The Festival of VI Sport will mark the fortieth anniversary of British Blind Sport ©British Blind Sport

British Blind Sport have announced they will hold a summer Festival of VI Sport, to celebrate the charity’s 40th year of helping visually impaired people through sport.

The Festival is due to be held at King Henry VIII School in Coventry on July 11, with the free event open to blind and partially sighted people from a variety of different ages and abilities.

The aim of the event is to showcase a variety of different sports or activities that visually impaired people can participate in, as the charity, founded in 1975, continues with their ambition to break down barriers regarding participation and encourage more visually impaired children and adults to take part in sport and physical activity.

Friends and families are also actively encouraged to attend the festival, which British Blind Sport hope will be help visually impaired people find an activity they enjoy and can pursue in the future.

‘We are excited to be able to showcase the wonderful work of our charity at the forthcoming Festival of VI Sport which celebrates our fortieth Anniversary,” said Alaina MacGregor, chief executive of British Blind Sport.

“There will be plenty of opportunities for visually impaired people to try out a whole range of sports on the day."

Visually impaired football will be one of the sports featured at the festival
Visually impaired football will be one of the sports featured at the festival ©AFP/Getty Images

MacGregor added: “Our aim is to make a visible difference through sport for those children and adults living with sight loss.

“This event will provide a great platform for people to have a fun day out, learn about what sports are available in their local area and hopefully find a sport that they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.”

Athletics, cricket, cycling, football, golf and swimming will be among the sports featured at the festival, with qualified and experienced coaches from organisations such as England Athletics, England Golf, Wheels For All, Cycling Projects and The Football Association set to lead sessions.

Supported by The Rotary Club of Coventry Phoenix, the festival will begin at midday, with sport and activity sessions lasting for four hours.

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