Department of Sport

Goalball Club

Goalball Club 2020

Nottinghamshire Sheriffs LogoThe Nottinghamshire Sheriffs Goalball Club was set up by the University in partnership with My Sight Nottinghamshire in 2010.

We are one of Goalball UK's legacy clubs and are focussed on growing the sport within the University and out into the wider community.

Goalball is a great sport which is good for your all-round fitness, coordination, spatial awareness, flexibility and strength.

 
 

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 check out the Goalball UK website or this club video

How can I join? 

You can just turn up to one of our training sessions, or contact our Disability Sport Officer before you attend. UoN sports and fitness membership is not required to play, but you will need to complete a registration from and pay £3 per session.

New volunteers are always welcome as we look to increase our club programme. 

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. For more information, please contact us.

 

What should I 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 kit, which will we loan for the time that you are training with the club.

  • Blacked-out masks
  • Knee and elbow pads
  • Goal balls
  • Other training equipment

Club training and competitions

Our sessions cater for all abilities from beginner through to elite level. 

We train once a fortnight on Saturdays from 11am- 2pm at the Sutton Bonington sports centre. Each training session costs £3 and if you're travelling from the University Park campus, Hopper buses are available from East Drive.

We also compete in Goalball UK's national leagues, entering teams in the novice, intermediate and elite competitions. 

Click here for the 2022-23 Calendar
September - December 2022 
 Date Time Venue Level
17/09/22 10am -1pm Sutton Bonington Sports Centre Club training
01/10/22 10am - 1pm Sutton Bonington Sports Centre Club training (tbc)
15/10/22 10am - 1pm Sutton Bonington Sports Centre Club training
29/10/22 All Day RNC, Hereford Novices competition
12/11/22 10am - 12pm Sutton Bonington Sports Centre Club training
26/11/22 All Day EIS, Sheffield Intermediate competition
10/12/22 10am - 1pm Sutton Bonington Sports Centre Club training
January - April 2023 (Provisional)
 Date Time Venue Level
07/01/23 10am - 1pm Sutton Bonington Sports Centre Club training
14/01/23 All Day University of Worcester Novices competition
21/01/23 10am - 1pm Sutton Bonington Sports Centre Club training
04/02/23 10am - 1pm Sutton Bonington Sports Centre Club training
18/02/23 10am - 1pm Sutton Bonington Sports Centre Club training
25-26/02/23 All Day EIS Sheffield Intermediate competition
04/03/23 10am - 1pm Sutton Bonington Sports Centre Club training     
18/03/23 10am - 1pm Sutton Bonington Sports Centre Club training
25/03/23 All Day Manchester Intermediate competition
01/04/23 All Day York Novices competition

 

May - June 2023 (Provisional)
 Date Time Venue Level
06/05/23 10am - 1pm Sutton Bonington Sports Centre Club training 
20-21/05/23  All Day EIS, Sheffield Intermediate competition
03/06/23 10am - 1pm Sutton Bonington Sports Centre Club training
17/06/22 10am - 1pm Sutton Bonington Sports Centre Club training

 

 

 Additional Training Dates

We are also partnering up with the South Yorkshire Goalball Club for intermediate competitions and opening up both of our sessions to our respective players. Details of the South Yorkshire Training sessions, which take place at the English Institute of Sport from 5-7pm on a Wednesday, can be found below:

  • 14th September
  • 28th September
  • 26th October
  • 23rd November
  • 7th December

Please note that these sessions will cost £3 each. If you need support accessing the EIS, please email the Inclusive Sport Officer for help.

University of Nottingham Sport

David Ross Sports Village
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000
email: sport@nottingham.ac.uk