Local charity, Galloway’s Society for the Blind have teamed up with Southport Trinity Football club to host a Blind football tournament on Monday 25th August, 1:00pm at the Rookery, Roe lane, Southport,  PR9 7HR.

Emma Wilson, local fundraiser at Galloway’s, told us: “We first had the idea during the world cup, everyone was so excited about the football we thought it would be fun to get people experiencing it in a new way, give them an insight into how blind and visually impaired enjoy the beautiful game.”

Emma went on to explain, “Blind football is played slightly differently, the games are shorter and the teams are made up of 4 blindfolded players, a sighted goalie and two sighted team members off the pitch, helping to guide their team members by calling out instructions. The ball itself is also slightly different as it contains loose ball bearing which makes a noise as the ball moves, to aid the visually impaired people during the game.”

“We are looking for local people to sign up to take part in the event and raise some sponsorship for Galloway’s; you can sign up as an individual or as a team of 7 and all participants will receive a certificate for taking part. This is a great team builder for any local businesses or community groups looking to put together a team and all the money raised on the day will go towards providing support, specialist equipment and activities to local blind and partially sighted people, to help them regain and  maintain their independence.”

All participants must be 15 or over on the day of the tournament, no experience is necessary, blind folds and full instructions will be given. There will be a £2 charge for people coming to watch the game on the day which will go straight to the charity and there will be a BBQ and bar available on the day.

If you are interested in signing up to take part or would like more information please call Emma Wilson on 01704 809109 or email emma.wilson@galloways.org.uk

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