Get Inspired: How to get into goalball

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Get Inspired with Goalball

How do I start?

Visit the Goalball UK website to find your nearest club or for information on other ways you can get involved, such as taster sessions, officiating and volunteering.

What is it?

  • Goalball is an indoor sport designed for people who are visually impaired, but open to anyone.
  • It's played by two teams of three and the aim is to roll a ball, which has bells in it, along the floor and across the opponent's line.
  • All players wear eyeshades so are blindfolded.
  • The goal is nine metres wide, so players use their whole body to stop the ball.

Is it for me?

  • Anyone can play! Although goalball is designed for people that are visually impaired, all players wear a blindfold meaning that the sport is inclusive and encourages everyone to give it a go. At the top level, in the Paralympics for example, you have to be blind or visually impaired to play.

What to expect when I start

  • Goalball is easy to pick up - all you need is an indoor court/gym, a ball that makes noise, eyeshades and six players.
  • Teamwork is a big part of goalball and it's fun and sociable - as an inclusive sport you'll make new friends.
  • You'll get quicker at rolling the ball - some of the GB athletes can throw the ball at over 70 miles per hour.

To get you in the mood ...

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Goal ball

Are you inspired to try goalball? Or maybe you are a keen enthusiast already? Get in touch and tell us your experience of the activity by tweeting us on @bbcgetinspired, visiting us on Facebook or email us on getinspired@bbc.co.uk.

All clubs need a chair, secretary and treasurer to help things run smoothly as well as officials, coaches and judges. Whatever role you're interested in, Join In has opportunities to volunteer in your area.