What is it?
Goalball is the only team Paralympic sport for Visually Impaired girls. It is an exciting sport that is played by two teams of three using a ball with bells inside. The ball is the size of a basketball but twice the weight. The object of the game is to throw the ball into the opposing team’s net, while defenders attempt to block it with their bodies. All players must wear eyeshades and the court has tactile lines to assist players with their orientation on court.
Why is it good for me?
- It develops your communication, team work and agility skills
- There is a big sense of community at clubs and tournaments that you can be a part of
- Improves fitness
How much does it cost?
Dependent on the club and coach, taster sessions are usually free to attend. If you play for a club you will often have to pay ‘subs’ for a year that will cover the court, official, and coaching costs. You may also have to buy kit.
What equipment do I need?
Clubs would usually provide basic starter equipment for you however the more you get involved in goalball the more likely you will buy you own equipment.
This tends to consist of:
- Knee and elbow pads
- Hip padding
- Chest protection