Special Olympics also offers the Motor Activities Training Program® (MATP) for people with profound or multiple intellectual (learning) disabilities.
MATP athletes participate in regular training specifically designed to help in the development of gross motor skills. MATP is not a competition program, although athletes do have the opportunity to demonstrate their achievements at MATP Challenge Days.
From the beginning of 2017, we will be working towards growing and developing this unique program within Lothian, so that the opportunity to get involved is available to more MATP athletes of all ages and from all education, health, sports and community settings.
Our aim is to plan and implement a new structure and support network for all our current MATP providers - with a greater emphasis on communication and training.
There is already a lot of knowledge and experience within the MATP network and we would like to ensure we create an environment where we can share ideas and best practice to create a healthy two way dialogue and a vibrant MATP program.
We are also keen to explore how we can increase the number of challenge events both at a local, but also a national level to give the MATP athletes the same opportunity to take part in multi group events.”