Volunteer / Getting Started
In Just a Few Steps You can be Part of a Great Team
  1. Contact our Volunteers Coordinator who will speak with you about the many opportunities with Special Olympics and provide you with a registration package.
  2. You are welcome to attend a practice in the sport of your choice to get a feel for the organization, athletes and opportunities. The Head Coach will answer some of your questions and give you a volunteer registration package. (check the Program Schedule for location and time of each sport.)
  3. Once your registration information and references have been checked, you may officially take part in the program of your choice.
  4. Once you are registered you become a member of Special Olympics BC and Special Olympics Canada.
  5. All volunteers must be registered with the Provincial Office to ensure that you receive communication and access to training opportunities, and to fulfill our liability requirements.
  6. All volunteers must take the online Orientation course.


Registration Packages:

RETURNING Volunteer (pdf)

NEW Volunteer (pdf)

Coaching Positions

Coaches play a critical role in the personal and athletic development of their athletes.

Coaches are the means through which the values and goals of a sport organization are communicated.

How an athlete regards his or her sport is often dependent on the behaviour of coaches.

To be eligible to become a coach, you must:

  1. Be 16 years of age or older
  2. Be available for the duration of the sport's program. (approx. 6 months for winter sports and 3 months for summer sports)
  3. Take the National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) within your first year.
  4. Demonstrate good sportsmanship and co-operation.
  5. Have a great sense of humour and adventure.
Non-Coaching Positions

Program Volunteers
We have opportunities for those people interested in one-time volunteer experiences as well as for those younger than 16 years of age.

Local Committee Volunteers
To be eligible for the local committee you must:

  1. Make a commitment of one year
  2. Demonstrate you have the skills required to fulfill the position
  3. Attend monthly meetings
  4. Demonstrate team work abilities
  5. Participate in occasional special events

Sub-Committee Volunteers
To be eligible for the sub-committee you must:

  1. Make a commitment of one year
  2. Demonstrate you have the skills required to fulfill the position
  3. Work co-operatively
  4. Enjoy the company of athletes