Programs for young athletes

The Active Start and FUNdamentals programs are new initiatives that are offered by Special Olympics Québec to develop the basic sport and motor skills of children living with an intellectual disability through fun and positive activities.

To be successful, these programs require the involvement of the parents, guardians and caregivers. These programs are aimed at teaching the participants new techniques which will benefit the future athletes throughout their life.

Active Start (for 2 to 6 year-olds)

The Active Start program is designed for 2 to 6 year-olds living with an intellectual disability. It focuses on fun activities that are easy to do in a family context.

In this program, children and their accompanying adult are invited to take part in activities conducted on a regular basis by a trained program leader. Later, the participants will be able to practice what they have learned at home.

The program can be adapted to each child’s specific needs. The number of participants in the program may vary.

FUNdamentals (for 7 to 12 year-olds)

The FUNdamentals program is the continuation of the Active Start program. It hinges on family dynamics and is designed for youngsters 7 to 12 year-olds Québec athletes.

In this program, children participate in activities held on a regular basis and supervised by a qualified program leader that introduce the in-depth fundamentals of basic motor skills to which are added elements of training and competition, all in an interactive and fun atmosphere.

The program also teaches participants about nutrition, physical fitness and the important role that family plays in the development of a healthy athlete.

Positive results

For the child :

  • Substantial improvement of physical, cognitive and social skills
  • Introduction to positive social situations through fun physical activities

For the accompanying adult:

  • Education of the parents and guardians in various fields including nutrition and basic motor skills
  • Opportunities for parents and guardians to broaden their support network thanks to the resources and services offered by Special Olympics Québec

Programs for young athletes (PDF)

Contact us

To benefit from one of our young athletes programs, please contact our Program Manager:
James Lapierre, Director, Sports Programs and Community Development
jlapierre@olympiquesspeciaux.qc.ca  • Tel. : 514 843-8778

On an individual basis, the training manual for the Active Start and FUNdamentals programs can be acquired. For a small fee, Special Olympics Québec will send the training guide to parents, guardians or educators interested in these programs.

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