New partnership in South West brings more sport opportunities

New partnership in South West brings more sport opportunities

British Blind Sport is working closely with Active Devon (the local County Sports Partnership) and WESC Foundation, The specialist Centre for Visual Impairment, to provide enhanced sports and physical activity provision for people with sight loss in Exeter and across Devon.

There will be a full day of activities dedicated to improving sport and physical provision for people with visual impairments held at WESC Foundation, Topsham Road, Exeter on March 12th.

The day will consist of two key elements: an education and training workshop for sports coaches, leaders, clubs and PE Teachers and a lively multi-activity session where anyone with a visual impairment can try a variety of sports and activities, for free!

“Active Devon’s vision is Everyone in Devon active for Life and we really focus our efforts on widening participation in inclusive sports” said Jason Woods who overseas inclusive physical activity at Active Devon. “This partnership with British Blind Sport and WESC is an innovative model and we hope to demonstrate that getting active is as much about having fun and meeting friends as it is about energising your body.”

The education and training workshop, ‘VI Awareness in Sport and PE’ hosted by WESC Foundation and British Blind Sport is designed to help any sport coach, club, volunteer or PE Teacher to understand the needs of VI people when participating in sport and recreation. The morning workshop will provide learners with a general understanding of sight loss and how to adapt and modify sports and physical sessions to ensure they are accessible and inclusive for people with visual impairments.

To register to attend the Coach Education workshop please book online via www.activedevon.org/adcourses

All afternoon the WESC Foundation opens its sports facilities to anyone of any age with a visual impairment and there are many exciting activities to try including swimming, Golf, Athletics, Goalball, Gymnastics, Football and Judo.

The sessions will be led by qualified coaches from local clubs, who have experience of working with people with sight loss. All sports sessions are FREE.

This afternoon of activity is an excellent opportunity to try a new sport, learn a new skill and have fun! Friends and family members are also welcome to attend and join in the activities. Sports session kick off at 1:30pm and activity is taking place until 6:00pm

WESC Foundation, British Blind Sport and Active Devon are committed to providing regular sports opportunities to encourage people to be active, and this event is just the start of the opportunities that the three organisations are working together to provide.

Following the event on March 12th, WESC Foundation will be hosting a regular multi-sport and activity club for people with visual impairments, as part of Active Devon Opportunities Club Programmes.

The types of sports and activities will be determined by local demand so this a great chance to be involved in the future of VI Sport in Exeter and across Devon.

For more information about the event on 12th March please contact Jason Wood 07958012641 or visit the Active Devon website www.activedevon.org

For information about WESC Foundation: www.wescfoundation.ac.uk; phone: 01392 454200; email: info@wescfoundation.ac.uk

For information at British Blind Sport: www.britishblindsport.org.uk; phone: 01926 424247; email: info@britishblindsport.org.uk