City of Melbourne launch the first B1 Blind Soccer facility in Australia
Multi-Purpose Facility also caters for Futsal & other sports
Football Federation Victoria, along with Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria, Acting Lord Mayor Arron Wood, Councillor Beverley Pinder and other City of Melbourne representatives were invited to attend the opening of the first B1 Blind Soccer facility at North Melbourne Recreation Reserve.
B1 blind soccer is played with an audible ball that makes a rattling noise to allow players to locate it by sound. The outfield players wear eye-shades to equal their sight, but the goalkeeper can be fully or partially sighted.
This multipurpose sports pitch was built to accommodate an exemplary B1 Blind Soccer pitch that will be used for Blind Football programs where blind or vision impaired people can play.
This facility will also accommodate the broader community as a multi sports pitch where futsal (soccer), netball and basketball can also be played.
The area represents a significant investment in local public sports and recreation infrastructure in area previously lacking in public sports and recreation facilities. It will enhance sports participation by people with vision impairment in Melbourne, across Victoria and nationally.
This year’s Blind Football National Training camp in May will be held at this facility.
Thank you to the City of Melbourne for investing in this facility to give Melbourne’s Blind Football program a place to call home and increase opportunities for people of all abilities to participating in sports.
FFV will continue to work with Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria to give people who are blind for vision impaired opportunities to participate in football.