At Lothian Special Olympics, our mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual (learning) disabilities - giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in sharing skills, gifts and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
To facilitate access to year round inclusive training and competition for all people in Lothian with an intellectual disability, through direct provision and partnerships with likeminded organisation’s.
- Provide quality sports training for at least 48 weeks per year to encourage fitness, commitment and discipline through sport.
- Provide as many Special Olympics athletes as possible, with the opportunity to participate, train and compete in a wide variety of sports and events.
- 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 by travelling abroad.
- Encourage athletes to compete and participate for the fun of it, rather than focus on winning.
- Promote, where possible, the inclusion of people with an intellectual (learning) disability in mainstream sport.
There are an estimated 1.5 million people with an intellectual (learning) disability in Great Britain. The number of adults with an intellectual (learning) disability is predicted to increase 14% by 2021.