The 4 All Games is a totally inclusive programme that looks to bring VI (visually impaired) football, archery, fencing and goalball tournaments to schools and sports clubs across the UK. The initiative will initially work with schools in Yorkshire but organisers are looking for coaches to help the tournaments roll out across the country.
Using the power of sport to break down barriers
The programme uses the power of sport, in a fun and engaging way, to build mental resilience and remove social barriers to disability – and the Games will promote four core values:
- A no barriers approach to accessing sport
- To build mental resilience
- Removing social barriers to disability
- Improving self-confidence and self-esteem through achievement and inclusion
Competitions will be held at local, regional and national level for primary and secondary schools, with a variant of the games for colleges and universities.
The four featured sports were selected due to their “mentally challenging nature” and are easily adapted for all skill levels and abilities. The sports have all been trialled in a number of schools across South Yorkshire, and the feedback has been extremely positive with high levels of engagement.
The four sports
- Goalball – A sport originally designed for blind athletes. It involves players attempting to roll or throw a basketball-sized ball with bells embedded inside into their opponents’ goal
- VI football – A derivative of futsal, VI football involves playing five-a-side with a ball which makes a noise
- Archery – Either from a standing or sitting position, arrows are fired towards a target, with higher points awarded for arrows close to the centre zone
- Fencing – Whether standing or sitting, the aim is to strike your opponent in the permitted areas for points
Danielle, who was the first disabled athlete to represent England in an able-bodied event at the Commonwealth Games, said:
Disability sport is something that’s very close to my heart, I was very lucky as an athlete to compete on the able-bodied team too so I know the barriers that are there for people with disabilities. We’re hoping to deliver through schools and community groups to start with and we’re wanting it to grow organically. The 4 All Games is such a great concept providing an inclusive sporting platform.
If you want to get involved with this fantastic programme, call 0330 053 5015, and check out their website for a more in-depth look at who and how you can get involved.
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