See Sport Differently

We're partnering with British Blind Sport for See Sport Differently

We have joined the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and British Blind Sport (BBS) to launch See Sport Differently, a participation campaign designed to tackle the disparity of physical activity amongst blind and partially sighted people. 

RNIB and British Blind Sport have created an accessible online hub to provide information and guidance on accessible sports and activities and how blind and partially sighted people can get involved. This portal includes an interactive quiz where people can find out what sports and activities best suit them. 

The campaign also sets out the barriers faced by people with sight loss and celebrates their journey to get involved and stay active by taking part in swimming, martial arts and adapted team sports such as Goalball. 

Derrick Errol Evans MBE, widely known as Mr Motivator, who is supporting the campaign with a series of free audibly accessible home workout videos said:  

“Exercise is for everyone, regardless of age, weight, ability, or sight loss. Whether it is simple chair exercises or a cardio workout, there is something out there for everyone. And it doesn’t have to be challenging or hard work, it can be fun, exciting and energising! The important thing is to get started and do something.” 

The campaign, funded by Sport England and National Lottery, seeks to address findings that over half of the blind and partially sighted population are inactive (do less than 30minues of physically activity a week).  

This participation campaign forms part of the See Sport Differently programme. A three-year initiative run by RNIB in partnership with British Blind Sport that aims to tackle the biggest barriers for blind and partially sighted people within sport and activity and motivate more people with sight loss to get moving by highlighting the benefits of physical activity. The campaign also aims to demonstrate that sight loss doesn’t need to be a barrier, and anyone can start their journey to getting active. 

To find out more information, please visit See Sport Differently

Places Leisure are hosting sessions run by RNIB, exploring practical ways to make our facilities more accessible to those with visual impairment.

There are many inspiring stories of people who have begun to See Sport Differently, read them here

Places Leisure staff member guiding a blindfolded colleague