Contact Details

For questions on Safeguarding/Code of Ethics or Medical Services
Peter O'Brien
 Tel: +353 (0) 1 869 1657

Cáit Donnelly
Health & Wellbeing Coordinator
Tel: +353 (0) 1 869 1618 

Special Olympics Health Promotion Project is proudly supported by
Health Service ExecutiveDaughters of Charity

Health Promotion Programme


What is it?
  • This programme has been developed with and for Special Olympics athletes to help them to become healthier
  • Volunteers in clubs run short health promotion workshops with athletes
  • Athletes have their own resources to use at home to help them to make health changes

Benefits to your club
  • Everyone will learn more about being healthy
  • Improvements in athletes diet and increased levels of physical activity
  • A fun additional activity that supports the sport programme

Role of Club
  • Run a minimum of 10 health promotion workshops over the year 
  • Actively promote health within the club 
  • Support athletes to make health changes 
  • Implement a healthy eating policy in the club 
  • Participate in evaluation of the programme

What support will you receive?
  • Training for designated volunteer 
  • One Health Toolkit for the club 
  • One athlete pack for each athlete 
  • Support from the Health & Wellbeing Co-ordinator

What to do next
  • Discuss the programme with key stakeholders; i.e. volunteers, athletes, families 
  • Ensure support from stakeholders 
  • Decide on a volunteer who will lead the programme 
  • Contact Special Olympics Ireland to express interest

Contact Information:
Cáit Donnelly, Health & Wellbeing Coordinator 
Phone: 01-8691618

Special Olympics Ireland Health Promotion Project (HPP) Launch

Programme Report

This report details the project along with highlighting the results of the pilot.
Read the full report


The SOPHIE Project (Special Olympics Programmes Health Impact Evaluation) was led by DCU’s School of Nursing and Human Sciences in collaboration with the School of Health and Human Performance, DCU, the University of York, and the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast.
The aim of the research was to explore whether people with intellectual disabilities (ID) who took part in Special Olympics (SO) programmes are healthier and happier than people with ID who do not take part.