British Blind Sport is pleased to announce the launch of their Activity Finder, which is now live at www.britishblindsport.org.uk/activity-finder!
The BBS Activity Finder is a new and innovative way for blind and partially sighted people, family members and professionals to search for VI-friendly clubs and community groups across the United Kingdom.
British Blind Sport has been working over the last year to ensure that the database is comprehensive and covers over 30 different sports and physical activities. To date there are around 1000 opportunities listed on the Activity Finder database across the United Kingdom, with more to come.
BBS hope that the Activity Finder can help other organisations and sight loss associations working with the VI community to more easily and efficiently be able to answer queries around sports and physical activities and that it will be a universally helpful tool for anyone working with blind and partially sighted people.
National Partnerships Manager Logan Gray said, “At BBS we are very excited to finally be launching the Activity Finder in January! We know from our research that there are a number of additional barriers for VI people to increase their activity levels, awareness (knowing where to find activities) is one of them. We’ve worked hard to register over 1000 clubs on the Activity Finder so we can share this information publically with our members and the wider sight loss community in a fully accessible format. Now, everyone can more easily find inclusive, positive opportunities there are out there.”
The Activity Finder will play a pivotal part in helping visually impaired people to access sport and physical activity and so we invite sight loss associations and organisations to share our Activity Finder via their news and social media outlets in order to help to spread the word and support active lives for people with sight loss. We encourage organisations to use #BBSActivityFinder and to join in on our #SpotlightOnSport campaign, which will follow the launch of the Activity Finder and will shine the spotlight on a different sport featured on the Activity Finder each day.
We also want to encourage people to continue to register their activities on the Activity Finder database, as well as provide us with feedback so that we can ensure the Activity Finder is continuously growing and improving.
We wish to provide our thanks to everyone who has contributed to the development of this tool including the clubs who have registered, our members and colleagues who have conducted testing, our primary funder Sport England and our web developers TMC.
To try out the Activity Finder and search for local sport and physical activity opportunities, please click here.
If you know of a VI-friendly club or activity that is not listed on our Activity Finder, please register the organisation by clicking here.
For more information about the Activity Finder, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01926 424247