Year 3 pupils at St George’s Catholic Primary School in Worcester were given a masterclass in the Paralympic sport of Goalball by Stephen Newey, National Schools Officer for Goalball UK.
Claire Bradnock of the Vision Impairment team works with a vision impaired pupil in the school and arranged the activity to show the pupil and fellow peers that having a vision impairment is not a barrier to getting involved in sports and to demonstrate that sports can be inclusive within a mainstream school.
Originally developed in 1946, as a rehabilitation programme for visually impaired World War II veterans, Goalball is now among the most exciting team sports on the Paralympic programme.
Goalball is a fully inclusive sport where players wear eyeshades, so that they are totally blindfolded allowing all levels of sight to participate. Two teams of three players aim to get a ball containing bells across their opponents’ goal while defending their own.
The Vision Impairment team supports over 300 babies, children and young people with a vision impairment, their families and carers.