SYAN Coaches Support Action for Blind People Event

Posted on 18/11/11

On Saturday 24th of September 2011 15 Actionnaires clubs from the North of England attended an action packed day of athletics at the EIS, Sheffield. This event was open to visually impaired children between the ages 4-16 registered within the 15 clubs.
8 South Yorkshire Athletics network coaches and 6 local young leaders supported the day, by running taster sessions across numerous different athletics disciplines. For the majority of coaches and leaders, they had no previous experience of working with visually impaired children. On Friday 23rd of September, Action for Blind People ran a visual awareness course to up skill the coaches and young leaders ahead of the action packed day.
The Boots Opticians Actionnaires Athletics Event was run by charity Action for Blind People, and supported by the South Yorkshire Athletics Network.
Lesley Inganni, development manager at Action for Blind People, said: “This is the fifth year that the event has taken place. You never know, some of these children could be our Paralympians of the future.”
Both coaches and young leaders thoroughly enjoyed the day with high praise and feedback from both athletes and parents.