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Have a Go Day: Northhampton!

Have a Go Day Northamptonshire with British Blind Sport 25 April 2020

British Blind Sport brings their  Have a Go Day to Northampton in 2020!

British Blind Sport is working in partnership with Northamptonshire Sport and Northampton Association for the Blind to deliver a sports taster event for people living with sight loss.

British Blind Sport’s “Have a Go Days” have been running successfully for 4 years all across the UK, giving children and adults living with a visual impairment the chance to try inclusive and adapted sports and physical activity in a safe and supported environment. As well as trying out different activities, the Have a Go Day is also a chance for attendees to meet industry professionals and other people in their local area who want to take steps towards being more active.

These events aim to provide participants with a pathway for continuing to be active in the future by inviting coaches from local VI-friendly clubs and community groups to run sessions during the day and give attendees the chance to try out something new and fun, which is also available in their location for them to continue after the event. So far, the confirmed sports that will be available at the Northampton Have a Go Day are Football, Cricket, Guide Running, Judo and Acoustic Shooting…with many more to be confirmed!

This event is completely free and is open to anyone with a visual impairment. BBS encourages participants to bring along family and friends to get involved alongside them! No matter if you’re already a fully-fledged sport player or haven’t kicked a football in many years, British Blind Sport encourages everyone to come along and “have a go”.

The Northampton Have a Go Day will take place on Saturday 25th April at Kingsthorpe College, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7HR from 10am – 3pm.

“Have a Go Days” have always been extremely popular, and so we encourage anyone who wants to attend to register their interest the event! We have received the below feedback from previous participants;

“Thanks for a great day, it’s been a great confidence builder for my daughter and she’s really enjoyed it! Look forward to the next time.” Parent of participant, Norwich Have a Go Day 2019

 “The whole day was extremely well organised and each session was well structured. I learnt a lot about different sports available to visually impaired people and had lots of fun too! It is also good to have lots of visually impaired people meeting together to share experiences and ideas.” Participant, Leicester Have a Go Day 2019

 “A fantastic day! Very useful and also inspiring!” Participant, Leicester Have a Go Day 2019

 Registration is required prior to the event and is available on the British Blind Sport website: www.britishblindsport.org.uk/have-a-go-day-northampton/

For further details, contact Alex Pitts, National Partnerships Manager, on 01926 424247 or email alex@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.

 

Have a Go Day in Sussex!

Have A Go day Sussex - British Blind Sport

We are delighted to inform you of a British Blind Sport – “ Have a Go Day in Sussex!

Attendees can expect a day of activities and fun including Golf, Goalball, Archery, Bowls, Tennis, Football, Cricket and Judo! Working with Active Sussex and Albion in the Community, this event is open to anyone with a visual impairment aged 5 and up, adults and children, as well as friends and family.

Date: Sunday 12th August   Time: 9.45 am to 2 pm
Venue: Falmer Sport Complex, University of Brighton,
Falmer, BN1 9RHon
Cost: This is a FREE sports taster event.

To register, visit the Events page of the British Blind Sport website or use the link below.
Register for the Sussex Have a Go Day.

For further details please contact Participation Officer, Alex Pitts on 01926 424 247, mobile 07929 356 428 or email Alex@britishblindsport.org.uk.

View upcoming events: http://britishblindsport.org.uk/events/

 

Have a Go Day in Sussex!

Have A Go day Sussex - British Blind Sport
Venue:
Falmer Sport Complex, University of Brighton, Falmer, BN1 9RH
Time:
9.45 am - 2.00 pm
Phone:
01926 424 247
Date:
12th August 2018
Cost:
FREE


We are delighted to inform you of a British Blind Sport – “ Have a Go Day in Sussex!

Attendees can expect a day of activities and fun including Golf, Goalball, Archery, Bowls, Tennis, Football, Cricket and Judo! Working with Active Sussex and Albion in the Community, this event is open to anyone with a visual impairment aged 5 and up, adults and children, as well as friends and family.

Date: Sunday 12th August   Time: 9.45 am to 2 pm
Venue: Falmer Sport Complex, University of Brighton,
Falmer, BN1 9RHon
Cost: This is a FREE sports taster event.

To register, visit the Events page of the British Blind Sport website or use the link below.
Register for the Sussex Have a Go Day.

For further details please contact Participation Officer, Alex Pitts on 01926 424 247, mobile 07929 356 428 or email Alex@britishblindsport.org.uk.

View upcoming events: http://britishblindsport.org.uk/events/

 

The blind judo stars of India

original article by the bbc.co.uk  8 March 2018

In rural India, young women with visual impairments are seizing the opportunity to learn the techniques of self-defence.

Their disabilities mean that they are often most at risk from physical and sexual abuse, and many are unable to leave their homes unaccompanied. By becoming able to defend themselves, more than 60 women have been able to return to school, find jobs and become active members of society.

Several have gone on to compete in national championships, winning medals and mentoring other visually impaired women in their area.

A woman rests on another women's shoulders.
A woman rests on another women’s shoulders.

Image copyright: ARKO DATTO / NOOR / SIGHTSAVERS

A woman watches from the sidelines
A woman watches from the sidelines

Image copyright: ARKO DATTO / NOOR / SIGHTSAVERS

Two women do Judo
Two women do Judo

Image copyright: ARKO DATTO / NOOR / SIGHTSAVERS

Sudama started learning judo in 2014, and since then her confidence has grown considerably. She has been able to return to school. Before, she was unable to attend because her parents had to work and no other relatives were regularly available to take her.

“Before learning judo I was thinking: ‘How will I go out? How will my life go on?’ I used to be afraid to go to school alone. My mother and father wouldn’t allow me, because it was far away.”

After returning to school, Sudama began teaching judo to her friends and later qualified as a trainer. She has gone on to win gold and silver medals in Delhi, Goa, Gurugram and Lucknow.

A girl peers through a window
A girl peers through a window

Image copyright: ARKO DATTO / NOOR / SIGHTSAVERS

A mentor talks to a woman
A mentor talks to a woman

Image copyright: ARKO DATTO / NOOR / SIGHTSAVERS

Two girls wrestle
Two girls wrestle

Image copyright: ARKO DATTO / NOOR / SIGHTSAVERS

After competing at the National Blind Judo championships in New Delhi, the young women have gained a huge level of respect within their communities.

However, they still face challenges. After two years of training, 20-year-old Janki went on to win a gold medal at the National Blind and Deaf Judo Championships.

She has recently been selected to compete again at the International Blind Championships, which are taking place in Turkey. But it will be very hard for her family to raise sufficient funds for her to go.

Janki remains positive. “I feel very happy that I represented my country,” she says. “I never thought my life would be so changed after playing judo and learning self-defence.”

Two women talk on a slide
Two women talk on a slide

Image copyright: ARKO DATTO / NOOR / SIGHTSAVERS

original article by the bbc.co.uk  8 March 2018

British Blind Sport’s – Sport Specific Guides!

BBS Sport Specific Guides

British Blind Sport have begun developing sport-specific educational resources to assist those who are delivering sporting sessions with support and guidance on how to include people with sight loss.

Links below and include:

In partnership with the Amateur Swimming Association, Visually Impaired Friendly Swimming is an online swimming course for including people with visual impairment more effectively in swimming lessons and clubs. Find out more here.

Disability Sports Coach runs a 3.5-hour workshop about understanding and incorporating a variety of disabilities into sessions, looking at communication and coaching styles. The next workshop takes place on Thursday 21 January from 18:30 at Willesden Sports Centre. Book your place here.