First Steps in Yorkshire

British Blind Sport takes its First Steps into Yorkshire to help Visually Impaired Children Get Active

The leading national charity for visually impaired sport in the UK, British Blind Sport, is delighted to announce an exciting project in Yorkshire called First Steps, thanks to funding from Children in Need.

With many visually impaired children struggling with physical activity due to the lack of accessible and inclusive PE in mainstream schools and a personal fear of failure or low confidence, this often leaves them feeling isolated when it comes to taking part in sport.  With over 25,000 visually impaired children living in England, there are a large number who are risk of obesity and inactivity.

British Blind Sport’s “First Steps” project aims to solve this problem by distributing its First Steps packs to blind and visually impaired children, aged three to eleven years old.  The pack includes a bright inflatable sound ball, an activity booklet, that has been developed with specialists in visually impaired sport, which enables children and their families to play a wide variety of games to develop skills.  In addition, each child receives a reward chart with stickers to encourage them to achieve their goals.

British Blind Sport Chief Executive Alaina MacGregor said, “BBS is tremendously proud and passionate about our First Steps programme which will often give visually impaired children their first opportunity to try sport or physical activity specifically adapted for them. The team at BBS know first-hand what a difference participating in physical activities and playing sport can make to a blind or VI child’s life.  As a rolling programme across the country, successful pilots of ‘First Steps’ have already benefited over 100 children in Scotland and the Midlands.  The response from participants has been consistently positive.  It can build confidence, encourage communication, improve health and develop relationships. Put simply, First Steps will empower young visually impaired children and their families to have a healthier, more active and fun lifestyle.”

British Blind Sport are now inviting families across Yorkshire to take part in the project. If you know a child with a visual impairment who could benefit from a First Steps activity pack, register today by visiting the First Steps webpage

To discuss the First Steps project in Yorkshire in more details, please contact Tegan Darby at firststeps@britishblindsport.org.uk