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Why do I need a sight classification?

Sight classifications are important as they ensure a fair and equal competition. Success at competitions should be defined by an athlete’s skill and ability, not their impairment. The sight classifications should give all athletes the confidence that they are competing against others equally.

For visually impaired sports in the UK, participants are graded into five sight categories, these are:Anna Bolton - Goalball player

B1: This category encompasses no light perception in either eye up to light perception, but inability to recognise shapes at any distance or in any direction.

B2 & B3: Both of these categories involve a low level of usable partial vision, those in the B3 category will be able to see more than those graded as B2. B3 is the highest category used for international & Paralympic sport.

B4: This is a good level of partial sight, the category is specific to sport in this country but is still included in the majority of sports. Anyone with more than roughly 25% of normal vision is likely to be too sighted for this category.

B5: This category used to be referred to as B4+, it has no top limit and is banned in almost all visually impaired sports, although at least two sports do allow it.

Download the sight classification form

What is the cost of a sight classification? 

National sight classification price
  • British Blind Sport member: Free classification
  • Adult non-member: £40
  • Junior non-member (17 years and under): £18

Did you know it’s cheaper to become a member of British Blind Sport than it is to get a national sight classification as a non-member. Register as a member today!

How do I get a sight classification?

To make sure everything goes smoothly when getting a classification, follow these simple steps:

  1. Download and print the sight classification form
  2. Book an appointment with an eye consultant or optician
  3. Take any lenses you use to your appointment; even lenses you don’t use for sport
  4. Check that the optician has completed the acuity and field tests. We need both of these to be completed!
  5. Send the completed form to our head office
  6. We will send your classification certificate within 2 weeks of receiving your completed forms

If you know you are competing at an event, don’t leave it to the last minute to get a sight classification! We would rather you have a great day competing than miss out because you weren’t classified.

Download the sight classification form