Does Vision Sports Ireland have any clubs in my area?
Vision Sports Ireland facilitates inclusive sport in your community so may not have a club in your area.
So, how can Vision Sports Ireland help me?
As the national governing body for sport for blind and vision impaired people in Ireland we have a range of expertise and connections in the Irish sports world. While each blind/vision impaired person may have different sport and leisure needs we are in the best position to advise and help you find activities and support you as you develop your interest.
Who runs Vision Sports Ireland?
Vision Sports is a subsidiary of the NCBI and has a Board of Directors which report to NCBI Group Board. In addition, two members of the NCBI Group Board sit on the Vision Sports while two Vision Sports members sit on the NCBI Group Board.
The Vision Sports Team (Executive and staff) consists of Aaron Mullaniff, Team Leader, Pádraig Healy (National Sports Development Manager), Joe Geraghty (National Development Advisor), Kristina Millar (Women in Sport Lead), Sarah Maloney (Operations and Communications Co-Ordinator) and Sara Mc Fadden (Sports Development Intern).
What core sports does Vision Sports actively facilitate?
Blind/Vision Impaired Tennis – Triathlon – Judo – Tandem Cycling – Athletics – Swimming – Golf – Football (including Futsal and B1 football – Walking
What about other sports?
We support all blind/vision impaired people in pursuing the sport of their choice. Outside of the core sports we also facilitate individuals pursing activities including Lawn Bowling, equestrian, GAA, Rugby, tenpin bowling, shooting, archery, yoga, rowing, sailing, water-skiing, wrestling, basketball, home exercise and much more.
Does Vision Sports Ireland cater for all levels of blindness?
Yes, we will look after you once you are either registered with NCBI or you are having difficulty performing your sport as a result of an eyesight issue. For elite competition you may wish to view our eyesight classification criteria which is set out at International Blind Federation level. See http://visionsports.ie/international-blind-sports-federation-ibsa-classification-for-athletes-with-visual-impairment/
How do I participate in sport during the current Coronavirus pandemic?
Vision Sports Ireland is guided by the Irish Government Return to Sport protocols as set out in Phase 3 which commenced on 29th June 2020. Should you require a guide or tandem pilot from outside your household you may avail of our Pass-Sport system which facilitates blind and vision impaired participants who may designate and register a guide. This allows for close contact during sport participation. We have a range of online programmes click here for more details.
How do I become a member?
Becoming a member of Vision Sports Ireland (VSI) has never been easier. At present there are three ways: sign up online by checking out the Membership section on our homepage. Otherwise, to get your membership form you can ring the office and request a form be posted out to you, in your choice of regular or large print or, you can request a form be sent to you by email. It is our intention to make all forms available on our website for download in the future.
Do I have to be blind/vision impaired to become a member?
No. Our membership is open to all people, no matter what their level of sight, and welcomes friends and families of visually impaired people to get involved with our organisation.
What age do I have to be to become a member?
There are no age limits to becoming a member.
How much does it cost?
The membership fees cover membership for a period of one year and as of 2020 break down into the following:
Senior member (18-65): €10
Junior member (Up to 18), unwaged, over 65: €5
Lifetime member Please contact the office for more information
How do I pay my membership fee?
Vision Sports Ireland will accept the following methods of payment for membership fees:
Postal money order
24-hour banking transfer
All can be made payable to Vision Sports Ireland. If you would like to pay by electronic transfer, please contact the office for our bank details.
What are the benefits of becoming a member?
There are many benefits of becoming a member including, but not limited to the following:
Access to all Vision Sports Ireland activities and events A right to vote at the Annual General Meeting Eligibility to receive funding toward travel for participation in your sport Access to qualified coaches when available A copy of the NCBI news sent to your address An opportunity (subject to qualification) to represent Ireland in international events An opportunity to meet other blind, visually impaired and partially sighted people An opportunity to get active while learning a new skill
Does membership include insurance cover?
Yes. All members are covered by Vision Sports Ireland insurance for sports included in our program. For more information, please contact the office.
Does Vision Sports Ireland have any volunteer opportunities?
Yes! VSI is always looking for dedicated and enthusiastic people to volunteer with us. There are many opportunities from Sports Coordinator, to the fundraiser. Contact the office for more details.