Top club has been going as an athletics training session for people with learning disabilities since 1998. It was registered as a Special Olympics club in 2000 and the club first took part in a SO National Games in Cardiff in 2001. At first the club met at the Don Valley Stadium and moved to the English Institute of Sport when Don Valley was closed. Initially the club was coached by a coach who was paid by Sheffield City Council and when this funding was withdrawn parents took on the role of running the club and Norma and Phil Morgan obtained Level 2 coaching qualification.
Members, who all have a learning disability, are given the opportunity to train in various track and field events, improve their fitness and skills and given opportunities to compete in local, regional and national competitions.
Training includes track (50M walk through to 200M run) and field (running and standing long jump, shot put and softball throw).
Athletes gain confidence and enjoy their achievements, not least when medals are awarded.
Our athletes have taken part in the Special Olympics National Summer games in Cardiff, Glasgow, Leicester, Bath and Sheffield and are looking forward to competing in Liverpool in 2021.
In addition one of our athletes represented Great Britain in the SO European Games in Antwerp in 2014 and another athlete represented Great Britain in the SO World Games in Los Angeles in 2015.
Training takes place on Wednesdays between 6pm and 7.30pm at the English Institute of Sport, Coleridge Road S9 5DA. For more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The space available at the EIS track is limited which means that, for safety’s sake, we have to keep the group to a manageable size and, regrettably, sometimes we have to set up a waiting list for potential new athletes.
We are also concerned that we are currently not able to cater for younger athletes ie aged 8 to 15 and we are willing to work with families, schools, etc interested in setting up training sessions for this age group.