Following the success of the pilot engagement day held in March of this year, participants from across Scotland came together for Scottish Disability Sport’s second ‘Visual Impairment Sports Engagement Day’ on Saturday 26th November, hosted at the Falkirk Sensory Centre, Mariner Centre and Falkirk Indoor Bowls Centre.
Thirty-three children, young people and adults with visual impairments aged between 5 and 48 years of age travelled from across Scotland to try a variety of sports delivered by top sports coaches and volunteers from scottishathletics, Falkirk Indoor Bowling Club, Talking Tandems, Scottish Football Association, Goalball UK, JudoScotland and Scottish Swimming.
The aim of the event was to provide an introduction and engage participants in more sport. Many people with a visual impairment may not be aware of opportunities available to them, and Scottish Disability Sport Regional Managers were on hand to tell people about how to get involved with clubs in their local area.
In addition to the sports, partner organisations RNIB, Haggeye, Guide Dogs Scotland, Blind Children UK Scotland, FABB Scotland and Visibility provided information on their organisations and the support they can provide people.
Gavin Macleod, Chief Executive Officer of SDS said: “SDS is delighted to be working in partnership with the sports and the support agencies to support people with visual impairments to access this unique event to be introduced to and engage in sport.”
If you would like further information about sporting opportunities for people with a visual impairment, please contact Scottish Disability Sport by telephoning 0131 317 1130 or by emailing on firstname.lastname@example.org.