History

History

Swimmers with their medals and goodie bags following the BBS Swimming Gala

British Blind Sport was established in November 1975 under the name of BASRAB (British Association of Sports and Recreation Activities of the Blind) and was created to assist blind and partially sighted adults and children to access opportunities in sport and recreation.

British Blind Sport became a charitable organisation in 1976. Since inception, British Blind Sport has assisted over 100,000 visually impaired people to access sport.

Founded in 1979, British Blind Sport continue to organise the longest running visually impaired cricket competition in the UK.

Today, our vision is to empower all visually impaired people to get active and enjoy sport, whether it is taking their first steps or helping to secure talent pathways to encourage individuals to fulfill their potential. British Blind Sport provide over 30 events every year across 6 sports that are set up and managed by our fantastic volunteers.

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athletics
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British Blind Sport run the only annual National Youth VI Swimming Gala.

British Blind Sport offers a sight classification system across all sports for VI athletes to ensure fair and equal competition in the field of play.

We have created a number of educational resources for teachers, coaches and parents to encourage inclusive sport.  To date, over 9,000 resources have been sent to clubs, schools and organisations across the UK.

Five of our volunteers have been recognised by the prestigious Torch Trophy Trust for the work that they do for British Blind Sport.

Our Have a Go Day programme has introduced 100s of visually impaired adults and children to new sports as well as welcoming those back you were not regularly active.

A number of Paralympic Athletes attributes the start of their career in sport to British Blind Sport.