Special Olympics Great Britain


Some people think that Special Olympics involves just a few days of games once or twice a year. In reality, the training never stops and is as important as the competition itself.

Special Olympics offers a lifetime of learning through sport and benefits individuals of all ages and ability levels – from those with low motor abilities to highly skilled athletes.

In 1992, Special Olympics was the first of the Olympic movements to introduce golf to its events calendar - some 24 years before the Olympics. Special Olympics golf is designed for participation and competition regardless of ability. The range of events is intended to maximize participation and develop progress pathways as golfers develop and improve their scores and skills.

Level 1 - Individual Skills Competition
Level 2 - Alternate Shot Team Play Competition
Level 3 - Unified Sports® Team Play
Level 4 - Individual Stroke Play Competition [9 hole]
Level 5 - Individual Stroke Play Competition [18 hole]

In the past, golfers were often introduced to the sport by a family member who played and who encouraged their children to take up the game. Now, golfers are being introduced to the sport via Tri-Golf, a 'mini' version of golf designed specifically for young children and infants at primary and junior schools.


Through a use of adaptive equipment such as Tri-Golf, games can be set up indoors and make it easy for beginners. 

England Golf aim to support SOGB to set up their five levels of competiton for golf so that everyone can play their game.

Golf in Great Britain is growing year on year and more regional training and competitions are taking place across the country. Special Olympics GB Golfers have had success across the globe in team and individual competitions.

England Golf is committed to working with the regions to support Special Olympics GB clubs to access equipment and training to support all year round activity.

For more information or guidance on how to get involved in this sport, please contact the Director of Sports & Development at Special Olympics GB - Andy Heffer.

Special Olympics Great Britain - events run for people with a learning disability

  • England Golf Partnership
  • England Golf Trust
  • Sport England
  • Woodhall Spa
  • Get into Golf
  • GolfMark