Special Olympics Great Britain (GB) exists to support and develop sports coaching and competition opportunities for people with an intellectual (learning) disability. Therefore we require each individual involved in an accredited Special Olympics programme, whether competing or in training, to register using the Special Olympics GB Athlete Membership (SAM) Process.
To receive your Special Olympics Membership (SAM) number you are required to follow the following process. The SOGB Eligibility criteria can be viewed by clicking here or downloading it below.
1) Complete the Health and Information Form (Also downloadable below) - This will allow us and your club/coach to deal with any issues raised and ensure you have the right environment for training.
2) Provide Eligibility Endorsement Material - Eligibility endorsement material must be provided by a professional associated with the individual personally, in an appropriate position to understand what the definition of intellectual disability means, for example a Psychologist, Doctor, Head Teacher, local learning disability team advisor (local authority), Manager of a care home, CEO of an intellectual (learning) disability specific organisation or Social Worker. Eligibility endorsement material can take many forms, including a letter or copy information from a professional (a clinical or educational psychology report, SEN report or letter from your GP), which contains outline evidence supporting the conclusion that the athlete has an intellectual disability in line with the Special Olympics GB Eligibility Criteria. An Athlete Eligibility Endorsement Form can be used if required, to acquire the relevant sign off from a professional, which may be submitted instead of letters or copy information. This is reviewed within 12weeks
3) Complete the SAM form (Also downloadable below)- Fully complete this form, with picture and return to the below address. You will be informed directly of the outcome
Please send all completed SAM forms, eligibility endorsement material and related queries to: Karen Wallin, Special Olympics GB, Corinthian House, 1st Floor, 6-8 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3NT.
For any further questions please contact us directly at [email protected] or call 07545433729