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Education

A coach talks to a girl and a boy.We believe that everyone has the right to participate in a sport of their choice. However, there are many barriers to overcome to allow those with a visual impairment to have the same opportunities as sighted people.

Coaches and volunteers play an important role in developing recreational activities across the country. We want to ensure that they have the knowledge to create an inclusive and accessible sporting environment for people with sight loss.

Therefore, we are creating sport-specific educational resources to assist those who are delivering sporting sessions with support and guidance on how to include people with sight loss.

Educational Resources

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This resource helps coaches support people with a visual impairment. The extensive resource will help you understand sight loss and gain knowledge of specific eye conditions. You will also learn about how you can help VI people get active: guiding and supporting them, adapting and modifying sports and physical activity to include visually impaired people into mainstream sessions and understanding the pathways available for VI people.
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A girl dives into the swimming pool.Swimming Resource
This swimming resource helps coaches support people with a visual impairment in and around the swimming pool. The extensive resource provides recommendations from making swimming sessions accessible to how to accommodate guide dogs at the leisure centre. The resource also offers support to parents and guardians of children with sight loss.

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A boy holds a red shot in a shot put competition.Athletics Resource
This athletics resource helps coaches support people with a visual impairment in track, field and road-running activities. The extensive resource provides recommendations from making athletics sessions accessible to how to be a great guide runner. The resource also offers support to parents and guardians of children with sight loss.

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Two boys celebrate by embracing in a hug.Football Resource
This football resource helps coaches support people with a visual impairment on and around the football pitch. The extensive resource provides recommendations from making football sessions accessible to how to progress through the FA's pathways. The resource also offers support to parents and guardians of children with sight loss.

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Judo Resource

This judo resource helps coaches support people with a visual impairment in the judo environment. The extensive resource provides many recommendations on how to make judo sessions accessible and help VI participants comfortable in the environment. The resource also offers support to parents and guardians of children with sight loss.


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Archery and Shooting Resource
This resource focuses on the target sports of Archery and Shooting and is a joint product between British Blind Sport and Agincourt 600 with contributions from Archery GB and British Shooting. Kindly funded by Agincourt 600, this resource has been designed to educate the coaching and club network to ensure a greater knowledge of VI Archery and VI Shooting and help enhance the opportunities for more VI people to take part in there exhilarating sports.
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Equestrian resourceEquestrian Resource 

Kindly funded by Sport England and working in partnership with the RDA, this resource is designed to educate coaches, leaders and staff at equestrian centres across the country about sight loss and the needs of people with a visual impairment in equestrianism. It also provides recommendations on how they can adapt their equestrian opportunities to make them more suitable for VI people.

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Online Swimming Course

Developed in partnership with the Amateur Swimming Association. i-Learn aims to provide support, ideas and guidance for anyone involved with swimming on how to include people with a visual impairment more effectively, and is free to complete.
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 Research

Barriers to Participation for Visually Impaired Women Research
Small changes, big difference: Making physical activity accessible for visually impaired women This report published in 2016 is the first of its kind to explore how sport and physical activity affects the lives of visually impaired (VI) women. It looks in depth at their motivations and barriers to becoming more active, and the specific challenges visually impaired women can face when accessing sporting opportunities.
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Two boys celebrate by embracing in a hug.Overcoming Barriers to Participation Research
A 2014 research study exploring how blind and partially sighted people overcome the barriers to participation to enjoy a lifetime of sport. This extensive study explored the barriers that restrict visually impaired people from enjoying sport and how successful participants have overcome those challenges. We worked with over 200 visually impaired people during this study.

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Laura Turner, VI Horse RiderVI Equestrian Activity Report

With support from Sport England, British Blind Sport and the Riding for the Disabled Association have collaborated on a research project to identify new insight about the barriers to taking part in horse riding that people with a visual impairment can face, and to better understand the support that coaches feel they need, in order to deliver equestrian activities for VI people with confidence. 

View the VI Equestrian Activity Report online

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