British Blind Sport are delighted to be bringing to Belfast, a sport taster event specifically for people living with sight loss. British Blind Sport is the national charity that supports blind and partially sighted people to get active and play sport. The Have a Go Day events have been run successfully across the country since 2016, supporting over 900 people with a visual impairment to get active, with those attending enjoying a range of inclusive sport and physical activities delivered by professional coaches. In addition to trying new sports, attendees will also benefit from meeting industry professionals as well as other people living with sight loss taking their first steps towards living an active lifestyle.
The charity is pleased to work in partnership with Angel Eyes Northern Ireland, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and Guide Dogs Northern Ireland to deliver a fun filled day of activity that enables children and adults to have a go at a wide range of sports. This event is free of charge to attend for British Blind Sport members, and £5 to non-members (BBS membership is free for juniors under the age of 18). The event is open to anyone living with a visual impairment who is interested in trying their hand at inclusive sport. At the event, there will be an opportunity to try cycling, dance, football, guide running and tennis, with further activities still to be confirmed. Following the event, the charity supports attendees to continue to play sport regularly at local clubs and sporting facilities.
The Belfast Have a Go Day will take place on Saturday 25th May, from 10am to 3pm at the Valley Leisure Centre, BT36 7LS.
These events are always very popular and we would encourage everyone, no matter their previous experience in sport, to come along. Feedback we have received from those who have attended in the previously includes:
‘Found it amazing. The things I thought I couldn’t do, I actually could. Especially the cycling, for the first time in 11 years I felt the wind on my face as we moved around the track. Golf was wonderful, as was the putting. Really enjoyed the day and look forward to the next.’ - Participant, Have a Go Day Leicestershire.
‘I had lots of fun. I was nervous at first but I was made to feel welcome and everyone was friendly and helpful. I am hoping to take up one or two of the sports I tried today more regularly.’ - Participant, Have a Go Day Bristol.
‘I liked trying sports that were especially for visually impaired people. We might have a go at junior parkrun now’ – Participant, Have a Go Day Cambridge.
Registration is required prior to the event and is available on the British Blind Sport website: https://bit.ly/HAGD-BELFAST
For further details, contact Alex Pitts Participation Officer on 01926 424247 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.