Introducing goalball… an inclusive sport

Whether you’re looking for fun, fitness or a spot of competitive action, why not consider goalball – the community-spirited sport that welcomes players of all abilities. 

What is goalball?
Goalball is a sport for visually impaired athletes, however, it can be played by sighted people too. The sport takes place indoors and involves two sides (three players a side) bowling a ball across the floor with the opposition’s goal line in sight. But this isn’t any ball, it has a bell inside it and, even more exciting, ALL players must wear eye shades. It’s not mean feat to bowl to victory, and that’s what makes it such fun.

From little ones to professionals, participation and popularity continue to rise.

The GB squad has currently got its eye on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Additionally, there is a National Schools Programme, supported by BBC Children in Need and an associated School Games too. 

More than a sport
Whilst goalball is a great way to get fit and healthy, and you can compete if you want to, this sport is an equally brilliant way to build a new social circle and make new friends. It’s as welcoming as is it inclusive.

And if it’s not playing that you’re interest in, but still want to get active in other ways in your community, there are coaching courses available or you might choose to volunteer or officiate.

You too can help fundraise in support of this community-centric sport.

Next steps
There are goalball clubs dotted across the country, from north to south, and you can click here to find out about taster sessions in your area and to access information about starting your own club. 

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