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Getting Involved in Sports
Taking part in sports activities can be a great way to have fun, keep fit and socialise at university. Would you like to know how different sports can be made accessible for people who are blind or partially sighted? You’re in the right place!
Metro Blind Sport
Metro Blind Sport is a London based charity creating fun, accessible sport and physical activity opportunities for blind and partially sighted individuals of all ages and abilities. They also provide advice and resources to help organisations open up their activities to blind and partially sighted people and improve inclusivity. Activities include tennis, archery, football, climbing and cricket.
Free awareness training for sports staff and facilitators
UK coaching and Metro Blind Sport have together developed free awareness training for sports coaches and staff to help them understand how to make sports activities accessible for blind and partially sighted people. We highly recommend anyone engaging with or facilitating sports at university to check out this great free toolkit!
If you are a blind or partially sighted student wishing to get more involved in sports, this guide can be a great resource to share with those facilitating the activities.
Find local clubs and activities
Want to find local clubs and societies already offering accessible activities? Check out British Blind Sport’s activity finder.
Buying adapted equipment
- RNIB’s shop stocks products for all sorts of leisure activities as well as sports, for example board-games, cards and sewing.
- Want to get hold of some specialist equipment to help blind and partially sighted students get involved in sport at your university? Check out British Blind Sport and Goalfix.