Special Olympics

Special Olympics Peterborough

Special Olympics

Special Olympics offers a lifetime of learning through sport and benefits individuals of all ages and ability levels – from those with low motor abilities to highly skilled athletes.

Celebrating 40 years of Special Olympics

Since the formation in 1978 as part of the global Special Olympics Movement. Special Olympics Great Britain (SO GB) has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of people through sport. There are currently 150 Special Olympics clubs in Great Britain, run by over 3,000 volunteers, and involving 8,000 athletes who benefit from our sports programme.

Special Olympics GB is a recognised member of the Olympic family with a unique role to play. The Paralympics provides sports competitions for elite level disabled athletes with physical and sensory disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, while Special Olympics fosters community sport year-round at all levels for those with intellectual disabilities.

We are delighted to welcome to the Inspire team the Special Olympics (SO) Peterborough Branch Co-ordinator Kay Greenaway to help support the growth of SO in Peterborough leading up to the SO Sheffield 2017 Games and beyond.

Special Olympics Peterborough has four important roles:

  1. Firstly, it gives the athletes a chance to be part of a team, to feel a sense of pride and achievement, to enjoy the success of winning, to learn to support each other in times of disappointment, and have aspirations to improve, develop and succeed.
  2. Secondly, it helps them to be fit and healthy.
  3. Thirdly, it helps them foster friendships and develop social skills.
  4. Fourthly, it is a support network for the parents sharing information and problem solving the many issues they have to face.

Apart from our level 2 lead coach, all our committee members, level 1 coaches and other helpers are volunteers and we rely entirely on charitable donations to fund the coaching costs, attend galas and to buy equipment for training as we want every athlete to have the opportunity to take part. Our group aim is to help athletes develop their techniques and train towards whatever goals they wish to try and achieve.

Current Special Olympics Timetable

To join in on the fun, take a look at the activities below!

5.45pm – 7pm
Peterborough Athletics TrackIan Nolan
01778 347458
7pm – 8pm
Jack Hunt Swimming PoolJoh Roberts
10.15am – 12pm
Peterborough Indoor Bowls ClubKay Greenaway
01733 330815
11am – 12pm
Hampton Leisure CentreMatt Taylor
01733 863783
5.30pm – 6.30pm
6.30pm – 7.30pm
Lynch Farm Riding SchoolMarilyn Butcher
Figure SkatingMonday
6.30pm – 7.30pm
Planet IceKay Greenaway
01733 330815
Gymnastics ArtisticSaturday
11am – 12pm
Peterborough Gymnastics Zoe Manning
GolfTBANene Park Golf ClubSuzanne Dickens


Special Olympics Swimming


Special Olympics Athletics

Horse Riding

Special Olympics Equestrian

Inclusive Skating

Weight Lifting

Special Olympics Weight Lifting


Special Olympics Basketball


Special Olympics Boccia


Special Olympics Gymnastics

Specials Olympics has been active in Peterborough for around 30 years. There are seven local registered groups:- Aquatics, Athletics, Equestrian, Figure Skating, Gymnastics Artistic, Gymnastics Rhythmic, Powerlifting.
For the latest information on Gymnastics (Rhythmic and Artistic) and Powerlifting, or SO in general, please contact Kay Greenaway on kay@inspirepeterborough.com.

Latest Special Olympic News

Read the latest news and information relating to inclusive actvities, disabled sport and the development of Inspire Peterborough and its partners.

Special Olympics Presentation Evening a Success!

A fantastic night was had by all at the Special Olympics Presentation evening on Saturday 22ndSeptember 2018. Over a hundred athletes and their families joined together to celebrate the achievements of athletes and commemorate 40 years of Special Olympics Great Britain. Peterborough Boccia Club received certificates of achievement, medals of inspiration, commemorative pin badges and […]

Inclusive Skating Returns to Peterborough!

We are so very pleased to announce the return of Inclusive Skating! There has been a few changes since last time, so please do read on. Due to ice availability, we have moved the classes to Monday nights, from 6.30 to 7.30pm. It’s every other week, starting Monday 21st May. You will need to book […]

Special Olympics Peterborough

A very big thank you from everyone at Special Olympics Peterborough for the kind donation from Inspire Peterborough and Coopers Community who kindly donated selection boxes for all our Special Olympic Athletes. Special Olympic Officer Kay Greenaway presented the selection boxes to all of the sports at their end of year sessions. The Athletics club […]


Peterborough Special Olympic Swimming Club has just come back from another very successful gala with some amazing stories to tell! On Saturday 11th November the swimming club took a group of 12 swimmers accompanied by parent/carers to the Thetford Lions Swimming Gala.  An annual event for the club and one that is ideal for new […]

Inspire Land Horner Foundation Funding and Welcome Kay to the Team

Inspire Peterborough is delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from the Horner Foundation for the next two years to support and develop Special Olympics Peterborough to offer every young person age 12 to 25 years with a learning disability in Peterborough the following:- Opportunity to take part in fun and safe sport […]

Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games

7TH -12TH AUGUST 2017 The Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games 2017 took place in the city of Sheffield. 5 swimmers, 1 athlete and 1 rhythmic gymnast with 3 coach/escorts and 1 volunteer from Special Olympics Peterborough had the wonderful experience of representing The Special Olympic Eastern Region Team the fourth largest delegation.

Volunteer Swimming Coach Needed!

Volunteering Information Are you over 18 and interested in swimming and coaching? Would you like to help out a team of dedicated coaches and volunteers who support swimmers with learning disabilities to train for competitions and for their own enjoyment? If you can answer yes then Special Olympics Peterborough would like to hear from you. [...]

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