RNC Goalball Academy
The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) in Hereford has recently launched the UK’s first visually impaired sports academy and Goalball is one of its main disciplines. Learners can join the RNC Sports Academy on a number of levels playing alongside their main area of study, students can receive as much as eight hours of Goalball coaching a week.
Find out more about the Sports Academy by selecting the interactive prospectus below;
We are developing players to compete at all levels and attending Novice, Intermediate and Elite competitions run by Goalball UK. We welcome players of all abilities to join our sessions as our aim is to get as many people playing this fantastic sport as possible.
If you are interested in attending one of our sessions or have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Aaron Ford, as well as being a Sports Academy teacher at the RNC, he is also the lead coach the GB Women’s Goalball squad or email email@example.com
What is Goalball?
Goalball is played by two teams of three players and open to both male and female students. All players – blind or partially sighted – wear eyeshades so they are totally blindfolded and then determine their position by tactile markings on the floor. The ball contains internal bells so players can locate it during play.
The object of the game is to score a goal by bowling the ball along the floor across the goaline 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 – before a counter attack by bowling the ball back.
Goalball is fast, furious, and brilliant for improving spatial awareness, confidence and communication skills.
Watch this video to learn more about Goalball;