Blind and Partially Sighted People Inspired to Get Active by Event in Northampton!
Posted: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:58
On Saturday 11th March a group of blind and partially sighted people participated in a sports 'Have a Go' day event with their families at Kingsthorpe Community College in Northampton.
The event was organised by Northamptonshire Sport, British Blind Sport and Northamptonshire Association for the Blind in order to help inspire the participants, who had a variety of visual impairments, to be more active. Unfortunately national statistics from the last Sport England 'Active People Survey' showed that only 9% of people with a visual impairment participate in 30 minutes of physical activity once a week compared to 18% of people with other disabilities and 39% of non – disabled people, so organisers hoped that this event would help inspire participants to do more.
The Mayor of Northampton, Councillor Christopher Malpas, who has a visual impairment, officially opened the event along with the Mayoress and his guide dog Verity. He told the participants to "have fun, enjoy the day and look to make physical activity a regular part of their lives as activity can contribute so many positive things to life."
The participants then got the opportunity to try seven different sports which included cricket, football, goalball, golf, guided running, judo and tennis which were provided by coaches from local clubs and the National Governing Bodies. Information was then on offer to participants about where and how they can go about doing more of the sports that they enjoyed.
Northamptonshire Sport's Disability Development Officer, Graeme Wilson said:
"It was great to see so many people of all ages who are blind or partially sighted attending the event today. They've given all the sports a really good go, shown some great ability, but most importantly had lots of fun. I hope that it's inspired them all to go away wanting to get involved in more sports as it's not only good for their physical health, but also their mental wellbeing and self confidence. There's no reason why they shouldn't have the same opportunities as everyone else, and everyone involved today is there to help enable them to do that"
Anyone who is blind, partially sighted, or has any other disability can find out about physical activity opportunities available to them by contacting Graeme Wilson by phone on 07766 991828 and email Graeme.Wilson@firstforwellbeing.co.uk.