SDS Engage Project – Removing the Barriers!

Many new faces came along to Scotstoun Sports Centre in Glasgow on a sunny Saturday this weekend. Funding from the BIG Lottery Fund and British Blind Sport enabled Scottish Disability Sport and partners to offer people living with a visual impairment the unique opportunity to try a variety of sports in one day.

Twenty-seven people aged between 7 and 70, together with friends and family, worked their way through a day-long timetable experiencing athletics, cycling, football, goalball, judo, swimming and tennis.  Feedback from participants was excellent, with many reporting that they had tried a sport for the first time. Participants also commented how much they had enjoyed the experience of participating in the sport with their peers in this unique opportunity for people with sight loss.

Paralympian Sam Ingram was co-delivering the judo sessions with Stephen Somerville of JudoScotland and passing on his expertise whilst promoting the local judo hub as an opportunity to participate in judo.

All sports were promoting clubs and sessions and we hope that participants will take the next step into inclusive clubs and sessions in their chosen sport with support from SDS Regional Managers.

There was a great atmosphere throughout the day which really cannot be represented in words as both participants and coaches pushed the boundaries of their own and others’ perceptions of abilities in learning new skills while experiencing sport for the first time.

Emmanuel Adesegun said: “I have enjoyed the day very much and look forward to trying bowls,” proving that being blind and 70 years of age is no barrier to participating in sport.

If you or anyone you know is living with a visual impairment and would like information on how to get involved in sport please contact us on 0131 317 1130 or