HELC – Κλειστό Γυμναστήριο Αίθουσα-Ξιφασκία 1,2: Χάντμπολ – Μπάντμιντον – (Νέοι Αθλητές) / MATP, Γυμναστική – Ρυθμική Γυμναστική

The facilities were held during the Olympic Games, the sports of Basketball and Fencing (Arena & Hall events). The two buildings are linked by a “connecting building, which includes a large number of ancillary rooms and offices.

In the above areas have already successfully organized concerts, exhibitions and sporting events.

The two buildings are located in the western part of the Greek in an area 109.000t.m. By adapting and extending the great hall of Olympic Airways, an indoor stadium and a warm-up and service spaces athletes, government agents and representatives of alpine type, which was the Olympic Basketball Centre.

The basketball stadium has 7036 seats and the seating capacity to use the racing arena goes to 10,000 people. The payload on the pitch height is 19m and the arena of land stretching from 1.066tm to 1.784tm when telescopic stands are closed. On the ground floor is the warm-up of the site 1.000sqm and other complementary areas average size 250sqm.

In the top tier and overlooking the pitch, there are five appointed VIP rooms.

Also, by adjusting the small hall of Olympic Airways was established in Olympic Fencing Center, a facility with a useful open space 6.800tm and 16m height. This facility offers a utility room alternatively 1.200 sq.m. and smaller areas that can be used as office space, production, hosting and storage.

The two buildings are linked with syndetirio building that houses offices and ancillary areas.

In these facilities there is the possibility of parking from 700 to 5,000 seats.

In the Closed Room and Indoor Athletics Fencing Hall during the Athens 2011 Games will be used as follows:

The Covered Hall Athletics will be the events of Gymnastics – Rhythmic Gymnastics, the Fencing Hall Closed it made the events of Handball – Badminton and the organization of the program ” Young Athletes)/ MATP ” and for Syndetirio building will become a center of uniforms and Accreditation.


Olympic Indoor Hall


1. Events

Women’s Events 

  • Horse Jumping
  • Asymmetrical parallel bars
  • Balance Beam
  • Floor Exercises
  • Advanced Personal 
 (total sum 
 scoring in four 

Games Men 

  • Floor Exercises
  • Side Horse
  • Rings
  • Horse Jumping
  • Parallel bars
  • Horizontal bar
  • Advanced Personal 
 (total sum 
 scoring in six 

2. Instructions for Form

• The / The 
 entitled to declare 
 participation in a 
 more events 
 or in 
 Composite Individual. 
 (All the 
 events should be 
 is in 
 same level).

• The level 
 the athletes are 
• The level 
 the athletes are 
 free programs 
 (According to 
 the regulations of 
 the music).

— Gymnastics

1. Events

• Level 
 Advanced Individual
• Level 
 Advanced Individual
• Level 
 Rope Ball, 
 Ribbon Clubs, 
 Advanced Individual
• Level 
 Ball Clubs, 
 Advanced Individual

2. Instructions for Form

• Each athlete 
 entitled to declare 
 participation in 
 one or more
events or 
 in Advanced Individual 
 (All the 
 events should be 
the same level).
• The levels 
 athletes are required
• The level 
 the gymnasts perform 
 free programs. 
athletes have individual 
 choreography with music 
 selection of
 (according to 
 the regulations of 
 the music).

Fencing Hall Closed

1. Events


2. Instructions for participation

• Each athlete 
 may be involved 
 and the three 

3. Athletic Apparel 
• All the 
 athletes should be 
 have their own 
 badminton racket.
• The participants 
 is obliged to 
 struggling with the 
planned athletic clothing.
• The 
 color of clothing 
 is optional. 
 In double 
 and mixed in 
the players of the same 
 group should be 
 struggling with uniform 
• In 
 back of jersey 
 may be a 
 the name of 
 The letters of 
 should not be 
the larger 
 cm in height 
• Only 
 shoes with white 
 soles or shoes 
 not to leave 
signs permitted in 
 playing field.
• The wings 
 the race is 

4. Signs transmitters

• The league 
 conducted in accordance with 
 the official 
Regulations of 
 International Badminton Federation 
Game on 
 points in 
 each one).


