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Blind Football Event for Coaches and Players

The Leicestershire & Rutland County FA will host a blind football taster event for coaches and players on Saturday 24 September at Holmes Park.
The event will consist of a blind football ‘Coaching Workshop’ which will showcase the FA’s pathway to play for those with visual impairments, followed by a ‘Blind Football Event’: a taster session for new blind or partially-sighted footballers.

Both blind and visually-impaired players, as well as fully-sighted youth goalkeepers (U16) are invited to join in with sessions in the afternoon which can be an introduction into the sport and will be led by coaches from the Leicestershire & Rutland County FA Blind Talent Centre.

Players from the Blind Talent Centre recently starred in Channel 4’s ‘Superhuman’ advert for the Rio Paralympic Games. You can watch the advert by clicking here.

Full details of the event can be found below and in the documents accessible at the foot of the page.  

Coaches Workshop
10.30am to 12.00pm
Learn about the FA’s blind pathway, sight classification and observe some practical demonstrations about working with blind players from experience blind football coaches.

Blind Football Event
12.30pm to 2.30pm
For new players (all ages), plus fully sighted youth goalkeepers (U16’s) to come and try some new skills, have a go at the sports and most importantly, have fun in a comfortable environment.

Leicestershire Hosts the FA’s East Midland Regional Talent Centre for the Blind, but also has a grassroots sections. Players, when ready, can play within the FA National Blind League. The centre trains on Saturdays throughout the season.

Philippa bass, Disability Football Development Officer and B1 Regional Talent Centre Lead, said: “I’m really pleased we can host an event to inspire the next generation of players, as well as work with new coaches in the game. I would encourage anyone who is thinking about getting involved with blind football, or would like to know more about it, to come along on September 24.”

For more information please contact Philippa Bass on philippa.bass@leicestershirefa.com

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