Sports and fitness

With a few adjustments, you can still take up new sports or continue with your favourite sports if you are blind or partially sighted. Blind and partially sighted people can gain the same enjoyment and benefits as anyone else.

Playing sport

Blind and partially sighted people can participate in a wide variety of sports, from bowls to cricket, and from water-skiing to tandem riding.

Most activities may require modest adaptations of rules and equipment to make them accessible – for example playing cricket with a size 4 audible ball, or using a sighted or audio guide to help guide you to the tee in golf. There are also sports such as “goalball”, which are played by blind and partially sighted people only. British Blind Sport governs most blind sport competition from local to international level and there is a sporting structure for competition in most sports.

If you enjoy rambling, the Ramblers Association will be happy to put you in touch with a rambling group in your area which can accommodate blind and partially sighted ramblers. You can go on pre-arranged walks in the countryside or in towns and cities if you prefer. Similarly, the Sensory Trust can also give details of countryside sites which are accessible to blind and partially sighted people.

Our following factsheet provides more information on how to get involved in a number of sports, and what adaptations usually need to be made:

Watching sport

Many sporting venues are improving their access for disabled people. You can visit the Level Playing Field website for information on the different facilities available at football, rugby and cricket venues, or contact the venue directly before visiting to check their facilities and let them know your access needs.  A number of venues offer audio description during matches, some specifically for blind and partially sighted people (for example those using the Access Audio Aural Aide system). Many professional league and non-league football clubs, some rugby clubs and Lords Cricket Ground provide commentary. You can also watch a lot of sport using audio description on your television. See our page on audio description for more information on accessing this service.

Emotional support

It's common to experience strong feelings about sight loss and there will probably be times when you wish you had some emotional support. We can help, talk to us.

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