Research and Insight

At the forefront of developing research into VI sport participation, British Blind Sport utilise this insight to develop our services and support partners to meet the needs of VI people in sport.

British Blind Sport are committed to providing a wide variety of opportunities across the sporting landscape for people living with sight loss. Conversely, being encouraged to get involved in sport and enjoying the expertise of a coach who can confidently work with a VI person can literally be life changing for everyone involved.

Please find a list of our research reports below.

BBS Member and Trustee Laura Turner playing Goalball at the Festival of Sport 2016

Barriers to Participation for Visually Impaired Women Research

Small changes, big difference: Making physical activity accessible for visually impaired women This report published in 2016 is the first of its kind to explore how sport and physical activity affects the lives of visually impaired (VI) women. It looks at the specific challenges visually impaired women can face when accessing sporting opportunities.

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Visually Impaired Horse Rider

VI Equestrian Activity Report

With support from Sport England, British Blind Sport and the Riding for the Disabled Association have collaborated on a research project to identify new insight about the barriers to taking part in horse riding that people with a visual impairment can face, and to better understand the support that coaches feel they need, in order to deliver equestrian activities for VI people with confidence.

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Junior members at the VI Football Tournament

Overcoming Barriers to Participation Research

A 2014 research study exploring how blind and partially sighted people overcome the barriers to participation to enjoy a lifetime of sport. This extensive study explored the barriers that restrict visually impaired people from enjoying sport and how successful participants have overcome those challenges. We worked with over 200 visually impaired people during this study.

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