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Special Olympics Gloucestershire

Special Olympics is an international organisation, which provides all year round sports training and athletic competition across a variety of sports, for children and adults with learning disabilities. These activities encourage participants to develop their physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience genuine pride and delight in what they have achieved and participate in sharing gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other athletes and the community.

At the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California, 115 athletes represented Great Britain and between them, they earnt 179 medals. Sadly, none of the athletes who competed were from Gloucestershire. We are working to change this.

With the establishment of ‘Special Olympics Gloucestershire’, people with learning disabilities within our county, no longer have to travel outside Gloucestershire in order to take advantage of sporting opportunities. We strongly believe that people in our county should be able to access opportunities locally and we are proud that we have been able to accomplish this.

We would like to thank those organisations supporting the development of ‘Special Olympics Gloucestershire’ including the NHS 2gether Trust, the Cheltenham Trust, the University of Gloucestershire, Allsorts, Glo-Active, Gloucestershire County Council, Hartpury College, Inclusion Gloucestershire, people with intellectual impairments and all our project funders. If you would like more information about becoming an athlete, volunteering or running inclusive physical activity sessions in Gloucestershire, please contact:

Liam Nicholls

Special Olympics Gloucestershire Coordinator

Email: liamnicholls@activegloucestershire.org

Tel: 01452 393 607

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Special Olympics Taster Event October 2015