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Guiding system for visually impaired for individual running on the track

Launching our Visually Impaired Friendly Athletics Resource for coaches, teachers and parents

We are proud to announce the release of our Visually Impaired Friendly Athletics resource to support blind and partially sighted people in track, field and road-running activities. The resource is the second in a series of educational resource produced by British Blind Sport, with more launching in our 40th anniversary year.

“The positive effects of participation in sport for a visually impaired person cannot be underestimated and we are aware that skilled coaches and teachers make all the difference in helping others achieve their goals” said Alaina MacGregor, British Blind Sport’s CEO.

Funded by Sport England, the VI Friendly Athletics resource enables coaches and parents to:

  • Have a better understanding of the needs of people with a visual impairment.
  • Apply their knowledge to meet the needs of blind and partially sighted people.
  • Use fundamental communication skills to support visually impaired people’s needs.

We believe 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 the coaches have the knowledge to create an inclusive and accessible sporting environment for people with sight loss.

Developed in partnership with England Athletics and British Athletics, this extensive athletics resource includes information about:

  • The fundamentals of sight loss.
  • Advertising athletics events to blind and partially sighted people.
  • How to guide visually impaired people in track, field and off-track situations.
  • Health and safety considerations such as obstacles and traffic.
  • Competitive athletics for people with sight loss.

See the full article here