Goalball is an exciting, indoor, 3-aside team sport of attack and defend - with a unique twist!
The sport was originally devised in 1946 to help rehabilitate soldiers who had lost their sight during the war. It has been played throughout the world ever since, at the highest level, by people who are blind or partially sighted. However, goalball is a truly inclusive sport in that fully sighted players can also play domestically. This is because everybody is required to wear eye shades so that nobody can see. Players therefore have to rely entirely on their other senses - the ball contains internal bells so players are able to track its movement by its sound, whilst the court is marked out with tactile lines so players can feel where they are. The idea of the game is quite simply to score goals by bowling the ball along the floor, past the opposing team.
There are approximately 30 competitive clubs (playing in the National League) with new clubs currently being developed in key geographical areas. There are also a number of recreational and/or school clubs. Clubs can have up to 3 teams – playing at Novice, Intermediate and Elite level – and the season runs from September to July with tournaments taking place throughout the country.