BBS announce date for 2016 National VI Youth Swimming Gala!

Saturday 16 April 2016. 2pm to 6pm,

British Blind Sport is pleased to confirm the 2016 date for the charity’s annual National Visually Impaired (VI) Youth Swimming Gala as Saturday 16th April. The prestigious event will take place in the West Midlands at the Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, Solihull from 2:00pm-6:00pm and is free to all blind and partially sighted children aged between 8 – 17 years old.

 Hosted by British Blind Sport, this event has been held successfully for over 20 years and is the only specific VI Youth swimming competition in the UK, always attracting visually impaired young people from across the country.

Alaina MacGregor, CEO of British Blind Sport said:

“This wonderful swimming event for young people living with sight loss is a mainstay within the BBS calendar.  Year on year we see how the Gala makes a real difference to young people’s lives, many of whom have never had the opportunity to participate in an sporting event that is adapted to suit their needs or been able to compete alongside their peers.  Every year the feedback from the young people is that they have had a great day.”

Both individuals and school groups will arrive at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre to compete, with a team of “tappers” to stand at the end of the pool and use a pole to tap the swimmers when they approach the wall, indicating when the swimmer should turn or end the race.

British Blind Sport’s Participation Delivery Officer, Lauren Impey, said:

“Sport is a tool that can be used to inspire people of all backgrounds. The British Blind Sport Swimming Gala holds extreme significance, as it, provides individuals with a visual impairment the opportunity to integrate and socialise with others who have similar life experiences and who have benefited from this event in the past.  Participants of various abilities have the opportunity to be competitive in a warm and welcoming environment.  The event also offers local exit routes to local clubs so that participants can train and compete year round as well as provides the young people with the opportunity to be talent spotted by the Amateur Swimming Association for future competitions. We love to see what a difference just one event can make to young people’s lives”.

 For further details click here and to sign up please download the British Blind Sport National Visually Impaired Swimming Gala Event Pack in word or PDF format.

Alternatively contact Lauren Impey on 07929 356428 or by emailing