In July DSC coaches delivered a training course at London Metropolitan University to over 90 staff from Thomas Pocklington Trust, a UK charity which provides housing, care and support services for people with sight loss.
The aim of the training was to explore different ways of adapting fun indoor sports activities to make them accessible for blind and partially sighted people.
Participants were introduced to New Age Kurling and adapted Boccia and were shown how simple adaptations, especially through use of effective communication, can make activities more inclusive. Specific reference was also given to the need to consider important aspects such as court markings and dimensions, equipment, throwing techniques and body alignment.
During the session sighted participants were also encouraged to wear blindfolds to help them gain a better understanding of what it is like for visually impaired people playing target sports.
The training was facilitated by Roy Smith MBE from Metro Blind Sports Club, a London Sports charity that aims to open doors to sport for blind and partially sighted people of all ages and sporting abilities.