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Special Olympics Derbyshire

Creating a pathway of training and competition

The Special Olympics Derbyshire (SO Derbyshire) network was set up in 2015, funded by Special Olympics GB to help create a pathway of training and competition opportunities for people with Learning Disabilities in Derbyshire.

Special Olympics GB is the country's largest provider of year-round sports training and competition programmes for children and adults with intellectual (learning) disabilities in Great Britain.

SO Derbyshire are focusing development in a few sports initially that include Athletics, Basketball, Cycling, Golf and Football. If your club has players with Learning Disabilities that would like to access the Special Olympics pathway or would like to know how to become part of the SO Derbyshire network then get in touch with rachael.dyer@derbyshire.gov.uk

Coaching programmes in Derbyshire


The SO Derbyshire network are working with local clubs to develop new sessions for participants.

The network is also developing coach education opportunities to help provide coaches and volunteers with the skills and knowledge they need to work effectively with the LD community.

For more details on the Athletics programme please contact Rob McCarthy on rob@denovocoaching.com or 07502 936780.

Glossop Gladiators in action.


The following clubs have opportunities for people with learning disabilities to play at:

  • Chesterfield Sabres, Tuesdays, 5.00pm -6.00pm, Chesterfield College contact Jacob: 07786 14441 or jacob@dosportuk.co.uk
  • Glossop Gladiators, Wednesdays, 6.30pm - 7.30pm, Glossop Leisure Centre, contact Jacob: jacob@dosportuk.co.uk or 07786 144 414.
  • Derby, Mondays 5.00pm - 6.00pm, Derby Arena

For more details on the Basketball programme please contact Jacob Meaton jacob@dosportuk.co.uk or 07786 144 414.


Boccia is a great inclusive sport that anyone can play.

There are opportunities to play Boccia at the following sites in Derbyshire:

  • Chesterfield Boccia group - Wednesdays at Queens Park Sport Centre in Chesterfield, contact Gill Hawketts on gillianh3@outlook.com or 07808 173391
  • Erewash Boccia club - Sundays 1.30 - 3.00pm at West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton, contact John Milton johnkay46@msn.com


The following Football clubs have training opportunities for people with learning disabilities:

Ashbourne Aztecs FC: Contact Andy Bill - andrew@bill186.orangehome.co.uk or 01335 344152 or 07828 707438

Chesterfield FC Community Trust: Wednesdays 6.00 - 7.00pm at St Mary's Catholic High School; contact activities@chesterfield-fc.co.uk or 01246 264030

Hilton Harriers FC: Thursdays 6.00-7.00pm at Etwall Leisure Centre; contact Maxine Harlow - maxine@harlows.org.uk or 07713 362019

Riverside FC are one of the inclusive clubs in Derbyshire.

Riverside FC: Thursdays 6.30-7.30pm at West Park; contact Vince Wilde- info@rjfc.com or vincewilde180@yahoo.com or 07875 555359

Littleover Dazzlers FC: Wednesdays 5.30 - 6.30pm at Derby Moor Community College; contact Nick Britten - nick.britten1@gmail.com

Wirksworth Colt FC: Tuesdays 6.30 - 7.30pm at Wirksworth Leisure Centre; contact Chris Whittall - crwhittall@aol.com or 07747 707117

Equestrian/Horse Riding

Scropton RDA is Derbyshire's hub for horse riding opportunities for disabled people.

Contact enquiries@scroptonequestrian.com or 01283 812753

Table Tennis

Speedwell Table Tennis Club run fully inclusive sessions that people with a learning disability can take part in:

  • Thursdays 6.30 - 9.30pm, Speedwell rooms, Inkersall Road, Staveley, S43 3JL
  • Bill Cooney: 07932 621513 or billcooney57@gmail.com


The following clubs have opportunities for people with a learning disability to play at:

Other local opportunities to play sport

To find out where you can play sport at inclusive clubs in Derbyshire, click on the 'Special Olympics Derbyshire exit route' flyer.

To find out what other Special Olympics clubs there are in the East Midlands, click on 'Special Olympics East Midlands Clubs'.

Volunteering opportunities

Event volunteers at the SO Derbyshire launch event.

Within the SO Derbyshire network there are lots of different volunteering opportunities available, including:

  • Steering group roles: to help SO Derbyshire develop, the steering group are responsible for administration, membership, communication, marketing, fundraising.
  • Coaches: whether you already coach athletes with Learning Disabilities and want to know more about the Special Olympics pathway or whether you want to get involved for the first time, get in touch to find out more.
  • Event volunteers: various events and competitions take place throughout the year where we need volunteers to help out on the day.
  • Volunteers at clubs: help at grass roots level where our SO athletes train throughout the year; roles could be promoting the club, helping with administration or being a team manager.

Get in touch for more details: to find out more about any of these opportunities contact Rachael Dyer:

Email: rachael.dyer@derbyshire.gov.uk

Phone: 07807 089845

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Policies & Safeguarding

SO Derbyshire are committed to provided a safe environment for all athletes to train and compete within. For more details read the safeguarding policies below.

If you have a concern about a young person or adult, you should raise the concern by contacting one of the following:

  • Your club welfare officer
  • Safer Derbyshire - 01629 533190
  • Derby Safeguarding Adults Board - 01332 642855
  • SO Derbyshire Safeguarding Officer (Pete Edwards) - 07961 565532

If you have an immediate concern about a young person or adult whereby they may be in risk, you should contact the Police.

For any other resources, please visit the Special Olympics GB website: www.specialolympicsgb.org.uk/resources