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.

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 Jacob Meaton: jacob@dosportuk.co.uk

Coaching programmes in Derbyshire


The following clubs are registered with SO Derbyshire:

  • Chesterfield Sabres - Tuesdays, 5.00pm -6.00pm, Chesterfield College
  • Glossop Gladiators - Wednesdays, 6.30pm - 7.30pm, Glossop Leisure Centre
  • Derby Warriors - Mondays 6.00pm - 7.00pm, West Park School Spondon

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.

The following clubs are registered to SO Derbyshire:

  • Chesterfield Boccia Club - Wednesdays at Queens Park Sport Centre in Chesterfield, contact Gill Hawketts on gillianh3@outlook.com or 07808 173391
  • Glossop Boccia Club - Wednesdays at Whitfield Youth Centre, contact Jacob Meaton on jacob@dosportuk.co.uk or 07786 144414

Equestrian/Horse Riding

Scropton RDA is registered with SOEM Equestrian:

Contact enquiries@scroptonequestrian.com or 01283 812753

Website: www.scropton.com

MATP (Motor Activity Training Programme) - Fairplay

Fairplay host MATP for the young people who access their centre. To find out more about what MATP is click here.

Fairplay MATP contact: Heather Fawbert projectmanager@fair-play.co. or 01246 203963


The following clubs are registered to SO Derbyshire:

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: the group are responsible for administration, membership, communication, marketing, fundraising and more.
  • 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.
  • 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 with the clubs where our athletes train throughout the year; roles include promotion, administration and being a team manager.

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

Email: jacob@dosportuk.co.uk

Phone: 07786 144414

Connect with SO Derbyshire on Twitter

Follow SO Derbyshire on social media

Keep in touch with SO Derbyshire by following our social media accounts:

Click here to like SO Derbyshire on Facebook

Click here to follow SO Derbyshire on Twitter

Support SO Derbyshire by creating an account.

Support SO Derbyshire

You can help support SO Derbyshire by making your online purchases through easyfundraising. All you need to do is visit the easyfundraising website and follow the easy steps, you don't pay anything extra.

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 (Ceri Ellis) - 07747 332762 or ceri.ellis@manchester.ac.uk

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