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British Blind Sport 2019 Impact Report!

British Blind Sport 2019 Impact Report!

British Blind Sport find the top three reasons for taking part in physical activity as “being healthy”, “feeling good” and “enjoyment” in latest Impact Report for 2019

British Blind Sport (BBS) has released its 2019 Impact Report, focussing on the developments and results the charity saw throughout last year.

https://britishblindsport.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/British-Blind-Sport-2019-Impact-Report-plain-text.docx

British Blind Sport, the national disability sport organisation for people with a visual impairment, saw its membership grow to 1217 people by the end of 2019, with 59% of those being under 18 years of age. During 2019, the charity processed 260 sight classifications across the UK, to enable people to take part in competitive sport.

The report shows that, during 2019, the most popular reasons for taking part in physical activity were being healthy, feeling good and enjoyment. The report also showed that 78% of British Blind Sport members were meeting the Chief Medical Officers recommendations of 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.

BBS found that the most participated in activities for people with sight loss were Swimming, Walking and Cricket during 2019, with the most attended BBS events being the National Youth Swimming Gala and Have a Go Days. Both of these events received excellent feedback for 2019, with 100% of attendants responding that they had fun and would take part again in a similar event.

When it came to member engagement, the top three visited website pages throughout 2019 were Events, Classifications and Play Sport, suggesting that service users are visiting the BBS website to find out how they can get active. BBS also saw a 35% increase in Facebook followers during 2019.

In terms of partnership working, BBS have continued to work with partners and build solid relationships in the sport and sight loss sectors, with 95% of partners stating they would work with BBS again in the future.

Alex Pitts, National Partnerships Manager, said “I’m really excited to be able to finally release our 2019 Impact Report. It reflects the hard work everyone in the charity put in last year and the fantastic results that it yielded. We’re currently working hard towards achieving our strategic aims, despite some adaptations we have had to make in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We continue to develop projects, partnerships and engagement to maximise opportunities and our capacity for all.”

Please find attached both a PDF and plain-text version of the British Blind Sport 2019 Impact Report for your reference and to share as you deem appropriate.

For more information on the British Blind Sport 2019 Impact Report, please contact alex@britishblindsport.org.uk or phone 01926 424247

 

BBS Archery AGM 10th Sept 2020

British Blind Sport's Archery AGM 10th Sept 2020

The BBS Archery AGM will be held on Zoom this year on Thursday 10th September 2020 at 6:30pm.

The meeting ID 722 326 2428

the passcode is 1234.

The link to the meeting is https://zoom.us/j/7223262428

As previously mentioned, you can join online, using a mobile app, desktop/laptop app or by dialling from a mobile or landline.

The link is live now if you want to try and connect and test your equipment for the meeting.

If you get to a screen that says “Please wait for the host to start this meeting” then you are ready to go.

If you wish to join by phone, the phone numbers are below:

0203 901 7895

0208 080 6591

0208 080 6592

A one tap link if you are dialling in from a mobile phone here

+442039017895,,7223262428#,,,,,,0#,,1234#

Graham Rees-Evans –  Chair  BBS Archery

 

 

BBS Archery AGM 10th Sept 2020

British Blind Sport's Archery AGM 10th Sept 2020

The BBS Archery AGM will be held on Zoom this year on Thursday 10th September 2020 at 6:30pm.

The meeting ID 722 326 2428

the passcode is 1234.

The link to the meeting is https://zoom.us/j/7223262428

As previously mentioned, you can join online, using a mobile app, desktop/laptop app or by dialling from a mobile or landline.

The link is live now if you want to try and connect and test your equipment for the meeting.

If you get to a screen that says “Please wait for the host to start this meeting” then you are ready to go.

If you wish to join by phone, the phone numbers are below:

0203 901 7895

0208 080 6591

0208 080 6592

A one tap link if you are dialling in from a mobile phone here

+442039017895,,7223262428#,,,,,,0#,,1234#

Graham Rees-Evans –  Chair  BBS Archery

 

 

British Blind Sport 2019 Impact Report!

British Blind Sport 2019 Impact Report!

British Blind Sport find the top three reasons for taking part in physical activity as “being healthy”, “feeling good” and “enjoyment” in latest Impact Report for 2019

British Blind Sport (BBS) has released its 2019 Impact Report, focussing on the developments and results the charity saw throughout last year.

British Blind Sport, the national disability sport organisation for people with a visual impairment, saw its membership grow to 1217 people by the end of 2019, with 59% of those being under 18 years of age. During 2019, the charity processed 260 sight classifications across the UK, to enable people to take part in competitive sport.

The report shows that, during 2019, the most popular reasons for taking part in physical activity were being healthy, feeling good and enjoyment. The report also showed that 78% of British Blind Sport members were meeting the Chief Medical Officers recommendations of 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.

BBS found that the most participated in activities for people with sight loss were Swimming, Walking and Cricket during 2019, with the most attended BBS events being the National Youth Swimming Gala and Have a Go Days. Both of these events received excellent feedback for 2019, with 100% of attendants responding that they had fun and would take part again in a similar event.

When it came to member engagement, the top three visited website pages throughout 2019 were Events, Classifications and Play Sport, suggesting that service users are visiting the BBS website to find out how they can get active. BBS also saw a 35% increase in Facebook followers during 2019.

In terms of partnership working, BBS have continued to work with partners and build solid relationships in the sport and sight loss sectors, with 95% of partners stating they would work with BBS again in the future.

Alex Pitts, National Partnerships Manager, said “I’m really excited to be able to finally release our 2019 Impact Report. It reflects the hard work everyone in the charity put in last year and the fantastic results that it yielded. We’re currently working hard towards achieving our strategic aims, despite some adaptations we have had to make in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We continue to develop projects, partnerships and engagement to maximise opportunities and our capacity for all.”

Please find attached both a PDF and plain-text version of the British Blind Sport 2019 Impact Report for your reference and to share as you deem appropriate.

For more information on the British Blind Sport 2019 Impact Report, please contact alex@britishblindsport.org.uk or phone 01926 424247

 

BBS & England Athletics Guide Running Update

BBS & England Athletics Guide Running Update

BRITISH BLIND SPORT AND ENGLAND ATHLETICS GUIDE RUNNING UPDATE

As lockdown restrictions across the UK are being changed, British Blind Sport has been working closely with England Athletics to update guidance on the status of guide running in England.

The government recommendations are that people remain 2 metres apart, or 1 metre with extra protection measures, therefore we understand that extra modification is essential on account of a disability or impairment.

As such, guide running can once again begin to take place as long as both guide and visually impaired runner fully understand the increased risk associated with the activity and follow the mitigations included in the updated guidance.

Guide running should ideally take place with participants running side by side and should only take place outdoors. You should maintain social distancing from other people when out running and ensure that hands are washed before and after activity. We also recommend that running tethers are thoroughly cleaned between uses.

Ideally, where possible, both parties should be from within the same household or support bubble to decrease risk of the virus spreading. However, if this is not possible then guide running should take place between the same pair until further lifting of restrictions are advised (i.e. guide runners only run with one VI runner and vice versa).

It is also important that guide and VI runner have up to date contact details for one another, for track and trace purposes.

Please be aware that neither British Blind Sport nor England Athletics can take responsibility for any risk, injury or illness incurred during guide running and that all participants must fully understand the risk that they are taking on by resuming this activity.

If you have any queries, please get in touch by emailing info@britishblindsport.org.uk or phoning the BBS office on 01926 424247.

For further information from England Athletics, click here to view the updated guidance on the England Athletics website – included in the three guidance documents for Athletes & Runners, Coaches & Leaders, and Road Running Coaches.