Special Olympics Solent Special Olympics Great Britain has chosen Active Nation to introduce a new programme in the Solent area – expanding their activity in the Southern region. Special Olympics Solent's mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic sporting disciplines, for all children and adults with intellectual [learning] disabilities, giving them opportunities to develop their physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in sharing skills, gifts and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. We have identified the provision for disabled people within Southampton and its surrounding areas. Active Nation’s existing ActiveAbility Programme, already the local trailblazer when it comes to disability in sport, focuses primarily on grass roots activity and bespoke groups. Now this newest partnership with Special Olympics GB will allow Active Nation to uncover sporting talent and opportunities for participants to grow, compete and become an athlete too. So, what is the network able to offer participants and athletes? Quality sports coaching 48 weeks per year to encourage fitness, commitment and discipline through sport Recognition and development and an opportunity to participate, train and compete in a wide variety of sports and events Help in developing social skills and friendships, built through the interaction and team spirit of their sports training and competition Experience of new cultures when travelling abroad The opportunity to compete and participate for the fun of it too, rather than focus on winning Inclusion of people with an intellectual [learning] disability in mainstream sports Our weekly sessions focus on promoting progression within and offer firm athlete development pathways to local, regional and national competitions. Our programme can be found below: Timetable You can view our current timetables here. For more information or to join in the fun, click here and get in touch with a member of the team.