Special Olympics East Herts (SOEH) has been established in partnership with Amwell View School and Specialist Sports College. Amwell View has been an associate member of Special Olympics for over 35 years training many athletes who have competed at Regional, National, European and World games over this time. In November 2009 the decision was made to transform the group from an associate member under the name of Amwell View to a branch member which is when SOEH was born. The main reason for this change was to provide sporting opportunities for the young people and adults with learning difficulties in the community in addition to Amwell View pupils and to enable school leavers to continue to train and compete. SOEH currently provides sporting and social provision for young people and adults ranging from the minimum age of 8 years old to 80 years. There is no age limit, you are never too old to train and compete, meaning that members can be part of the group for life.
Members feed into SOEH from many organisations, these include Moderate and Severe Learning Difficulties schools, Further Education Colleges, Care Homes, Adult Day Centres, Private Schools/Colleges and we have links with the local authority and borough councils. SOEH has a strong partnership with the Herts Sports Partnership and takes an active role in coach development across Hertfordshire and the Eastern Region to ensure that there is high quality coaching provision for disabled people.
At SOEH we pride ourselves on our welcoming environment and inclusive atmosphere. In 2009 we started 2 clubs, Athletics and Swimming in which both clubs have grown and participated at regional competitions. SOEH now has physical activity and social clubs in : Athletics, Basketball, Boccia, Cycling, Dance, Football (Youth and Adult), Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Netball, RiG Fitness, Swimming and Ten-Pin Bowling.
For more information please go to our website : www.specialolympicseastherts.org
In 2017 Special Olympics East Herts were awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service and the founder Neil Ward and Disability SDO Janet Warrington were invited to Buckingham Palace for one of the Garden Parties.