British Blind Sport Open Club Registrations for Brand New Visually Impaired Activity Finder
Posted: Mon, 11 Feb 2019 18:20
British Blind Sport (BBS), the national charity for visually impaired (VI) people to access sport and physical activity have opened submissions for clubs to register for their upcoming Activity Finder, making it easier than ever for people with visual impairments to identify local activities offering a welcoming and positive experience.
BBS research exploring how blind and partially sighted people overcome the barriers to participation uncovered that visually impaired people can often struggle to find information regarding accessible sporting opportunities. Inaccessible content can lead to blind and partially sighted people missing out on sporting opportunities as they can't access the poorly formatted adverts. A participant in the study said "A lack of information is holding me back".
This insight exposed the demand for a search tool, which could display information regarding VI adapted sport and physical activity opportunities in an accessible and inclusive way. This then led to the development of the BBS Activity Finder which will launch in May 2019 with the purpose of being the leading source of information for users to locate VI friendly activities to get active and meet new people in their local area.
Clubs and coaches, who wish to recruit people with a visual impairment to their sessions, are now able to register their club information with the Activity Finder by submitting a completed registration form on the BBS website.
In order to create a detailed and comprehensive database of inclusive sports clubs available across the whole of the UK, BBS is encouraging all members, volunteers and partner organisations to share this message and encourage all clubs and coaches offering inclusive sessions to register for this exciting opportunity by submitting their details in the registration form.
By registering their details to the activity finder, clubs will not only be helping more people living with a visual impairment find opportunities to get active by creating a register of inclusive sessions accessible through a few clicks of a mouse, but will also be gaining free coverage, advertising and promotion on the British Blind Sport website when the search tool goes live in May.
Do you know a sports club that offers accessible sports sessions or activities for people living with a visual impairment? Don't forget to reach out and encourage them to advertise their details with the Activity Finder helping more VI people find suitable opportunities to lead and active life.