ROI 15 Year Old Applicants

Before you Begin:

As a 15 year old Republic of Ireland applicant, you have 5 steps to complete registration. We strongly suggest you print this page so that you can use it as a checklist for yourself to ensure you complete your steps of the process within 20 days, otherwise, your record will be deleted from our system and you will have to restart the process.

  • 1. Register Your Personal Details Online

  • 2. Complete Online Volunteer Application

  • 3. Submit a Photo

  • 4. Complete Training

  • 5. Submit Consent to Volunteer

Step 1: Register your personal details online

Have the following to hand before you begin:

1. A valid email address unique to you

You will receive an acknowledgement email on completion of this step

Step 2: Complete your volunteer application online:

Within 2 working days of registering your personal details online, you will receive a Next Steps email from us. This email will provide you with the relevant links to allow you to:

1. Complete your online application

2. Access your training

Have the following to hand before you begin your online application:

Names and phone numbers of 2 referees who are over 18, who are not related to you and who can give an objective reference of your character and suitability. Please ask permission of those you wish to put forward as your referees.

If you are a qualified coach or official in any of the sports Special Olympics Ireland offers and wish those qualifications to be acknowledged, please have your qualification level, the National Governing Body who awarded the qualification and the date it was awarded. You can add up to 5 qualifications so please include your CPDs.

Step 3: Email or send us your photo:

 This photo will be used on a letter sent to you once you’ve completed all steps, showing you have clearance to volunteer at a club or event until you are 16.

The photo must be from the shoulders up with a clear background and must be of passport quality and dimensions. You must not be wearing sunglasses or a hat in the photo.

Please either email a digital image to us titled with your name and date of birth to or post it to us at our address. Please write your name and your date of birth clearly on the back of the photo.

Step 4: Complete Online Training:

Once you receive your Next Steps email from us click on the link to access Induction Training. Your registration application will not be progressed until you complete this training within the 20 day timeframe given from the start of the process.

Step 5: Consent to Volunteer:

While you are still under 18, we will need to get consent from one of your parents or a guardian for you to volunteer.

You can download the Consent to Volunteer Form here. You need to print this form, get a parent/guardian to complete, sign and date it and send it back to us by post.

 Important to Note:
From 29th of April 2016, all volunteers 16 years and over with Special Olympics Ireland will be subject to vetting legislation (if volunteering within the ROI). This means that as a 15 year old you cannot be Garda Vetted and you cannot apply for Garda Vetting. To comply with legislation, you will have to stop volunteering with Special Olympics Ireland once you turn 16. We will contact you with details of how to apply for vetting at that stage. We don’t expect the process will take very long once you act on our advice and we will let you know when you are fully registered by issuing you with a membership card.



 Forms to Download

Please download the following forms:

 Consent To Volunteer Form

Please use the following address to send us any documents requested of you:

 Special Olympics Ireland,
National Sports Campus,
Snugborough Road,
Dublin 15

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or call our Support Centre on

Republic of Ireland:
 0 818 300053

Northern Ireland:
 +353 818 300053

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