Sport and Leisure
Sports and Leisure
Sports and Leisure activities can easily be adapted to be inclusive, yet many of the blind and partially sighted people we speak to feel limited in the activities they can do.
A third of inactive visually impaired people want to do more sport. This is why we are passionate about working with local sports and leisure facilities to help them understand visual impairment and be more accessible and inclusive.
The Merseyside Sight Loss Council are a member of the VISPA Liverpool (Visually Impaired Sport and Physical Activity) consortium. Since its launch in March 2019, the Sight Loss Council has supported the delivery of two events. In July 2019, VISPA hosted ‘Let’s Get Active’ which was a multisport taster day targeting blind and partially sighted people of all ages. Sports on offer included Blind football, VI cricket, VI tennis, Goalball, tandem cycling, guided running and supported gym access. The event was cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19, but planning is already underway for another event in 2021!
In February 2020, VISPA hosted ‘Let’s Be Well’ which was a wellbeing focussed event. Activities included: laughter yoga, 3D movement, emotion freedom technique (EFT), meditation, thai chi and mindfulness. Both events saw over 60 blind and partially sighted people take part and have a great time. Many attendees have attended bespoke sessions as signposted on the day. These two events have even led to new delivery of physical activity in Merseyside.
The Bristol sight Loss Council set-up the Arts and Culture Visual Impairment forum to bring together arts and culture providers in the city with blind and partially sighted people. They have focused on providing audio description at arts and culture venues.
The Bristol Sight Loss Council has provided advice to the Bristol Museum service on how to make their exhibitions and displays more accessible.
Learn about inclusive sports such as blind tennis, blind cricket and tandem cycling for blind and partially sighted people in these videos produced by our friends at Metro Blind sport.
Metro is your first port of call if you live in London and want to find out more about getting involved with inclusive sport. If you live outside the capital, contact British Blind Sport to start playing inclusive sport!