About Special Olympics GatesheadSpecial Olympics Gateshead Tyne & Wear, is a multi-award winning registered charity (800329) and sporting club, which provides weekly sports training in 10 sports for people with learning disabilities, autism and physical disabilities, equipping our athletes with the confidence and skills to participate in regional, national and international sporting competitions. The sporting club practices the following sports:
- Short Mat Bowls
- Swimming (Aquatics)
- Table Tennis
- Ten Pin Bowling
About our Coaches
Qualified coaches provide weekly training to athletes in venues such as Gateshead International Stadium and Gateshead Leisure Centre enabling the club’s athletes to use the same facilities that have also been used by their idols such as Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah, providing them with pride and confidence as well as demonstrating to others the talent and potential that lies in people with disabilities.
From such training, athletes have made their mark in Special Olympics and Cerebral Palsy sporting competitions in Canada, Scotland and in all areas of England. Athletes as young as 6 are able to take part in weekly training sessions and from the age of 8 to represent the sporting club in competitions.
Our AwardsSpecial Olympics Gateshead Tyne & Wear commenced in June 2014 and has made phenomenal progress in less than 3 years, winning the following awards:
- ‘Sports Club of the Year’ in the 2017 Gateshead Awards
- ‘Putting People First / Personalisation’ award at the 2016 Great Britain Care Awards
- ‘Outstanding Sports Club of the Year’ award at the 2016 North East Disability Sports Awards
- ‘Putting People First / Personalisation’ award at the 2015 North East Care Awards
- ‘Groups who have made a difference’ award at the 2015 North East Equality Awards
What we offer
The weekly training and competition opportunities provided by Special Olympics Gateshead Tyne & Wear helps athletes:
- Become physically fitter from their sporting exploits.
- Gain greater confidence and feelings of self-worth.
- Increase social networks and friendships.
- Travel outside of their local community – for many athletes for the first time in their lives.
- Foster acceptance and inclusion by showcasing their abilities to their peers, family relatives and other stakeholders of the talent and potential that they possess.