BFA joins the football workshop for the blind

The Barbados Football Association (BFA) showed its support for diversity in football last week by donating goal posts, nets and protective barriers to a regional football workshop for the blind and visually impaired organized by the United National Society of the Blind. (NUSB) in association with the Barbados Football Committee for the Blind.

In addition to the team, the BFA sent three representatives: Kent Hall (Head of Coach Education), Fitzgerald Carter (Talent Development Scheme) and Tricia Forde (Referee) to the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology to attend the three-day workshop. . as part of a collective knowledge building exercise and to help raise awareness of football for the blind and partially sighted.

Supported by the Barbados Paralympic Association, several national disability organizations and the International Federation of Blind Sports, the workshop was attended by a diverse group of disability sports stakeholders from Jamaica, Guyana, Saint Vincent, Grenada and Barbados, with representatives from all over the world. international class facilitators of sports for the blind who offer both theoretical sessions in the classroom and practical activities. The Minister for Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment, Charles Griffith, was in attendance and delivered the keynote address.

Newly appointed BFA Technical Director Emmerson Boyce also visited the shop to learn more about the development initiative. “The BFA is really pleased to be able to lend a hand in any way we can to help develop diversity in football. It is fantastic to see participants from across the region come together and raise awareness of the unique sporting needs of the blind and visually impaired, and I am personally looking forward to seeing this aspect of the game grow exponentially in the years to come. ” he said.

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Kent Hall, director of coach education for the BFA, echoed these sentiments, saying the workshop was an invaluable experience.

“I entered the workshop with curiosity and, in general, wanting to show solidarity. But I came away feeling not only more knowledgeable about this particular niche of the sport, but also with a greater understanding of people and communication. It was really inspiring and this experience will definitely change the way I train. We thank the United National Society of the Blind of Barbados for welcoming us to be a part of such a wonderful learning opportunity.”

NUSB Sports Committee Chairman Pedro Belgrave said he was delighted with the turnout of participants and thanked the BFA for their donation and support in helping to raise much-needed awareness. “This workshop is an important step in developing not only football for the blind and visually impaired, but also in our mission to bring more sports to the Caribbean for people with disabilities in general. I want us to be able to shine in all areas and reach the full potential of what is possible – it is my genuine wish that we can send a football team from Barbados to the next Paralympic Games in Paris in 2024. Thanks to everyone involved this week for your support and for helping to set the wheels in motion to achieve that goal,” said Belgrave.

BFA President Randy Harris said that attending workshops of this nature underscores the Association’s strong commitment to playing a vital role in the development of the game at all levels in Barbados.

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“The BFA’s primary focus will always be on guiding the development of football and this of course includes areas such as this that may be left on the periphery of day-to-day operations. We intentionally continue to explore new landscapes for football development, and are grateful to the United National Society of the Blind of Barbados for inviting us to participate and continue to be part of the larger conversation for the advancement of the sport in Barbados. “He noticed it. (PR)

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