With many visually impaired children struggling with physical activity due to the lack of inclusive PE at mainstream schools and a personal fear of failure or low confidence, this often leaves them feeling isolated when it comes to taking part in sport. With over 25,000 visually impaired children living in the UK, there are a large number who are risk of obesity and inactivity. The First Steps into Scotland project aims to solve this problem by distributing its First Steps packs to blind and visually impaired children throughout the country. The First Steps packs include a bright inflatable ball containing ball bearings, fitness activity booklet suggesting games that the child can play with the ball and a reward chart to encourage the children to achieve their goals.
British Blind Sport Chief Executive Alaina MacGregor said, “The First Steps pack will often give visually impaired children their first opportunity to try sport or physical activity specifically adapted to them. British Blind Sport knows what a difference playing sport can make to a blind or VI child’s life. It can build confidence, encourage communication, improve health and develop relationships. Put simply, First Steps will empower young visually impaired children and their families to have a healthier, more active and fun lifestyle.”
Rebecca Whitley, Trustee Manager of People’s Postcode Trust said, “We are extremely pleased that British Blind Sport is receiving funding from People’s Postcode Trust, which will enable more visually impaired young people in Scotland to participate in sports through BBS’s innovative First Step sports packs.”
People’s Postcode Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. A minimum of 27.5% goes to good causes across Great Britain and internationally.
Alaina added, “I would like to thank players of People’s Postcode Lottery for helping charities like us help blind and visually impaired children fulfil their potential, get active and play sport. By playing this lottery you really are making a genuine difference to people’s lives.”
For more details about how to get a First Steps pack, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01926 42 42 47.