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London Marathon success
Apr 14, 2014, 3:42 pm

Congratulations to Louise Simpson (West Yorkshire Goalball Club) and Rojimon Cherian (Cambridge Goalball Club) who together with their guide runners both finished the London Marathon yesterday.

Louise was running for VICTA (http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LouiseSimpson6) and finished in 5 hours, 32 minutes and 27 seconds whilst Rojimon was running for British Blind Sport and Camsight (www.justgiving.com/Rojimon-and-Joe) and finished in 4 hours, 43 minutes and 49 seconds.

Venice Goalball Tournament Results
Apr 8, 2014, 10:42 am

Both our Women and Men teams have been competing internationally recently at the Venice Goalball Tournament. It was a tough competition for both teams but many positives to take away from Italy. Here are the results from both teams:

Men - finishing 8th

Slovenia 12 – Team England 6
Napaja 12 – Team England 2
Czech Republic 7 – Team England 2
Team England 4 – Italy 6

Women – finishing 6th

Great Britain 6 – Greece 3
Great Britain 2 – Sweden 6
Sergiev Posad 11 – Great Britain 1
Ukraine 8 – Great Britain 2
Great Britain 5 – Kultamussukat 7

Both teams will be competing in the Malmo Inter Cup in Sweden on 29th May - 1st June.

A full report of the Venice Goalball Tournament can be found by clicking here.

GB Women Performance Update
Mar 31, 2014, 10:44 am

Following the decision by UK Sport to stop our funding for our Women’s GB squad unfortunately we have to announce that Jackie Sheldon will no longer be performance director / head coach. We would like to thank Jackie for all her efforts while in post. We are presently looking at the whole GB Women’s programme going forward and an announcement will be made in the next few weeks.

Mike Reilly (CEO)

Goalball UK

Venice Tournament (March 21st - 22nd)
Mar 19, 2014, 4:02 pm

Good luck to our Men's and Women's teams who are competing in the annual Venice tournament this weekend.  

Playing for the Men's team are Dan Roper (RNC Hereford), Niall Graham (Nottingham), Adam and David Knott (both Winchester) whilst playing for the Women's team are Anna Tipton (Thames Valley), Sarah Leiter (Cambridge), Laura Perry (RNC Hereford), Emma Jones (York), Brittany Stead and Georgie Bullen (both Leicester).

Goalball Grows Regionally
Mar 19, 2014, 4:01 pm

Because of the great progress made in the last year on development of new and existing clubs we are for the first time in our history going to split our clubs geographically into 3 regions with Alex Bunney, Becky Ashworth, and Kathryn Fielding taking responsibility of an individual region. Please Click Here for the regional breakdown. Alex will be relocating to London in the next few weeks to open up our first ever base in the South. This really does illustrate the fantastic strides we are making in expanding our great sport and introducing new people to Goalball. We are rapidly expanding which is great news for a number of reasons not least total participation numbers.


RNC Host Regional Competition
Mar 11, 2014, 1:01 pm

On Sunday 9th March RNC Hereford hosted a club regionalised informal tournament. The aim of the day was to provide players the opportunity to play competitive Goalball which they did and there were some very competitive games. There were 9 teams in total, 5 Novice and 4 Intermediate teams and some players playing their first ever competitive Goalball. Players from Worcester, RNC, Winchester, and Beacon attended what was a great day due to large numbers attending. A special thank you to Aaron ford from RNC for organising, Dina Murdie for refereeing and all the volunteers and club coaches who attended the day. Congratulations to the winners on the day!Novice Winners: Beacon. Intermediate Winners: Worcester.

Yorkshire League 2013/14 - Round 2
Mar 7, 2014, 12:04 pm

The 2nd round of the 2013/14 Yorkshire League took place at Armley Leisure Centre in Leeds on Sunday 2nd March with 14 teams (from 6 different clubs) competing across all 3 levels of play.

South Yorkshire came out on top at Elite level whilst Scarborough dominated at both Intermediate and Novice level. The combined league tables (for round 1 and 2) can be found here.

A number of players helped out coaching and officiating - and discovered it's not as easy as it looks! 

UK Sport Funding Decision - Goalball UK Statement
Feb 28, 2014, 2:57 pm

We are very disappointed with the decision to stop funding our GB Women's team. In our review process with UK Sport we were given an overall Green Rag Rating. We have a new programme, a new Head Coach/PD, and were clearly demonstrating good progress in a number of areas. Our women just missed out on a medal in London 2012 and were the 2nd most successful competing GB Women team sport across both GB Olympic and Paralympics disciplines.  It hence seems questionable to pull funding now when we have a critical European Tournament in September this year where we could compete successfully and maintain a pathway to Rio. Both our Women's and Men (presently not funded ) relatively young squads can undoubtedly achieve success on the International stage not least in 2020."

Mike Reilly


Goalball UK

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