Sport for blind and visually impaired people

Introduction

Vision Sports Ireland

Vision Sports Ireland is the national governing body in Ireland for sporting activities for blind and visually impaired people. The organisation was founded in 1988 to encourage the participation in sport by blind and visually impaired people at all levels. The organisation has an executive committee and a constitution that outlines the rules and guidelines under which the activities are undertaken. Funding for Vision Sports Ireland comes from the Sport Ireland.

Sports are conducted at all levels (including elite). Each sport undertaken by the organisation has its own principal co-ordinator who is responsible for promoting and organising activities within that sport. In recent years, the organisation has significantly expanded the range of sports it has become involved in. See the FAQ’s for more information about Vision Sports Ireland.

Membership consists of people of all ages, backgrounds and sporting ability (including elite athletes). Sighted people can also become members of the organisation.

Volunteers, coaches and guides

In addition to being participants in sport, sighted members frequently act as guides and volunteers. Volunteers, coaches and guides form an integral part of Vision Sports Ireland.

Rules

While anyone can become a member of Vision Sports Ireland, the majority of participants range in age from teenagers upwards.

Rates

Membership of Vision Sports Ireland for 1 year costs €10 for adults and €5 for children (payable on 1st January each year). Membership is considered on an individual basis and fees may be waived in certain cases.

How to apply

If you would like to become involved (as a volunteer, coach, guide, etc.), contact the organisation at the address below.

If you would like to become a member, you can apply online or email visionsports@ncbi.ie to request a form.

You can also telephone and they will post a form out to you – see where to apply below.

Where to apply

Vision Sports Ireland

NCBI
45a Whitworth Road
Dublin 9

Tel: +353 85 8500193
Page edited: 27 April 2021