Wednesday 10 January 2017
We revisit the latest stage of Laura Turner’s physical activity adventures, as she delves into the world of women’s football
What is blind-football?
A blind-football team is made up of 4 players and a sighted goalkeeper.
All players must wear eye-shades and the ball contains loose ball-bearings allowing players to locate the ball when moving.
Blind-football is currently a Paralympic sport and the International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) supports and organises tournaments throughout the world.
What are the benefits of blind-football?
Not only does blind-football encourage you to be physically active, it also helps to improve your listening and communication skills, your ability to work as a team, your spatial awareness and your balance and flexibility. Additionally, blind-football is fantastic for your mental wellbeing; giving you the opportunity to meet new people and improve self-confidence both on and off the pitch.
Why should girls/women get involved in blind-football?
Blind-football for women and girls was launched in May 2017 with the aim being for countries to encourage active participation, develop players and eventually to form a national team.
Football is one of the most inclusive sports out there and we are fortunate to have dedicated and qualified coaches to support blind/visually impaired individuals to become better players.
Wearing a shirt, shorts, long socks and astro shoes really isn’t that bad! It’s all about the eye-shades and ball; encouraging an inclusive level playing field.
Adaptations are currently being developed and tested to help introduce the sport to youngsters, beginners and/or those who do not wish to play as part of a larger team.
It would be great if, in time, England had its very own blind women’s team! But for this to happen we need to encourage more women, and young girls, to get involved.
From a personal perspective; I once said ‘I won’t do blind-football because I don’t do football’! I have since learnt that whilst the same principles apply, blind-football is a very skilful sport and very special to the blind/visually impaired people. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean that you don’t have the ability to kick a ball! Even if it takes time, no one says it’s easy but, it’s the taking part that counts!
So… whether you are a sporty individual or looking for a new challenge we’d love to hear from you!
Please contact Philippa Bass for more information on 07944194252 or Philippa.Bass@leicestershirefa.com
Don’t knock it till you’ve kicked it!