After Conference 2018 delegates were invited to a optional sport and social evening.
The sport part was a taster session of goalball for anyone aged 6 years old or more. It was a chance for people with aniridia and sighted relatives to give it go and enjoy playing together. Representatives of Croydon and Sutton goalball club ran the lesson.
Once we were warmed up and trained we played short matches. It was lots of fun and quite a challenge.
Afterwards we had lots of pizza and time to chat.
Goalball is played by two teams of three people, who are blindfolded, so visually impaired and sighted can all take part equally.
The object of the game is to score a goal by bowling a ball along the floor so that it crosses the goal line of the opposing team. The defending team has to stop the ball by blocking it with their bodies, typically by laying on the ground. The ball is the same size as a basketball but twice the weight and contains internal bells, to help know where it is. The court has tactile markings for orientation and is a similar size to a volleyball or basketball court