1. Categories

• Men
• Women

2. Instructions for Form

• Maximum size 
• National 
 missions which are 
 involved with 
 more of a 
groups in sport should 
 to indicate different 
 Head Coach 
 for each 
 one of the 
 their teams.

3. Sports equipment

• The color 
’s jersey number 
 each athlete must 
 is a clear 
contrast with that of 
 the jersey.
• Each team 
 need to have 
 two sets of uniforms 
 A light colored 
 for the
Games where 
 appears as 
 and a dark 
their struggles 
 which appears as 
• The players 
 land each group 
 have to bear 
 similar between the 
• The goalkeeper 
 each group must 
 to bear shirt 
distinct different color from 
 that of teammates 
 and opponents of 
 between them.
• In 
 not allowed to 
 bear any object 
can be 
 is dangerous for 
 the same or 
 their opponents. 
 any kind 
 face mask or
• The 
 jersey numbers of 
 players can be 
 is from the 
 to the 
jersey number each player 
 is unique, 
 within the meaning 
 that with 
 the specific number 
 the specific 
 athlete will strive 
over ‘
 throughout the duration 
 the tournament.
• Goalkeeper 
 who fights as 
 golf player, 
 should be 
shirt bearing 
 similar to that 
 Playmate of the 
 (pale or 
 with jersey number 
 same with this 
 who had to 
 shirt the goalkeeper.
• The number 
 rear side of 
 shirt should be 
 is minimal 
 while in front 
• The leader 
 group may be 
 armband bearing width 
- about-
 million and color 
 clearly different from 
 that shirt.
• The name 
 the Program or 
 the athlete can 
 to be printed 
the rear side of 
 while the name 
 the program can 
be displayed and the 
 front side.

4. Points of Emphasis 
 Special Regulations

• Group the 
 which appears in 
 space race with 
 number of players 
lesser of seven 
 excluded from the 
• In games 
 be used 
 female ball 
 # 2, 
• Day 
 Rubber flooring 
 Taraflex ®.
• Duration 
 Half X 
 20 ‘
• Rating: 
 The phase of 
⇒ winner 
⇒ Draw 
 for each group
⇒ defeated 

—-Μotor Activity Training Program

The “MATP” program offers opportunities for everyone. It is a non-competitive program that aims to improve the physical abilities of the participants through circuit training.

The “MATP” program is designed for:

Persons with severe or profound disability

Persons who are unable to participate in Official Special Olympics sports, because of their physical and behavioral limitations

Purpose of the “MATP” Program is to help Athletes:

Improve in motor skills and functional ability

Improve physical condition

Provide more opportunities to perform sport activities

Enhance social adjustment through sport

Prepare athletes to integrate in the official training programs of Special Olympics

Basic information about the “MATP” program during the Special Olympics World Summer Games ATHENS 2011:

The program is designed in such a way that athletes according to their age, ability level and gender, rotate through several stations by participating in a set of basic activities, such as mobility, dexterity, flexibility, striking, kicking etc

—-Young Athletes

The Young Athletes Program is a training program, which aims to integrate new, young persons in the world of sports and especially in the Special Olympics family.

The program is designed for kids:

with intellectual disabilities aged 2-7 years old

The objective of the Young Athletes program is to:

Improve the physical and social development of young children through play activities

Welcome new family members with intellectually disabled children in the Special Olympics movement

Raise awareness of children with intellectual disabilities

Prepare children to integrate in the official training programs of Special Olympics, when they reach the age of 8

Basic information about the “Young Athletes” program during the Special Olympics World Summer Games- ATHENS 2011:

Participants: 60 children with intellectual disabilities aged 2-7 years old from special schools and foundations of Attica

The program is designed in such a way that children, according to their age, ability level, and gender can pass through a series of activities including:

Coordination skills

Walking & running

Balance & jumping

Throwing & trapping






Which Athletes are best served by a Motor Activity Training Program?

