Blind Football Ireland is a newly formed group which seeks to provide footballing opportunities to Blind people in the Republic of Ireland. The group is a collaboration between the FAI and Sports Vision Ireland. At present the body wants to identify males and females aged between 16 and 35 who are blind and would like to try out B1 Football. Blind Football Ireland have been working on this project for a number of months now and have had a great reaction amongst the blind community to the project.
Their sessions to date have seen blind players from all over the country come to their weekend training sessions in Dublin to participate in intensive and fun weekends. Football Programmes that aim to provide all people with visual impairments the opportunity to play football locally, nationally and internationally.
It’s a fantastic sport that can be played by absolute beginners up to elite Paralympic level. Players in the FAI
centres range in age from 10 to 55!
Benefits of blind football
- Open the game of association football to a population that although is a minority group within disability sport, deserve the opportunity
- Health benefits of exercise and involvement in a sport
- Increase the awareness of the abilities of players who have lost their sight from birth or acquired it after
- Psycho-social health benefits with increased positivity, self-confidence and morale
- Allow players to fulfil a dream of representing their country or just playing the sport they love
For further details about these courses please contact : FAI Development Officer Nick Harrison
www. blindfootballireland.ie www.facebook.com/BlindFootballIreland