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Blind football heads to the USA

  • Date: 18-04-2018
  • Related to: Football
Action shot Brazil vs Turkey at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.A major development initiative to introduce blind football to the United States of America will take place in the coming months. The IBSA Football Committee will partner with the United States Association of Blind Athletes to deliver a development camp to identify players and coaches interested in competing in the sport.

The camp will be held at the Maryland School for the Blind in Baltimore from June 25th to 29th.

This initiative aims to tap into growing interest in blind football in the USA and in North America in general, and it is open to participants from Canada also.

Coaches and athletes will be recruited from state schools for the blind and regional and national sports clubs from the USA and Canada, and athletes with B1, B2 and B3 classifications will be welcomed.
 
The camp will be split into two sections: a coaching clinic (aka “Train The Trainer”) and an athlete development camp. An experienced IBSA blind football coach will direct the camp, empowering the coaches in attendance to get hands-on experience with athletes on the field of play. The goal of the camp is to provide coaches with the necessary tools and knowledge to create blind football programs in their local communities, and for athletes to hone their fundamental skills for the game. The camp will also serve as an identification event for future national team selections.


Caption: an IBSA coach works with players in Denmark at a recent training weekend in Copenhagen.

The involvement of an IBSA blind football official will ensure that North American coaches and athletes will have the tools to grow the sport exponentially across the region. 

For more information or to sign up for the camp contact USABA Membership Manager Kevin Brousard at kbrousard@usaba.org.

 
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