Training in sports

Special Olympics Bharat offers training and competition opportunities in 25 Olympic-style individual and team sports for persons with intellectual disabilities. We organise training and competitions at local, district, state,  national and international levels. The best performers, also referred to as the Selected Probables attend National Coaching Camps supported by the Sports Authority of India to prepare for international competitive events. Over 90% of our registered Athletes have participated in competitions at any of the aforementioned levels.

Alpine Skiing Aquatics Athletics Badminton
Basket Ball Bocce Cricket Cycling
Figure Skating Floor Ball Floor Hockey Football
Kabbadi Kho-kho Power Lifting Net Ball
Roller Skating Snow Boarding Snow Shoeing Soft Ball
Speed Skating Table tennis Team Handball Volley Ball

Special Olympics Bharat conducts  National Coaching Camps every year. These camps are supported by the Sports Authority of India . Each camp gives athletes and coaches the opportunity to be trained in a specific sport. The Coaching Camps enable participants to acquire sport skills matching international standards to face global competitions.


Advanced Coaches Training Programs (ACTP)

The Advanced Coaches Training Programme seeks to create a cadre of national level trainers and provides advance training in various sports disciplines to help coaches train athletes professionally. The programme was launched in 2008, with the support of the Sports Authority of India and International Inspiration, London Olympics 2012’s international sports legacy programme. The first two camps, sponsored by International Inspiration, trained 100 coaches.

Special Olympics Bharat has a large pool of coaches and trainers. Most of them are sportspersons and some are special educators. Like the athletes, the coaches too are selected for bigger roles and greater responsibilities based on their performance and abilities. They undergo constant training to increase their level of sports knowledge and to equip them to cater to our growing number of athletes, as coaches, trainers and physical educators at local levels and in special schools. Special Olympics athletes are also trained as coaches based on their ability, knowledge and performance.


Games Management Training 

A Games Management System (GMS) is designed and executed specifically to address the needs of the organisation for managing large and small scale events, as well as registering and tracking athletes in competition and training.A Games Management System (GMS)training is conducted to impart computer knowledge to the Coaches.  Sample of a GMS entry

Catching ‘em young
We have a special focus on developing young athletes. The Young Athletes programme (YAP) introduces children with intellectual disabilities from the age of two through seven to sports and prepares them for competitions once they turn 8. The programme is solely participation based and there are no competitive events during it.

YAP has been designed to:

  • Focus on physical activities which help develop fundamental motor and tracking skills, and eye-hand coordination
  • Help the child improve her/his concentration on the application of physical activities through sports and develop skills consistent with the Special Olympics Sports Play
  • Increase coordination, strength, social skills and awareness of self-worth
  • Provide the child and the family with access to resources and a network of support

Read more  about Young Athletes


May 2017

A training program for Special Olympics Bharat Program Managers, Coaches and the Area Directors was held from 27-29 May 2017 at the Little Angels School, Sonipat, and Haryana.  The program was planned to develop capacity of the States to roll out the IKEA Young Athlete Programme (YAP) in a standardized manner across India. Focus was on the deliverables of each State, implementation methods, timelines, providing guidelines for monitoring and reporting outcomes along with the curriculum and communication procedures to be followed to ensure quality outreach and measure impact. The program was attended by 74 trainees from 22 states. Full Report  



May 2017

April and May were replete with sporting activities in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. 42 Young Athletes participated at a camp conducted in Ananthapura while 48 were seen enjoying and doing the drills amidst colourful equipment and music at Medak in Telangana. Impact surprisingly can be visible even in a single day when you see a parent of a 5 year old Athlete startled by the child attempting to go through the rings, when all hopes of even seeing her crawl have been shattered in the past. This is just what the Young Athlete Camps hold for the parents and guardians



April 2017

The Young Athlete Program was conducted on Saturday, 22 April 2017 in two remote locations of the Hugli district in the state of West Bengal

At Jirat the program took 33 Athletes and 12 Partners, within an age range of 4 and 9 years , through 5 stations of activity. The resource team included 5 Aanganwadi workers, 4 teachers from the local school and 6 SO Bharat Coaches from the district and the State offices at the Jirat Astha Special School which hosted the program. The event saw an approximate attendance of 120 persons including the Headmasters of two local schools. The State Chapter gifted a basic and an advanced kit to enable the activity to be conducted on a weekly basis there.

The other venue for the program was local football grounds of the Sports Association at Kanaipur , which is 57 kms from Kolkata. Out of 63 Athletes with and without Intellectual Disabilities, 22 were Unified Partners. The Local Panchayat Pradhan was the Chief Guest at the function which was also attended by the local club members amongst 90 persons in attendance. The event drew support from the local Britannica Depot and the Mother Dairy  plant who served juice , biscuit packs and curd to all the participants.

The Young Athlete kit comprising a basic and an advanced kit was presented by the State Chapter at both venues to ensure conduct of the program on a weekly basis . the Chief Guests were presented with folders containing a curriculum and an activity book each.

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