The Special Olympics Motor Activity Training Program is designed for athletes with severe or profound intellectual disability who are unable to participate in Official Special Olympics sport competitions because of their skill and/or functional abilities. The Motor Activity Training Program is designed to prepare athletes with severe or profound intellectual disability, including athletes with significant physical disabilities, for sport-specific activities appropriate for their abilities. Athletes with significant disabilities are those who, because of their physical, mental, or emotional problems, need highly specialized training programs. As a unique sport-based program, The Motor Activity Training Program does not exclude any athlete. It is designed to provide individualized training programs to all athletes with significant disabilities. The Motor Development activities presented in this manual correspond to Official Special Olympics sports.
These activities are offered as a starting point when designing specialized training programs for each athlete.
The closer one comes to performing the activities outlined here, the closer one comes to acquiring skills considered essential in the recognized skill progressions leading to participation in Official Special Olympics competitions.
The objectives of the Special Olympics Motor Activity Training Program are to:
  1. Provide training opportunities for athletes to acquire skills considered essential in the recognized skill progressions leading to participation in Official Special Olympics competitions.
  2. Create opportunities for athletes to perform their personal best effort in those skills in a culminating event during a regular Special Olympics competition or during a separate Motor Activity Training Program activity.
  1. The purpose of the Motor Activity Training Program is to provide training for athletes in skills that are related to and may lead to participation in a traditional Special Olympics event.
  2. All individuals with severe or profound intellectual disabilities can, with activities designed to meet their individual abilities, participate in the Special Olympics Motor Activity Training Program.
  3. All Motor Activity Training Program athletes are provided opportunities to train for and perform their personal best at culminating Motor Development activities, without comparison to others.
  4. The Motor Activity Training Program athlete qualification process is used to ensure that each athlete who comes to Special Olympics is provided the most challenging and rewarding sport experience appropriate for him or her.
  5. All Motor Activity Training Program coaches must successfully complete Special Olympics Motor Activity Training Program coach certification training in order to ensure safe and effective individual training programs for Motor Development athletes.


Benefits to Athletes

There are numerous benefits for athletes who participate in the Special Olympics Motor Activity Training Program. They include:
  • increased physical activity that leads to improvement in motor skills, physical fitness and functional ability,
  • more opportunities to perform sport activities,
  • development of a more positive self-image through skill acquisition,
  • greater family interaction through sport involvement,
  • more opportunities to develop friendships with other athletes, their families and the larger community.
Special Olympics Motor Activity Training Program athletes transfer these benefits into their daily activities at home, and in the community. Additionally, family bonds strengthen as family members develop an appreciation for their athlete’s ability to participate in a sport activity.

Sport Activity Selection

It is particularly important that Motor Activity Training Program athletes be involved in the selection of their own sport activities. With advanced planning, the athlete can choose from several carefully selected sport activities. Everyone, no matter how significant the disability, can express happiness or disinterest. The challenge for the Motor Development coach is to expose athletes to a variety of participation options and determine which activities elicit expressions of interest. To assist in determining the sport interests, it is helpful to know the athlete’s sport heroes. For example, a sixteen year-old who lives for his favorite basketball star should have the opportunity to participate in a modified basketball activity. Coaches should also consider the following:
  • Resources available through their local Special Olympics Program
  • Sport activities that are available and accessible in the community
  • Sport activities that are seasonally appropriate
  • Opportunities to participate at their maximum ability, utilizing MATP exercises.
  • Feedback from parents, caregivers, siblings, peers, etc.

