A cup competition to kick off the new season for the UK’s only Partially Sighted Football League was on the ball with a £1,000 grant from leading regional building society the West Brom.
The donation supported the Open Cup event for teams and individuals with visual impairments to try the sport as a taster or test themselves for the new season.
The league is organised by the charity British Blind Sport with monthly fixtures staged at the Birmingham Futsal Arena. Male and female players over the age of 16 take part in the indoor five-a-side games using a smaller brightly coloured football.
Alaina MacGregor, the charity’s Chief Executive, said: “The league gives people who are partially sighted the opportunity to compete and enjoy football. It promotes good health, brings people together and also aids confidence.
“We are really grateful for the West Brom’s help as we not only depend on volunteers, we also need funds for the cost of transport and pitch hire. The grant was used for our successful cup competition at the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford.”
The league games, which started last month in Birmingham, attract teams from all over the country and involve 70 to 90 participants. Each player is assessed on their visual impairment and supported so they can participate in regular games, helping them to reach their potential. There is a focus on social inclusion and helping those who might otherwise feel isolated with limited or no options to play their chosen sport.
The West Brom’s donation was made through the Mercian Community Trust, a partnership between the Society and the Diocese of Lichfield to support community groups and charitable causes in the region.