There are almost 2 million people in the UK living with sight loss. This number is set to increase to over 4 million by the end of 2050. BBS's new five-year strategy sets out how BBS will develop its services to engage, support and ensure quality experiences for blind and partially sighted people in sport. It summarises our core mission, vision, values and overarching objective of increasing blind and partially sighted people's participation in sport, while also leaving a lasting legacy around the 2023 IBSA World Games.
The new strategy outlines how BBS will use strategic funding, rigorous research and a strong network of community organisations in the sport and slight loss sectors to tackle inequalities, level up access and help more blind and partially sighted people get active and play sport.
Over the next 5-years BBS will:
- Reach over 30,000 BPS people through its programmes and platforms.
- Engage with over 2000 people through its freely accessible Have a Go Day programme.
- Work with over 500 young people and their families to create positive early sporting experiences.
- Work with sporting and non-sporting partners to deliver a cohesion programme to reach over 1500 older people.
- Reach more blind and partially sighted people from ethnically diverse communities, including expanding resources into different languages.
- Provide tailored support to at least 50 sporting and sight loss organisations, as a system partner, to ensure they provide improved sporting and physical activity opportunities and experiences for blind and partially sighted people.