Ways to Reach Athletes

Contacting potential Motor Activity Training Program athletes is not always easy. Many individuals who would qualify to participate in MATP activities live at home or in residential setting. Also, cultural beliefs, national and state laws, and transportation difficulties may be challenges to participation.
One way to access potential athletes is to create a program information sheet or flyer with your program’s address on it, and ask school personnel or specific support groups, such as a Family Committee, to distribute it. Other techniques include:
  • Offer MATP demonstrations during other Special Olympics competitions.
  • Presenting to and distributing information to parent support groups.
  • Presenting to and distributing information to national or local associations that provide services for individuals with intellectual disability.
  • Using advertising and media promotions to increase public awareness of Special Olympics, highlighting the Motor Activity Training Program and the population it serves.
  • Distributing information via booths set up in grocery stores, shopping centers and major retail outlets.
  • Educating parents or caregivers of school-aged children through presentations to Parent-Teacher-Associations.
  • Presenting educational workshops to local organizations that serve potential Motor Activity Training Program athletes.
  • Distributing information through medical and social service agencies and other health professionals.
  • Meeting with the principals of general schools and special education schools and the directors of residential centers to encourage adoption of MATP within their facility.
Once potential Motor Activity Training Program athletes and their caregivers have been contacted, coaches should introduce them to the program and assist them with participating in Special Olympics by:
  • Scheduling with parents or caregivers a time to introduce eligible athletes to Special Olympics and to the Motor Activity Training Program.
  • Scheduling a time to evaluate eligible Motor Activity Training Program athletes.
  • Insuring that an Application for Participation is completed with a medical review for each eligible athlete.
  • Assigning the athlete to a coach and activity group.
  • Insuring the parents/guardians have all the information on when practices will be conducted and when the Motor Activity Training Program Day is scheduled.
  • Assigning participation in Official or Recognized Special Olympics sports for eligible athletes whose skills exceed the Motor Activity Training Program.

Community Involvement

Finding community support for Motor Activity Training Programs must be a part of the total outreach plan for the local Special Olympics Program. Actively seeking community involvement is an important step for increasing public awareness of the Special Olympics Motor Activity Training Program, and the athletes’ capabilities, interests and needs.
Motor Activity Training Program coaches must determine who, from the local Special Olympics Committee, is responsible for community outreach for the local Special Olympics program. In accredited programs, where the Area Director is responsible for community outreach, MATP coaches should provide frequent updates through the channels of communication in place in their accredited program about the progress and needs of the local Motor Activity Training Program.
Volunteers are the most important community resource. Through their continual support, volunteers provide Motor Activity Training Program athletes with opportunities to interact with members of the community. Individual volunteers and members of local businesses and civic organizations can provide financial support, facilities, equipment, and transportation. Local radio stations and newspapers, as well as individual members of the community, should be invited, on a regular basis, to be spectators at Motor Activity Training Program training and culminating activities.
Special Olympics wishes to thank the professionals, volunteers, coaches and athletes who helped in the production of the MATP Coaching Guide. They have helped fulfill the mission of Special Olympics: to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.Special Olympics welcomes your ideas and comments for future revisions of this guide. We apologize if, for any reason, an acknowledgement has been inadvertently omitted.

Contributing Authors

Dr. Martin Block, University of Virginia
Dr. Billye Chatum, Western Michigan University
Pablo Delano, Special Olympics Chili
Suzanna Rocco Dillon, PhD, CAPE, Wayne State University, Michigan
Lydia Flynn, James E. Duckworth School, Beltsville, MD
Cynthia Gill, Special Olympics Trinidad and Tobago
Georgia Harvala, Special Olympics Greece
Kathy Irving, Special Olympics Iowa
Dr. Patricia Krebs, Special Olympics Maryland
Dave Lenox, Special Olympics, Inc.
Angela Lukas, Special Olympics
Gibraltar Ryan Murphy, Special Olympics, Inc.
Sheila O’Callaghan, Chicago Public Schools
Dr. Eleni Rossides, Special Olympics
Cyprus Margaret Strzalkowska, Special Olympics Poland

Special Thanks To the Following for All of Your Help and Support
Special Olympics Maryland
Starring Athletes from James E. Duckworth School, Beltsville, MD
Staff from James E. Duckworth School, Beltsville, MD
Trinell Bowman
Jay Bass
Eric Luxner
Prince George’s County Public Schools
Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia
Special Olympics Latin America
Special Olympics North America

Link text :http://sports.specialolympics.org

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