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British Blind Sport launches Activity Finder

British Blind Sport is pleased to announce the launch of the BBS Activity Finder in January 2020. The Finder is a new and innovative way for blind and partially sighted people, family members and professionals to search for visually impaired friendly clubs and community groups across the United Kingdom.

Visually impaired children playing indoor football

Over the last year, British Blind Sport has worked to ensure that the database is comprehensive and covers over 30 different sports and activities. To date there are around 1000 opportunities listed on the Activity Finder database across the United Kingdom, with more to come.

Registered clubs may have completed the online registration form. Or perhaps your club’s details are readily available for people to search for opportunities.

What next?

British Blind Sport will circulate a link to all clubs and organisations who have registered on the Activity Finder. This will allow you to generate log in details, so you can review and update your information before the Activity Finder launches on Monday 20th January.

If you or your club already has member log in details for British Blind Sport's website, you can simply log in with those and start checking your information. There will be an increase in enquiries for the clubs and organisations listed on the Activity Finder once it has launched. 

British Blinds Sport is also running a competition during the week commencing Monday 13th January. This offers a £50 Amazon voucher to four different clubs who are registered on our Activity Finder before 20th January. The winners will be selected at random from all registered clubs, including yours. So keep any eye on British Blind Sport's Facebook page to see who won! 

National Partnerships Manager Logan Gray said:

“At British Blind Sport we are very excited to finally be launching the Activity Finder in January. We know from our research that there are a number of additional barriers for visually impaired people to increase their activity levels. Awareness (knowing where to find activities) is one of them.
"We’ve worked hard to register a wide range of activities on the Activity Finder so we can share this information publically with our members and the wider sight loss community in a fully accessible format. Now, everyone can more easily find inclusive, positive opportunities out there.”

It is hoped this tool will play a pivotal part in helping visually impaired people to enjoy being physically active. So the charity invites all clubs and organisations registered on the Activity Finder to join in with #SpotlightOnSport campaign. This will follow the launch of the Activity Finder and will shine the spotlight on a different sport featured on the Activity Finder each day.

They encourage partners to share the launch via news and social media channels, using #BBSActivityFinder, and why not test it out?

Thanks go to those who have contributed to the development of this tool. This includes the clubs who have registered, members and colleagues who have helped with the testing. The primary funder is Sport England with support from web developers, TMC.