A severe visual impairment should not be a barrier to taking part or enjoying exercise or sport. Whether it is just to keep healthy, get fit or even if you want to compete, there are many opportunities open to people with sight loss of any age.
There are many fitness classes in our region which are accessible to people with sight loss. If you would like to join a group, get in touch and we can try to connect you. We have also produced a range of audio-described exercise classes which can be accessed online through our Knowledge Hub, or sent out to you on a USB stick if you would like to exercise at home.
Also in our Knowledge Hub you will find links to other fitness classes, yoga classes and other opportunities to stay fit and healthy.
If you are interested in walking groups, we have also developed a partnership with the Ramblers Association in the West of England, and have provided sight loss awareness training to Ramblers group leaders across the region. If you would like to join a local walking group, we can connect you and provide support to help you integrate and access suitable walks.
Sports clubs and opportunities
Taking part in sporting activities is not just good for getting active and keeping fit, sport is also a great way to socialise, make friends, build confidence and independence too.
There are many sports that are open to blind and partially sighted people from archery, cricket, running, sailing, tandem cycling, tennis…. the list could go on and on!
"I had never thought about playing tennis as a visually impaired person but I had always followed tennis on television and the radio. So when the opportunity came up to play visually impaired tennis I jumped at the chance. For me playing VI tennis is a really good way not only to keep fit and healthy, but you are also using your brain when playing thinking about the next shot, so it is good for keeping your brain active too."
Contact us to find out about local visually impaired friendly sporting clubs, or to find out about our introductory taster sporting events which we run to provide an opportunity for people to have a go at different sports.
Specific sporting events are also listed on our What’s On page.
Find out more
To find out more about any of the up-coming sporting taster events or to find a visually-impaired friendly sporting club near you, contact Marc Gulwell on [email protected], or call 0117 322 4885.