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eLearning Course: Coaching People with a Visual Impairment

British Blind Sport and UK Coaching have created a new eLearning course 'Coaching People with a Visual Impairment'.

Coaching People with a Visual Impairment

British Blind Sport and UK Coaching have created a new eLearning course ‘Coaching People with a Visual Impairment’.

original article on britishblindsport.org.uk/

This new course raises awareness of the crucial role coaches’ play in helping people with visual impairments (VI) overcome barriers to participation in sport and physical activity, complementing UK Coaching’s ‘Person-centred’ principle of great coaching.

Tennis Coach, coaching two people with a visual impairment
Complete this course and you will feel more confident including people with a visual impairment in your sports and activity sessions.

Packed full of helpful tips, practical solutions and vibrant videos*, the 6 modules will increase your knowledge, assurance and skills to be able to coach people with a visual impairment.

“It’s really important the coach education starts at grassroots. There are still too many coaches who aren’t confident around visually impaired people.”

Sophie Thornhill, Paralympic Champion

  • Gain a greater understanding of sight loss and eye conditions
  • Explore practical solutions to barriers to participation and help meet individual needs
  • Explore some of the safety considerations to ensure a fully accessible and inclusive environment for people with a visual impairment
  • Learn how to make adaptations to specific elements of session planning and delivery using the STEP model
  • Understand how to communicate effectively and guide individual
  • Plus, you will be able to print out the UK Coaching and British Blind Sport certificate confirming you have completed the course
Coach guides a swimmer at the poolside.



£8.99 for non-BBS member and £5.99 for members after discount.

Please note: Members of British Blind Sport can enjoy a 33% discount on this course. To get your discount code, contact British Blind Sport on 01926 424 247 or email info@britishblindsport.org.uk

Ready to give it a try? Why not take a FREE Demo.


This course has been designed with accessibility in mind and has been rigorously tested. We aim to make the experience as accessible and easy to use as possible. This course works on desktop, tablets and mobile phones. For the best experience, we recommend you complete it on a desktop using Google Chrome.

If you have a visual impairment, we have designed the course to work with screen readers:

  • HTML5: JAWS 16 or later with Internet Explorer 10 or later, Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
  • Flash: JAWS 16 or later with Internet Explorer 11

Visit the UK Coaching website to take a FREE Demo of Coaching People with a Visual Impairment

* All videos come with downloadable manuscripts to illustrate the video in further detail along with audio descriptions where possible.


BBS: Postpone Events

British Blind Sport Postpone Events


In line with current advice from the World Health Organisation, Public Health England and the UK government, British Blind Sport has made the difficult decision to postpone a number of British Blind Sport led events.

This is effective immediately and will be subject to review as the policies and government and Public Health advice around Covid-19 develops.

These events include:

Sheffield Have a Go Day, 26th – 27th March at English Institute of Sport in Sheffield

See My Voice National Young Leader Camp, 6th – 10th April at the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford

Stoke Mandeville Archery Coaching Session, 21st March at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

BBS Ten Pin Westfield National Trio’s Finals and AGM, 15th – 16th May at Rotherham Superbowl & Copthorne Hotel Sheffield

All remaining BBS Ten Pin Section League Games

The health and safety of our participants, members, volunteers, staff and other attendees is paramount to our organisation and we feel at this time it is our responsibility to follow the government guidelines of social distancing and minimising travel.

We would like to reassure Young Leaders that we will be rescheduling the National Young Leader Camp for a time later on this year and all participants who were in line to attend the residential camp during the Easter holidays will automatically be eligible to attend the rearranged camp.

We will ensure the new date for camp will once again be scheduled during the school holidays, to ensure as many Young Leaders as possible can attend.

Regarding our Have a Go Days, we will also be working to rearrange these dates with our local partners and will circulate this information as soon as we have it confirmed.

Alaina MacGregor, Chief Executive Officer, said “Whilst this announcement is very disappointing to all the team at BBS and our participants, it is in the best interest of everyone involved that we make the decision to postpone these events whilst reviewing our programme plans over the summer.

We assure all of our Young Leaders that the National Young Leader Camp will be running later on this year and that all of the places are secured for the next camp. Our Have a Go Days are hugely popular events and give many people the chance to try something new and different and so we will be working as hard as we can to get new dates in the diary for these days.

During this time of social distancing, we encourage all our members, volunteers and affiliates to continue to stay active and healthy. Physical activity is a great way to relieve stress, improve mental health and boost the immune system.

We thank everyone in advance for their understanding and will update you as and when information is available.”

If you have any queries regarding the postponement of the National Young Leader Camp, please contact the BBS office on 01926 424247 or email our Young Leader Officer at Lijana@britishblindsport.org.uk

If you have any queries regarding the postponement of the Sheffield Have a Go Day, please contact Dawn or Gareth at Sheffield City Council respectively on dawnwood135@live.com or Gareth.Hayden@sheffield.gov.uk

If you have any queries regarding the postponement of the Stoke Mandeville Archery Coaching Session, please contact Carol Davies at Secretary@bbsarchery.org.uk

We aim to keep our members and supporters updated with changes as and when they occur and will try to provide as much notice of a postponement as possible.

To view our recent statement on event cancellation and postponement due to Covid-19, please click here.

