Date confirmed for 2016 National Visually Impaired Youth Football Tournament and Development Day

Date confirmed for 2016 National Visually Impaired Youth Football Tournament and Development Day

British Blind Sport is pleased to work in partnership with the Football Association (FA) and the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC), to host the 2016 National Visually Impaired (VI) Youth Football Tournament and Development Day on Saturday 18th June 2016.

Lauren Impey, Participation Delivery Officer of British Blind Sport said,

“As a result of the support from both the FA and RNC, British Blind Sport has been able to change the format of this years’ event. It will now feature two tournaments which follow the IBSA and Partially Sighted Football league rules and regulations. Developmental training will be led by FA coaches with an expertise in coaching players with visual impairments, and information on how players can continue playing football after the event (locally and competitively)”.  

 Phil Heap, National Participation Manager (Disability) for the FA said:

“Football is a remarkable sport loved worldwide and The FA is committed to ensuring that everybody, whatever their level of ability, should be given the opportunity to participate. We are delighted to be working in partnership with British Blind Sport to increase the number of opportunities for blind and partially sighted individuals to take part in impairment specific formats of the game that are designed to meet their individual needs.”

The upcoming British Blind Sport National Visually Impaired Football Tournament and Development Day will be a great opportunity for new and current players alike, to experience the thrill of blind and partially sighted football at a purpose built facility, under the watchful eye of expert FA qualified coaches from within the blind and partially sighted formats of the game.

The state-of-the-art sports centre is also home to the England Blind Football team and last year hosted the IBSA Blind Football European Championships.

Marketing & Student Recruitment Manager at RNC, Tim Broome, said,

“We are excited to host such a worthwhile event and provide more playing opportunities for these young footballers. Participating in sport can provide so many benefits for young people, including teamwork, communication, having fun and making new friends. It’s great that we are able to support the work of British Blind Sport”

To sign up please download the British Blind Sport National Visually Impaired Football Tournament and Development Day Event Pack or contact Lauren Impey on 07929 356428 or at participation@britishblindsport.org.uk