What is Goalball?
Goalball is a Paralympic sport which was designed for people with visual impairments. As everyone wears blacked out eyeshades during the games, it is open to sighted players too.
The game is played on a court the size of a volleyball court and is marked out with string, which is taped down.
Two teams of three people try to score in the opposition’s nine-metre-wide goal, using a ball with a bell in it.
For more details about goalball and the club please watch this club video or check out the Goalball UK website
Training Dates for 2016/17
We train once a fortnight on a Saturday at either the University's Sutton Bonington Sports Centre (SBSC) between 11am - 2pm.
We are also setting up a new junior satelite club this year for 12 - 18 year olds. These sessions will be running on Thursdays from 5.30 - 7pm, at Harvey Hadden Sports Village. If you're interested in getting involved as a volunteer, coach or player, please contact us.
You can view our calendar of training dates here...
Goalball Leaders Course
If you would like to be involved with the goalball club as a coach, then you may be interested in the goalball leaders course that we're running at Sutton Bonington Sports Centre on Saturday 22nd October.
The leaders course is the equivalent of a level one coaching qualification and will provide you with a good knowledge of the sport, rules and coaching techniques.
If you're interested in doing the course please email the Disability Sport Officer for more information.
How can I join?
You can come along to one of our training sessions or contact the Disability Sport Officer for more information.
You don't need a sports facilities membership to join in, but you will need to complete a registration form and pay £3 per session (£5 for those who require transport to Sutton Bonington).
What do I need to bring?
You will need to wear comfortable sports clothing – tracksuit bottoms, a long sleeved top and trainers, for example.
We will provide you with the following, unless you would like to bring your own:
• Blacked-out masks
• Knee and elbow pads
• Goal balls
• Other training equipment
Volunteers - We need YOU!
As we're increasing the number of sessions that we're running this year, we need more volunteers to help us out.
There are lots of opportunities that you could get involved with including coaching, supporting training sessions and competitions, as well as help with managing promotions and social media activity.
If you're interested in being involved please contact us.