To view our advice and best practice regarding Covid-19, please click here.



BBS: Young Leader Camp!

British Blind Sports National Young Leader Camp 6 - 9 April
Royal National College for the Blind, Hereford.
01926 424 247
06th April 2020
Newbies - £20 Returners - £40

British Blind Sport’s National Young Leader Camp

BBS last scheduled residential camp takes place between Monday 6th April – Thursday  9th April 2020 at the Royal National College for the Blind, Hereford.

The National Young Leader Camp will be bigger and better than ever, built on feedback from Young Leaders.  This camp is specifically designed to give young people with a visual impairment the opportunity to:

  • Have fun
  • Make new friends
  • Volunteer and take the lead
  • Develop key leadership behaviours
  • Improve employability skills

Some will even be involved in delivering a twist on our Try VI Sports Day with our See My Voice Symposium!

The residential camp is suitable for  10 to 20-year-olds with a visual impairment in England that are able to be independent for the duration of the residential camp.

All young leaders will be supervised by qualified and DBS certified personnel to ensure everybody’s safety and welfare throughout the camp.

What is included?

  • Activities
  • Qualifications and courses
  • Three nights’ accommodation
  • Meals for the duration of the camp (excluding lunch on departures day)
  • Kit
  • Week Timetable (DRAFT) – subject to change

What is the cost?

Newbies – £20    Returners – £40

Photo of Young Leaders from the last camp

Places are limited so please fill out the application forms as best you can!

To apply, please click the appropriate link below:

If you would like more information about the camp, or help completing the online registration form please contact Lijana Kaziow, Young Leaders Officer.

Email: Lijana@britishblindsport.org.uk

Telephone: 01926 424 247

original post by britishblindsport.org.uk



London Have a Go Day!

BBS London Have a Go Day at brand new sports hub
Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub, Popes Lane, London, W3 8LQ
10.00 am - 3.00 pm
01926 424247
03rd May 2020

BBS: Have a Go Day at brand new sports hub in London

British Blind Sport (BBS) is pleased to be working alongside Metro Blind Sport, London Sport, Ealing City Council and Greenwich Leisure Limited to deliver a VI sports taster day at a brand new sports hub opening in West London!

We would love you to bring along your friends and family to have a fun-filled day of socialising and trying out a variety of sports, such as Goalball, Tennis, Rugby, Guide Running and more!

Date: Sunday 3rd May 2020   Time: 10 am – 3 pm

Venue: Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub, Popes Lane, London, W3 8LQ

Contact:  participation@britishblindsport.org.uk or call 01926 42427

Register Form: https://blindsport.uk/HAGDLondon

As part of this event, we will also be holding a First Steps Family Day for recipients of the First Steps pack. If you are already on the First Steps Programme, please be sure to select the Family Day on the registration form.

BBS encourage everyone to come along and “have a go” regardless of age or previous experience with physical activity – there’s something available for everyone!

For further details please contact Alex Pitts, National Partnerships Manager, on 01926 424247 or email participation@britishblindsport.org.uk

British Blind Sport are always grateful of the support of volunteers to help out at these events. If you can spare some time to help the attendees to enjoy the day fully, please get in touch.


BBS UCLan & TPT Research Together!

BBS UCLan & TPT Research Together


Original post by  britishblindsport.org.uk

British Blind Sport is pleased to announce a year-long partnership with Thomas Pocklington Trust and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to undertake research investigating the physical development rates of children with sight loss compared to their sighted peers.

The research project will explore whether any link exists between a child’s sight levels and physical health levels, including measuring motor skills. It will also look to identify the key reasons that explain any quantifiable differences. Finally, our research will aim to identify the impact that reduced physical health or motor skills rates may have on a child’s individual mental wellbeing.

The partnership between British Blind Sport and UCLan will aim to demonstrate the impact of sight loss on children through various research methods, namely literature reviews, physical development and motor competence research with participants, wellbeing questionnaires, interviews with families and interviews with sector professionals.

British Blind Sport is excited to be embarking on this research partnership, and confident that the results will prove valuable to all stakeholders who support people with visual impairments, especially those in the sport and sight loss sectors.

This research partnership is vital to not only measuring the suspected development differences, but also understanding why those differences occur. The project’s findings will provide much needed evidence to inform future interventions and ensure any inequalities can be reduced.

Matt Reeves, from the University of Central Lancashire said, “This is a fantastic opportunity to better understand how visual impairment and the development of motor competences potentially impact physical activity levels and the subsequent influence this has on social and mental wellbeing. This is a hugely important issue to better understand and we are pleased to be helping BBS drive forward such important work.”

Alison Oliver, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Projects, said: “We are very pleased to be supporting this research. It is so important that blind and partially sighted children are given the best opportunities to engage in activities that support their mental and physical wellbeing and this research will help shape the delivery of future services and interventions that support this.”

Logan Gray, National Partnerships Manager at British Blind Sport said: “We are extremely excited to be working with the University of Central Lancashire and TPT to undertake this important research to develop greater understanding of the potential impact that sight loss can have on the physical development and mental wellbeing of children. It will go a long way to informing the direction of our projects in the future, and helping us to understand the developmental needs of blind and partially sighted young people.”

For more information about the partnership, please contact support@britishblindsport.org.uk