Education and Training

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 sport-specific educational resources to assist those who are delivering sporting sessions with support and guidance on how to include people with sight loss.

Educational Resources

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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.

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Image of the BBS Athletics Educational Resource CoverAthletics Resource

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.

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An image of the Archery and Target Shooting ResourceArchery and Shooting Resource

This resource is a joint product between British Blind Sport and Agincourt 600 with contributions from Archery GB and British Shooting. Kindly funded by Agincourt 600, this resource has been designed to educate the coaching and club network to ensure a greater knowledge of VI Archery and VI Shooting and enhance the opportunities for more VI people to take part in exhilarating sports.

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Image of the Delivering Equestrian Activity for Visually Impaired PeopleEquestrian Resource

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.

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An image of a Guide to Visually Impaired Friendly Football

Football Resource

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.

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An image of a Guide to Visually Impaired Friendly JudoJudo Resource

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.

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An image of a Guide to Visually Impaired Friendly Swimming

Swimming Resource

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.

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Online Swimming 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.
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