Great Britain Paralympian shows that This Girl Can

Group shot of over 20 This Girl Can participants and coaches stood together in the sports hall, including GB Women’s Goalball player Laura Perry

The ‘This Girl Can’ campaign, developed by Sport England to encourage more girls to participate in physical activity, came to the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) last week with an afternoon centred around Goalball. This is the only Paralympic sport originally designed for people with a visual impairment; it’s an inclusive sport where people with sight loss can play against their sighted peers on a level playing field with everyone wearing a blindfold.

 

Over 30 girls from Malvern College, Worcester University, RNC and the local community received coaching from current GB Women’s Goalball player Laura Perry who introduced the sport to most for the first time. The girls also took part in a dance themed warm up and fun fitness activities wearing a blindfold. Laura discovered Goalball when she became a student at RNC in 2011, she explains ‘When I suffered sight loss I didn’t think I would be able to continue to play sport, but Goalball has given me the opportunity to represent my country and travel the world, I never thought that would be possible. I would encourage all girls to give sport a go”

 

Action shot of Kimberley in the sports hall; she is doing a lunge as she has just thrown a ball. Two girls from Malvern College and GB Women’s Goalball player Laura Perry are in the background

Kimberley practices her shooting skills for her first ever Goalball match

First year RNC student Kimberley Jeffreys said “This is the first time I have ever played Goalball and I was so scared, but as soon as I got into it I absolutely loved it and didn’t want the day to end. I made some great new friends and had so much fun.”

 

 

 

RNC Sports Academy Coach and GB Women’s Goalball Coach, Aaron Ford, was delighted at the success of the event said ‘This Girl Can has not only introduced physical activity to young ladies; many have made new friends, learnt some new skills and it was a chance for people with and without sight to enjoy the day together; this is the power of sport.”

 

RNC is home to the UK’s first Sports Academy specifically for people with visual impairment – if you want to find out more about this or any of the courses that we offer please call our student enquiries team on 01432 376 621 or email info@rnc.ac.uk

 

Article written by Tim Broome, Student Recruitment Manager at RNC