The Hull Outreach Goal ball club is home to England’s oldest competitor in the sport, Colin Baxter.
Before meeting the members of the club, I didn’t know what Goal ball was. Colin, 68, informed me about the history of Goal ball. It first started in 1946 as a rehabilitation method for veterans, who were visually impaired as a result of World War 2.
The game is fundamentally played by visual impaired people, although, anyone can play. You can just use a blind-fold and of course the necessary equipment needed to play the sport. Basic padded clothing, blacked out goggles and of course a goal ball.
A goal ball is a large ball, a little bit bigger than a football that has a bell inside. When a player tosses the ball to the team, the opposed can hear the ball rattling as it comes towards them. Enabling them to fulfill their purpose of catching the ball.
Goal Ball is not a popular sport to the masses, it often is mistaken as football for the blind, but Goal ball is an individual sport in which you use your hands to bowl the ball and use your body to defend the goal. The existence of the sport needs to be further publicised, The Hull Outreach Goal Ball club, situated at the Hull University, has great potential for the sport and the players.
Coach, Chris Oakley has been involved with the club since it was established in 2007. Chris has played the sport for 5+ years; he says that he “feels a Sense of liberation.” He explained that“Having a visual impairment makes it difficult to take part in other sports.” Goal Ball has allowed him to accomplish his sporting ambitions.
The sport is a great opportunity to build up your confidence and help you to achieve an active lifestyle. Particularly Learning how to play the sport as it consists of using only four senses, instantly making the sport challenging. However, profoundly helps to develop strategies of how deal with visual impairment–.