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.
|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:
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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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