First Steps

First Steps

First Steps

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 P.E.

We want to change this.

At British Blind Sport, we are helping children with sight loss get active with a FREE sport and fitness pack delivered to their door.

Girl with First Steps audible 'jingle' ball
First steps activity book, stickers and wall chart.

How to get Involved 

First Steps is a nationwide British Blind Sport project, funded by Children in Need, which aims to empower and encourage blind and partially sighted children aged 3 to 11 to become more physically active. We have registered over 300 children for the programme since its inception, and we will support up to 450 children and their families living in the UK until March 2023! 

Children who register for the project will receive an exciting activity pack which takes them on their very own active adventure with Jangles the Jingle ball. This fabulous bit kit comes absolutely FREE of charge, straight to your door; all we ask from our First Steps families is that they commit to the 1-1 support offered by BBS and provide us with feedback on their child's activity journey through a series of short online surveys.

The pack includes:

  • An Audible Ball: A bright and bouncy ball called Jangles with ball-bearings inside to allow the child to hear the ball.  
  • An Activity Booklet: A booklet filled with simple and enjoyable games that encourage the entire family to play together and learn new skills.  
  • A Progress Poster: A poster for tracking each child's accomplishments to encourage habitual behaviour using a fun sticker chart.  
  • A USB: An audio version of the booklet and inclusive fitness activities on a USB that children and young people can access at home. 

First Steps Events

In addition to receiving the First Steps Pack, our First Steps families are invited to Family Days organised by BBS, which 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: https://britishblindsport.org.uk/bbs-have-a-go-days/

A young boy is playing outdoors with a Jangles ball at a BBS Family Day.

''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."

Participant, Family Day Kent 2022

''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 his confidence.''

Participant, Family Day Northampton 2021

A coach is supporting a First Steps child to play VI baseball.

Further Information

For more information on the programme, contact our First Steps Officer at firststeps@britishblindsport.org.uk or call 01926 424247.