Special Olympics Scotland

Special Olympics GB is the largest registered charity providing year round sports training and competition opportunities for people with intellectual (learning) disabilities in Great Britain. The 40th anniversary games are being hosted by Special Olympics Scotland in Stirling, between 9-13th August 2018.

The Games will welcome c.1,200 athletes, 400 coaches & officials, 500 volunteers and attract c. 5,000 family members and spectators to the event from across the UK and Europe. A primary focus of the Games is Play Unified to promote lasting relationships between disabled and non-disabled people through joint participation on and off the field of play.

The Event’s international audience will help to showcase Scotland as a vibrant, leading, positive and inclusive country.

We will target Young People, using a “Be bold, be kind, be awesome!” campaign. This helps challenge young people’s perceptions and attitudes towards young people with intellectual (learning) disabilities, creating a more unified next generation.

All sports are divisioned to cater for all ability levels, including exclusive lower ability competition in Swimming, Athletics and Multi Activity Training Programme (MATP), enabling very low ability and multi disability athletes to enjoy competing at a high-profile national games.

Athletes will attend from across the GB and European countries.


Current opportunities

The mission of Special Olympics Scotland (SOS) is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Their motto is: "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt". An important element SOS's work is to promote and engage new participants, volunteers and coaches into the organisation. The SOS Committee is recruiting a volunteer to increase the use of the SOS Facebook platform to develop new partnerships with business, engage new members and raise the profile of Special Olympics in Scotland. To carry out this role, we are looking for someone who is available for 2-3 hours per week, and has the following skills: • Have good understanding and experience of social media platforms • Be a good communicator with good verbal, written and IT skills • Have good organizational skills • Be enthusiastic • Have a good understanding of the importance and relevance of social media and the impact it will have on in relation to Special Olympics. • Develop an understanding of the vision and purpose including strategic plan of Special Olympics Main tasks that you will be involved with are: • Developing the Special Olympics Scotland Brand • Raising the profile of Special Olympics Scotland in a positive and equitable way • Showcasing SOS purpose and sharing the Special Olympics story • Developing strong and meaningful partnerships and connections with other sporting and charitable bodies for the benefit of SOS • Engage with new participants, volunteers and coaches communicate clearly the benefits of memberships. • This role will give an individual the opportunity to gain experience and take on a new challenge.

The mission of Special Olympics Scotland (SOS) is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Their motto is: "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt". An important element SOS's work is to promote and engage new participants, volunteers and coaches into the organisation. The SOS Committee is recruiting a volunteer to increase the use of the SOS Facebook platform to develop new partnerships with business, engage new members and raise the profile of Special Olympics in Scotland. To carry out this role, we are looking for someone who is available for 2-3 hours per week, and has the following skills: • Have good understanding and experience of social media platforms • Be a good communicator with good verbal, written and IT skills • Have good organizational skills • Be enthusiastic • Have a good understanding of the importance and relevance of social media and the impact it will have on in relation to Special Olympics. • Develop an understanding of the vision and purpose including strategic plan of Special Olympics Main tasks that you will be involved with are: • Developing the Special Olympics Scotland Brand • Raising the profile of Special Olympics Scotland in a positive and equitable way • Showcasing SOS purpose and sharing the Special Olympics story • Developing strong and meaningful partnerships and connections with other sporting and charitable bodies for the benefit of SOS • Engage with new participants, volunteers and coaches communicate clearly the benefits of memberships. • This role will give an individual the opportunity to gain experience and take on a new challenge.