Please find below information regarding Special Olympics Derbyshire’s ‘Come and Try’ Boccia Competition. This event is open to anyone aged 8 and up who has a learning disability (for a further explanation please see below) and a desire to play boccia.


WHEN: Sunday 29th April 2018 10.30am to 3.30pm

WHERE: Queen’s Park Sports Centre, Boythorpe Road, Chesterfield S40 2ND

WHO: Players aged 8+ with an intellectual disability (learning difficulty)

COMPETITION TYPE: Team competition, minimum of 3 players, maximum of 5 players.



To enter a team please contact Gill Hawketts (before April 3rd) or Rachael Dyer (after April 3rd) detailing the number of teams you wish to bring and any special requirements you may have. The deadline for entries is Friday 20th March.



The cost is £15 per team and can be paid by cheque or cash on the day made payable to Special Olympics Derbyshire.



  • Queen’s Park is fully accessible with 2 disabled changing rooms.
  • There is a cafeteria and vending machines to purchase snacks, drinks and lunch.
  • There is a large car park with bays for blue badge holders.



Identifying persons with an intellectual (learning) disability

A person is considered to have a learning disability for purposes of determining his or her eligibility to participate in Special Olympics if that person satisfies any one of the following requirements:

  • The person has been identified as having a learning disability: which is defined as ‘a condition of arrested or incomplete development of mind, which is characterized by impairment of skills manifested during the developmental period, which contribute to the overall level of intelligence, i.e. cognitive, language, motor and social abilities’ (World Health Organisation ICD-10)
  • In other words: ‘A significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information, to learn new skills (impaired intelligence) with a reduced ability to cope independently (impaired social functioning) which started before adulthood, with a lasting effect on development’ (Department of Health (2001) Valuing People) “Before Adulthood” means before the age of 18.
  • In common with other national and international sports organisations, Special Olympics GB deems a person to have an intellectual disability if they have a full scale IQ score of 75 or lower. IQ tests are acknowledged to be limited that is why it is important to gather other information to assist in understanding an individual’s abilities. In addition the individual is usually expected to have significant difficulties with self-care, adaptive behaviour and self-organisational skills. This definition covers adults with autism who also have learning disabilities, but not those with a higher level of autistic spectrum disorder who may be of average, or above average intelligence, such as people with Asperger’s Syndrome. SOGB receives many enquiries from people who are uncertain whether their son or daughter is eligible to participate in Special Olympics. It is important to draw a distinction between people who have a general learning disability (who are eligible for Special Olympics) and those with a specific learning difficulty (who are ineligible). Conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit disorder or challenging behaviour are not eligible for Special Olympics.
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