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Coaching Blind and Partially Sighted People

Evolve your coaching: learn practical strategies and gain the confidence to help you include blind and partially sighted people in your sessions. Newly updated in 2023

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Overview

This eLearning course will increase your knowledge, confidence, and skills so that you can coach blind and partially sighted people effectively in your sports and activity sessions.

Through helpful tips, practical solutions, and vibrant videos*, this course will support you to grow your coaching by giving you the essential knowledge, ideas, and practical solutions that you can apply to enable blind and partially sighted people to take part in your sessions.

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You will not only gain an understanding of the challenges and barriers that blind and partially sighted people face when trying to take part in sport and physical activity, but also help you can support them to remove and overcome those barriers so that they can enjoy meaningful opportunities to try something new or take part in the activities and sports that they love.

Complete the course today to learn practical strategies for delivering welcoming and inclusive sessions that are suitable for blind and partially sighted people.

Updated in 2023

  • We've modernised the eLearning course and added a new voiceover and character, ‘Coach Alex’ to guide you through the material.
  • We've included new activities that will help you apply what you learn to your coaching environment.

*All videos come with downloadable manuscripts to illustrate them in further detail, and audio descriptions where possible.

In this course you will:

  • Gain a greater understanding of sight loss and eye conditions.
  • Explore practical solutions to barriers to participation and help meet individual needs.
  • Explore some of the safety considerations to ensure that you’re providing a fully accessible and inclusive environment for blind and partially sighted people.
  • Learn how to make adaptations to specific elements of session planning and delivery using the STEP Tool.
  • Understand how to communicate effectively and guide individuals.

Sport-Specific Module Options

There are two 'bolt-on' modules available for this course. 

Building on the core learning outcomes, they contain additional sport-specific information useful for people coaching tennis and swimming.

Lasting an hour and a half, this topical module will increase your knowledge and confidence to ensure that you can coach blind and partially sighted people effectively at your tennis sessions, supporting and empowering you to create great inclusive sessions where everyone taking part feels comfortable and can enjoy and benefit from the experience.

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Why is this module important?

This module has been created as part of the See Sport Differently Programme, a Sport England-funded initiative delivered by British Blind Sport and the RNIB. The programme aims to increase the number of blind and partially sighted people who are physically active in England.

Give feedback to shape the support we offer

At the end of the eLearning, you will find a feedback survey. The results of the survey will be used to ensure that our work continues to fulfil the needs of coaches and activity leaders to help provide inclusive activity for all.

Lasting an hour and a half, this topical module will increase your knowledge and confidence to ensure that you can coach blind and partially sighted people effectively at your swimming sessions, supporting and empowering you to create great inclusive sessions where everyone taking part feels comfortable and can enjoy and benefit from the experience.

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Why is this module important?

This module has been created as part of the See Sport Differently Programme, a Sport England-funded initiative delivered by British Blind Sport and the RNIB. The programme aims to increase the number of blind and partially sighted people who are physically active in England.

Give feedback to shape the support we offer

At the end of the eLearning, you will find a feedback survey. The results of the survey will be used to ensure that our work continues to fulfil the needs of coaches and activity leaders to help provide inclusive activity for all.

Full course details

  • This course is suitable for anyone looking to support blind and partially sighted people to take part in sport and physical activity.

  • This course is self-paced and lasts approximately 1 hour. You will be able to access it whenever you want, at a time that fits in with your lifestyle.

  • You have access to this course for 12 months from the point of enrolment.

  • Should you need any help with navigating through the course, our experienced advisors are on hand to offer any assistance.

  • This course works on desktop, tablets, and mobile phones.

    For the best experience, we recommend you complete it on a desktop using Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge as your browser.

    If you have sight loss, we have designed the course to work with screen readers:

    • HTML5: JAWS 16 and NVDA (latest version) with Google Chrome (latest version) and Firefox (latest version).

    Before accessing the course, please make sure you have turned on your screen reader software or the relevant browser settings that can assist users with sight loss.

    The course also has both mouse, keyboard and TAB function. For keyboard functions:

    • select TAB to progress through interactive components on screen
    • select Enter to select
    • left and right arrows will navigate to previous and next screens.
  • If you are an organisation and want to purchase this course for your learners, please get in touch.

What do other people think of this course?

  • Great introduction into how to be more inclusive for people with a visual impairment - time to put it into practice!
  • Really informative course that provides simple but useful detail about coaching visually impaired people.

  • Great course!

  • Brilliant course!

  • Excellent course. Very well presented and extremely interesting. Would definitely recommend.

     

  • Very insightful and knowledgeable course that has helped me greatly to better understand blind and visually impaired sport participation and coaching!

  • A well prepared and detail e-learning course that really gives confidence to the coach be able to work jointly with a visual impaired person to help achieve their goals.

  • A nice quick but very complete little course with valuable and useable content. Good downloads for reference and links for further information if needed or desired for development.