Inclusivity

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Submitted by: Accumulate Wealth Management

Description

Goalball is a Paralympic, indoor, 3-aside team sport, of attack and defend - with a unique twist! The sport was originally devised in 1946 to help rehabilitate soldiers who had lost their sight during the war. It has been played throughout the world ever since, at the highest level, by people who are blind or partially sighted. It is a sport for both children and adults with visual impairments.

The game uses a ball with bells inside so that the visually impaired can hear the ball coming. The object of the game is to throw the ball into the opposing team's net while defenders attempt to block it with their bodies.

Goalball is a truly inclusive sport in that fully sighted players can also play domestically. This is because everybody is required to wear eye shades so that nobody can see. Players therefore have to rely entirely on their other senses. Encouraging fully sighted people to take part It helps promote awareness of the challenges faced by those with sight impairment.

Goalball is a significantly underfunded and desperately needs new equipment such as protective pads, eye shields, the balls with the bells and funds to hire sports halls. It currently relies on the commitment of volunteers and parents.

More than £1,000 is required long term, but the thought process being to seek Aviva's support for up to £1,000 to give itself its best chance of some much needed funding rather than be greedy.

Goalball Norfolk and Norwich

Location: Norwich

My son was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2014. Whilst he continues to battle against his cancer he will be left permanently blind in one eye with severe sight impairment in his other eye. He loves sport, but it is too dangerous for him to play the sports normal 9 year olds enjoy, hence Goalball.
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