Cambridge has a new Goalball club – The Cambridge Dons!
On Saturday 28th April the Dons take part in their first ever tournament, a novice competition organized by Goalball UK in Leicester.
The Cambridge Dons team features a mix of sighted players and visually impaired players – three of which are Cam Sight members. The club meets every Friday from 6.30pm – 7.30pm at Netherhall Sports Centre and welcomes new members. Since the club started in January it has gone from strength to strength with numbers increasing week on week. The formation of the club has been the result of a partnership between Cam Sight and the Cambridge City Council’s Sports Development team supported by Sports Grant funding from Living Sport.
What is Goalball?
Goalball is a sport that was devised in 1946, as a rehabilitation programme for visually impaired World War II veterans. It is the only team sport played at the Paralympics by the visually impaired but is a totally inclusive sport since all participants wear blindfolds.
Goalball is a game played by two teams of three players. It is open to both male and female visually impaired athletes and sighted players.
It has three main distinguishing features:-
1. All players wear eyeshades so that they are totally blindfolded.
2. Goalball is played on an indoor tactile court.
3. The ball contains internal bells, which help players locate it during play.
The object of the game is to score a goal by bowling the ball along the floor so that it crosses the goal line of the opposing team. The defending team has to prevent the ball going in to their goal by stopping it while remaining in their team area. They must then try to control the ball and attack by bowling the ball back again thereby trying to score in the other goal.
If you would like to try Goalball or find out more information please contact:
Steve.Morley@cambridge.gov.uk or 01223 457000
Sports Development Officer
Arts & Recreation
Cambridge City Council