The Integrated Leisure Centre

KEEN Oxford

South Oxfordshire District Council

Vale of White Horse District Council

West Oxfordshire District Council

Yellow Submarine


Boccia Special Olympics Oxfordshire Session in Oxford

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:22

Fun Boccia sessions are taking place at Rose Hill Community Centre. The session takes place 11am-12 Midday for people with a learning disability, aged 16+ as part of the Special Olympics movement.

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For more information contact:

Lucy Tappin

Lucy Tappin

Disability and Youth Officer

Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity

As Disability Officer, Lucy liaises with a number of organisations to provide inclusive sport and physical activity opportunities around Oxfordshire. She also leads on the Active Body Healthy Mind project aimed to help people with mental ill health to access supported activities in their local communities.

01865 252661

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