Special Olympics Ulster is an organisation which provides a sports training and competition programme for children and adults with an intellectual disability.
This initiative requires students on the BSc Leisure and Events management to volunteer at least two Special Olympics events at either an operational or a supervisory level.
On completion of this activity it will enable students to achieve personal and professional development by:
The aim is to enhance the student experience by providing a unique learning environment which they could access during all four years of their programme. This will allow the student to gain key employability skills and demonstrate global citizenship in action. The Special Olympics recognises the mutual benefits that can be gained from working with students from Ulster University. This is summed up in the following quote from Shaun Cassidy Regional Director for Special Olympics Ulster: "The Special Olympics Ulster Events Programme is planned, organised and delivered by our teams of dedicated volunteers from across the province. This partnership with the BSc Leisure and Events Management provides a great opportunity for Special Olympics to raise the awareness of our programme and continue the development of quality competition for our athletes. As volunteers students get the opportunity to attend events, meet the Special Olympic athletes and change lives."
A student will be required to complete /pass the online training module, participate in a Special Olympics 'event management' workshop and volunteer at least two Special Olympics events.
Combined this will equate to 24 hours.