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Goalball UK Annual Coaching Conference
Oct 15, 2014, 9:37 am

The Goalball UK Annual Coaching Conference was held in Birmingham over the weekend of October 11th and 12th.

Workshops were led by GB Head Coaches Aaron Ford and Faye Dale and covered a range of topics including Orientation and movement, Coaching from the bench and Throwing and defending a bounce shot. 

In total, 12 clubs were represented - Cambridge, Dorset, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, North East, Nottingham, RNC Hereford, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Winchester and York - so it was a great opportunity for coaches to network as well as learn new skills and drills and techniques and tactics. 


GB Women Update
Oct 3, 2014, 9:20 am

Unfortunately the Great Britain Women’s team failed to gain promotion in what was a tightly contested European B Championships in Hungary (24-28th September). In the group stages the team beat Belgium 4-1 and drew 3-3 against eventual silver medallists Sweden before narrowly losing their decisive group game to decide who made the semi-finals against Greece 2-1. The team finished on a high beating Belgium 5-1 in the 5/6th playoff.

 

Final Standings

1 Denmark (promoted)

2 Sweden (promoted)

3 Greece (promoted)

4 Hungary

5 Great Britain

6 Belgium

 


Disability Sport Yorkshire awards
Sep 17, 2014, 12:06 pm

The annual Disability Sport Yorkshire awards were held at Elland Road in Leeds on Friday 12th September and Goalball was well represented both in terms of nominations and attendees on the night.

 

Brittany Stead collected the Young Sportswoman of the Year award in recognition of her achievements over the past 18 months. Whilst at school, Brittany played goalball for Moor End, but she now trains just about every day of the week, with just about every goalball club in the county!

She started the 2012/13 season playing at Novice Level, before progressing to Intermediate Level, and then made her debut at Elite Level last season. 

Unfortunately a wrist injury and then an eye operation prevented her from playing for the final few months of the 2013/14 season but she continued to attend training sessions and tournaments to support her team mates.

In April 2013, she attended the Goalball UK Talent ID Day. Following this she was invited to a GB Women’s training camp and was then selected to play in an international tournament in Poland (June 2013). She has been a regular member of the squad ever since and has played in tournaments in Sweden (August 2013), Hungary (October 2013) and Italy (March 2014) as well as the European Championships in Turkey (November 2013).

Brittany is an excellent role model. In February 2013 she completed her Goalball School Leaders award and has since helped out at a variety of events including the Goalball UK Junior Talent Camp plus the Step in to Sport Conference at Newsome High School in Huddersfield that she attended as a Young Athlete Mentor. She has also been busy fundraising for the GB Women’s squad.


Another successful 'have a go' session
Sep 9, 2014, 9:35 am

By Judy Bannon - Dorset Blind Association (DBA)

GOALBALL ‘have a go’ session at Bournemouth University

The session on Saturday 6th September was very exciting. A large group of DBA members from Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth came along as well as a few visually impaired people new to DBA.

Alex and Andy from Goalball UK did all the hard work of setting up the goals and marking out the court and then ran some warm-up exercises. They introduced everyone to the basics of Goalball giving clear instructions and offering lots of encouragement.

Tom, coach from Winchester Goalball, together with Kate, an experienced player, also made the trip and supported us enthusiastically.

Everyone had several opportunities to take part in short games getting used to throwing the ball and themselves around the court.

Everyone enjoyed the experience including our volunteers who watched and cheered as goals were scored.

We are extremely keen to continue with Goalball coaching and the next session will be held commencing at 1pm on Saturday 4th October at Victoria School sports hall sports hall, Lindsay Road, Poole.

Goalball UK are supporting DBA to establish a team in Dorset with the aim of promoting the sport and expanding their competitive base in the south of England.

I would like to thank our members and volunteers as well as Goalball UK and Winchester Goalball for supporting the event and making it so successful.

Anyone who is interested in taking part in Goalball as a player or as a supporting volunteer please contact Judy on 07748 212009 or by email; judybannon@dorsetblind.org.uk or phone DBA on 01202 712865.

 

 


IBSA European B Championships Selection
Aug 28, 2014, 10:10 am

Goalball UK would like to congratulate the following players on being selected to represent Great Britain at the IBSA European B Championships, Hungary, 22-29thSeptember 2014.

Georgie Bullen (Leicester) 

Shamaila Kauser (Nottingham)

Sarah Leiter (Cambridge)

Andrea Logan (Glasgow)

Laura Perry (RNC Hereford)

Anna Tipton (Thames Valley)

We would like to wish the girls the best of luck! Go GB!

More information on how to follow the event live is coming soon! 


International Development Tournament 2014 Review
Aug 11, 2014, 3:19 pm

Last weekend (8th-10th August) saw 3 teams from Great Britain (Youth, Development & Women) compete in an international development tournament with Sweden Youth and Finland Youth. The tournament was held at The Point 4 facility at RNC Hereford. In the group stages GB Youth looked very strong winning 4 out 4 and completing mercy wins over Sweden and Finland Youth. GB Women recorded victories over Finland Youth (7- 4) and Sweden Youth (8 – 4). The GB development team looked strong in the group stage recoding victories over Sweden Youth (9-4) and GB Women (8-3) but went down in a very close game to Finland Youth (6-7). The Swedish team were unable to record a win in the group stages losing the final game (9-11) to Finland Youth. The Swedish competed strongly considering all their players were 16 & under.    

With the focus of the tournament developing players Sundays schedule was adjusted. The two semi-finals reflected the group standings with GB Youth v Finland Youth and GB Women v GB. Finland Youth put up a much stronger display than in the group stages but eventually lost (4-7) to GB Youth. GB Development beat the GB Women 10-2 to secure their place in the final. This meant Sweden would play Finland Youth in 4/5th Playoff. The game was high scoring similar to group stage and Finland again prevailed winning (15-12). The Final was a repeat of the tournament's opening game and the result was the same with the GB Youth winning (11-5) and completing the tournament winning all 6 games!

Final Standings

1. GB Youth

2. GB Development

3. GB Women

4. Finland Youth

5. Sweden Youth

Goalball UK would like to thank Sweden and Finland for coming to the UK to compete in the tournament that was played in great spirit! We would also like to thank the officials for their time and effort across the weekend, without them the event wouldn’t have been possible!

For full game results and goal scoring stats please click here

For pictures from the event please click here


International Tournament (8th - 10th August)
Aug 11, 2014, 3:15 pm

Great Britain will have 3 teams competing in a tournament against Finland Youth and Sweden Youth this weekend at RNC Hereford. 

GB Women: Georgie Bullen (Leicester), Emma Jones (York), Sarah Leiter (Cambridge), Andrea Logan (Glasgow), Laura Perry (RNC) and Anna Tipton (Thames Valley) 

GB Development: Dave Butler (Nottingham), Niall Graham (Nottingham), Phil Green (South Yorkshire) and Dan Roper (RNC)  

GB Youth: Sam Hoskin (Thames Valley), Adam Knott (Winchester), David Knott (Winchester) and David Scott (RNC). 

The opening game is at 4.30pm on Friday with the semi finals and final taking place on Sunday morning. Click Here for the fixtures.


Welcome to Great Britain!
Aug 6, 2014, 8:33 am

Cambridge Dons Goalball player Sarah Leiter has taken a giant step in fulfilling her dreams of playing Goalball for Great Britain at international level. Sarah currently studying at Cambridge University received her British Citizenship at a ceremony last week (picture below). We would like to thank Sarah for the commitment and effort she has gone to represent Great Britain! Sarah hopes to make the Women’s squad which competes in the European B Championships, September 22-29th in Hungary.


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