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Special Olympics GB – Anniversary Games 2018

August 9 - August 12

Able Magazine is the official media partner of the Special Olympics GB’s 2018, the largest registered charity providing year-round sports training and competition opportunities for people with intellectual (learning) disabilities in England, Scotland and Wales and was founded in 1978. The Special Olympics GB Anniversary Games will involve approximately 1,400 athletes and 400 coaches and officials, with an estimated 2,500 family members also attending the Games. Access to watch all of the sports will be free to the public.

As well as athletes from all GB regions, a number of European countries will be invited to take part in the Games. The athletes and coaches will be accommodated on campus at the University of Stirling.

All of the sports at the Anniversary Games, other than golf and indoor rink bowls, will be based at the University of Stirling. The schedule includes boccia, badminton, table tennis, football, swimming, athletics and cycling, plus a special ‘Play Unifi ed’ event; for athletes with and without learning disability playing and competing together.


Special Olympics Scotland has announced that Forthbank Stadium, Stirling, managed
by ActiveStirling, set against the backdrop of Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument and the Ochils, and also the home of – Stirling Albion Football Club – will be the venue for the Opening Ceremony on Thursday 9 August 2018.

Opening Ceremony tickets went live in May and are available at: www.specialolympicsscotland40.com

All sports at the Games will be divisioned to cater for all ability levels, including exclusive lower ability competition in swimming, athletics and multi activity training programme (MATP), enabling very low ability and multi-disability athletes to enjoy competing at a high-profile national event.

Important Dates

Special Olympics GB 40th Anniversary Games hosted by Special Olympics Scotland at Stirling University, 9 – 13 August 2018.

Thursday 9 August – arrival and opening ceremony

Friday 10 August – divisioning and sports competition day 1

Saturday 11 August – sports competition day 2

Sunday 12th August – sports competition day 3 and closing ceremony


University of Stirling
University of Stirling, E Link Rd,
Stirling, FK9 4LA United Kingdom
01307 473860


Special Olympics GB
01307 473860