British Blind Sport Newsletter - August

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We are delighted to announce registration is now open for British Blind Sport’s Newcastle Have a Go Day!  Working in partnership with Henshaw's Newcastle, come along and take part in an entirely free day of activities! Open to anyone with a visual impairment aged 5 and up, including their friends, family or siblings.

When and where
Date: 27th October 2017
Time: 10:30-3pm
Venue: Walker Activity Dome, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 3BR.

Get Involved!
Register online please click here
For further details please telephone: 07917 388 172 or email

We're recruiting!

Could you help us make a visible difference?

British Blind Sport are looking to recruit a new Participation Officer! This role will work to take forward new and established links and initiatives across the visually impaired (VI) community across England to grow participation in sport.

Candidates for the post must have a proven track record of managing and delivering projects. High level project and event planning skills needed. Knowledge of working with or supporting visually impaired people is desirable. The successful applicant must be able to work flexibly and be willing to travel to other locations as the role requires.

For full details visit the British Blind Sport website. The closing date to apply is 7th September 2017. 

Champions smiling with their trophies from the Boccia Championships.

Residential Sports Camp a Success! 

Working in partnership with VICTA and the RNC, British Blind Sport delivered a residential Sports Camp from 22nd to 25th August.

11 children enjoyed a weekend of sport and adventure activities including golf, bowling, goalball, football, cricket and outdoor activities such as abseiling. This was rounded off with the UK VI Boccia Championships!
VI Tennis player about to serve the ball at the BBS Have a Go Day in Manchester

Junior Visually Impaired Tennis Festival

Tennis is a sport for everyone including those who are blind or partially sighted.
If you are 18 and under and looking to try the sport or improve your game then why not come to the Tennis Foundation’s Junior Visually Impaired (VI) Tennis Festival.

The Festival will be delivered by coaches who are experienced in VI tennis and we can guarantee all participants will be hitting balls by the end of the festival!

What can you expect?
•    A fun filled day with lots of games and activities
•    A free racket to use during the festival and take away
•    Opportunities for parents to get involved

When and where
Date: Saturday 23rd September, 11am – 4pm
Venue: Loughborough University Tennis Centre in Leicestershire

Get involved!Or visit:
Ryley Hector, BBS Member, Fundraiser and Superhero!

Congratulations to our Superhero - Ryley!

On 19th August Ryley Hector completed the Superhero Series Triathlon to raise money for British Blind Sport. We would like to say a huge Thank You and Congratulations to Ryley who finished 1st out of all the solo competitors in his event! Ryley completed a run, cycle and swim placing 11th out of 115th competitor in the Superhero Sprint Triathlon. This was his first Triathlon and an amazing achievement. Well done Ryley!

British Blind Sport are an Official Charity Friend of the Superhero Tri Series which took place on 19 August 2017 at Dorney Lake, Surrey. Visit the BBS website for full event details: Link to full event details 

For further information or if you would like to register your interest for next years event, email

IBSA Blind Football European Championships 2017


The IBSA Blind Football European Championships 2017 took place this month in Berlin!

The Three Lions faced Romania, France, Italy and Germany topping Group A, before unfortunately losing to Spain on penalties in the semi-finals. The team did incredibly well taking home the Bronze! Congratulations England.

IBSA Blind Football European Championships 2017 final standings were as follows:
1 Russia
2 Spain
3 England
4 France

Highlights from the event can be found on the IBSA Website linked here.

London Marathon 2018 Places Available

Join 38,000 other runners on this legendary course and help us raise vital funds to support people with visual impairments within the sports world. Applications for our Virgin Money London Marathon 2018 charity places are now open. 

Could 2018 be the year you take on the challenge? Join Team BBS and help us make a visible difference through sport.

Register today 

For more information please contact Fundraising Manager, Lucy Cooper on 01926 424 247 or

Find a Guide 

Running is a great way to get fit and England Athletics and British Blind Sport have created the Find a Guide Database to help you start, get back to or stay running. Whether it's getting out in the sunshine and enjoying the outdoors or meeting new people, our friendly guide runners are passionate about running and are waiting to support you. 

If you are 18 or older simply search for guide runners near you using your postcode. 

Find your guide here

Nominate a Disability Sports Coach in the UK Coaching Awards

Nominations for the twentieth edition of the UK Coaching Awards are now open and UK Coaching is encouraging those who take part or are involved in disability sports to recognise their coaches.

Do you know a coach who goes above and beyond the line of duty? Have they transformed someone’s life or had a significant impact on their local community? Now is the time to show your appreciation for all they do and nominate them for the UK Coaching Awards.
Hosted by UK Coaching, the showpiece annual event is seen as one of the most prestigious within the coaching community and this year will be held at The HAC, City of London in November.

Nominations remain open until Friday 22 September, act fast to ensure your recognise the work of those who coach and encourage more people to be active.

Link to make your nomination

Dates for your diary

There are a number of exciting events this month. Please check the BBS website and events page for full details. Just a few dates include:
  • 1st-3rd September, Bristol Inclusive Climbing Festival, Bristol.
  • 1st-3rd September, BBS Archery National Outdoor Championships, Lilleshall.
  • 2nd-30th September, Surrey VI Cricket Coaching, Woking.
  • 3rd September, Artic One Junior Para-Triathlon, Berks. 
  • 3rd September, Parallell London Fun Run, London.
  • 9th-23rd September, Surrey VI Cricket Coaching, Croydon.
  • 9th September, Cambridge United Blind Football, Cambridge.
  • 17th September, VI Regional Tennis Tournament, Birmingham.
  • 23rd September, Junior VI Tennis Tournament, Loughborough.

Get involved

If you have any events you would like BBS to publicise please email the full details to

Calling all volunteers

We are looking for a new team member to assist with research and database management for one to two days per week as well as volunteers to assist at our upcoming events on a temporary basis.

If you would like to join our small but enthusiastic and fun team please get in touch.
Full details here
If you have an event you want to share, then please get in touch. We will always try and share our partners' events wherever possible.
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