A child reading the First Steps activity pack
In the UK, there are over 40,000 children and young people who are blind or partially sighted. Research shows that these young people are more likely to have poor motor skills and less likely to be physically active and involved in sport. The Government recommends that children participate in 60 minutes of physical activity per day, but we know that many children with a visual impairment struggle to participate fully in sport or physical education.
At British Blind Sport, we are helping change that with the First Steps project.
What is First Steps?
First Steps is a national British Blind Sport project, aiming to empower and encourage children with sight loss aged 3 to 11 to become more physically active and reach their potential.
Each child taking part in this project receives a free 'Jangles' physical activity pack containing adaptive equipment and resources to use at home. The pack is designed to develop their skills and increase their confidence in taking part in physical activity.
The pack includes:
- A bright and bouncy audible 'Jangles' ball with pump and stickers to customise
- A 'Jangles' Activity Book filled with simple and enjoyable games which encourage the child to play independently as well as with friends and family. The games allow each child to learn and develop new skills.
- An Adventure Map with stickers to display your progress through the Activity Book and encourage habitual behaviour
- A USB containing an audible version of the Activity Book and child-specific physical activity/workout videos for the child to take part in
- Skills cards that develop training for sports including football, tennis, cricket and goalball
Children and young people also receive free Junior membership to British Blind Sport. This includes support from the British Blind Sport team to access sports and physical activity in their local communities.
To register for your First Steps pack, please complete the following form: https://britishblindsport.wufoo.com/forms/mvgv5bn0yglvx5/
First Steps Events
In addition to receiving the First Steps Pack, our First Steps families are invited to Have a Go Days organised by British Blind Sport. These not only bring young people together but also introduce them to new activities and inclusive clubs in their local community.
For more information on our upcoming Family Days or to register your interest in these opportunities, visit: bbs-have-a-go-days/
I loved all of the activities! I think it was great to experience sports from a blind person's perspective, especially as the sibling of a VI person. Thank you so much.
A child throwing the Jangles ball in a Sports Hall with guide dog and adult woman in the background
I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you, your colleagues and the sports teachers who organised the Family Day. It was so well run and everyone was very positive. My child had great fun and I think it helped their confidence.
A child is holding the Jangles ball on a sunny day
For more information on the programme, contact our Membership Officer at email@example.com or call 01926 424247.