Southport Trinity Football Club support local sight loss charity with Blind Football Tournament

Local sight loss charity, Galloway’s Society for the Blind recently teamed up with Southport Trinity Football club to host a blind football tournament at the clubs grounds on Roe Lane, Southport.

Five teams signed up to take part in the tournament, battling it out head to head in a series of 10 minute matches. On pitch players wore blindfolds and relied on the sighted goalies and a special blind football containing bells to help them get around the pitch and score goals.

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Southport Trinity Win the trophy

Emma Wilson, local fundraiser at Galloway’s, told us: “The day was a huge success, everyone had a brilliant time, I was really impressed by how well all the teams did, a few people seemed a bit cautious at first but once they got used to it there were a lot of goals scored. The aim of the day was to raise awareness; sight is something we all too often taken for granted and I definitely think it did make people stop and think. I want to thank Trinity Football Club for their support and for making the event possible.”

Katrina Walker who signed up to play in the tournament as part of the Galloway’s team told us what she thought of the day. “The blind football tournament brilliant, I have never done anything like that before and I definitely think everyone should have a go and experience what it is like. Once you have the blindfold on you completely lose your bearings, finding the ball was okay because it had bells in it but once you have the ball you have to rely on people calling directions to you so you can work out which way to run, there were quite a few own goals scored.

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ABOVE: playing blindfolded (left) Fundraiser Emma Wilson (left) with Player Katrina Walker (right)

To find out more about the services Galloway’s provides and how you can get involved, please contact Emma on 01704 809109 or email emma.wilson@galloways.org.uk. For more photos and videos from the blind football match visit the charities Facebook page at www.facebook.com/galloways

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