Educational Resources and e-learning
We believe that everyone has the right to participate in a sport of their choice. However, there are many barriers to overcome to allow those with a visual impairment to have the same opportunities as sighted people.
Coaches and volunteers play an important role in developing recreational activities across the country. We want to ensure that they have the knowledge to create an inclusive and accessible sporting environment for people with sight loss.
Therefore, we are creating training resources to assist those who are delivering sporting sessions with support and guidance on how to include people with sight loss.
Online Coaching Course
Coaching People with a Visual Impairment
Working with UK Coaching, British Blind Sport have created a new eLearning course called 'Coaching People with a Visual Impairment'. The new course raises awareness of the crucial role coaches play in helping people with visual impairments (VI) overcome barriers to participation in sport and physical activity, complementing UK Coaching’s ‘Person-centred’ principle of great coaching.
A Guide To Visually Impaired Friendly Sport
This resource helps coaches support visually impaired people. The extensive resource will help you understand sight loss and gain knowledge of specific eye conditions as well as guiding and supporting, adapting and modifying sports and physical activity to include visually impaired people into mainstream sessions and understanding the pathways available for VI people.
This athletics resource helps coaches support people with a visual impairment in track, field and road-running activities. The extensive resource provides recommendations from making athletics sessions accessible to how to be a great guide runner. The resource also offers support to parents and guardians of children with sight loss.
Kindly funded by Sport England and working in partnership with the RDA, this resource is designed to educate coaches, leaders and staff at equestrian centres across the country about sight loss and the needs of people with a visual impairment in equestrianism. It also provides recommendations on how they can adapt their equestrian opportunities to make them more suitable for VI people.
This football resource helps coaches support people with a visual impairment on and around the football pitch. The extensive resource provides recommendations from making football sessions accessible to how to progress through the FA's pathways. The resource also offers support to parents and guardians of children with sight loss.
Scottish Football Resource
Created with the Scottish FA, this new guide contains the specific information needed to assist anyone who is delivering football activities with support, ideas and guidance on how to include people with a visual impairment.
This judo resource helps coaches support people with a visual impairment in the judo environment. The extensive resource provides many recommendations on how to make judo sessions accessible and help VI participants comfortable in the environment. The resource also offers support to parents and guardians of children with sight loss.
This swimming resource helps coaches support people with a visual impairment in and around the swimming pool. The extensive resource provides recommendations from making swimming sessions accessible to how to accommodate guide dogs at the leisure centre. The resource also offers support to parents and guardians of children with sight loss.
Swimming e-learning Course
Developed in partnership with the Amateur Swimming Association. i-Learn aims to provide support, ideas and guidance for anyone involved with swimming on how to include people with a visual impairment more effectively, and is free to complete.
This tennis resource, developed by the Tennis Federation now know under the LTA, helps players, coaches and tournament organisers support people with a visual impairment within tennis sessions and activities. The extensive resource provides recommendations from making tennis sessions accessible to the rules of VI tennis and understanding sight classifications. The resource also provides information on organisations who support the sport further.
British Blind Sport has teamed up with Walking for Health, Sensing Nature and Dr Karis Petty to produce a guide to help people understand how walks can be made safe and accessible for people living with sight loss. The advice features a series of ‘top tips’ for welcoming, supporting and sharing walking experiences with sight impaired walkers, including creating opportunities to set up new walking routes. This useful guide also explores why schemes like Walking for Health can be beneficial for people living with sight loss, raising awareness of the importance of tailored support, in both specialist and mainstream walking groups.