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International Youth Development Camp - Finland 2014
Jul 15, 2014, 10:45 am

A group of 5 selected young players and 2 coaches had the amazing opportunity to visit the IBSA Goalball World Championships in Finland (2-6th July) while also taking part in an International Youth Development Camp alongside the competition with Finland, Germany and South Korea.

The trip included training sessions Janice Dawson the former Canadian Women’s coach, competitive matches against the other nations and tickets to watch the World Championship medal games. The trip was a great success with both players and coaches learning lots from other nations and being inspired by watching the best players in the world compete on the biggest stage!  

Goalball UK would like to congratulate the players selected for their achievements: Sam Hoskin (Thames Valley) David Scott (RNC Hereford) Kali Holder (Winchester) Antonia Bunyan (York) Peter Doyle (Kirklees)

GB in Malmo
Jun 2, 2014, 3:38 pm

Both the Great Britain Men’s and Women’s squad were in Sweden last weekend (31/5/14 – 1/6/14) competing in the Malmo Lady & Men Intercup. The tournament was very strong with lots of teams involved preparing for the 2014 World Championships in July.

Men - Bronze Medal

Team: Naill Graham (Nottingham) Dan Roper (RNC Hereford) David Knott (Winchester) Adam Knott (Winchester)

Great Britain 7 – 7 Belgium

Denmark 1 – 11 Great Britain

Ukraine 9 – 5 Great Britain

Great Britain 3 – 10 Germany

Great Britain 10 – 3 Israel  

Congratulations to the squad on their bronze medal and a special mention for Adam Knott who finished 2nd highest goal scorer (23) in the competition.

Women - 7th Place

Team: Georgina Bullen (Leicester) Laura Perry (RNC Hereford) Anna Tipton (Thames Valley) Sarah Leiter (Cambridge)

Ukraine 4 – 0 Great Britain

Turkey 8 – 3 Great Britain

Great Britain 0 – 6 Finland

Great Britain 10 – 0 Belgium

Great Britain 6 – 5 Spain

Denmark 4 – 7 Great Britain (7/8 Playoff)

Well done to the team on a great tournament and a special mention for Anna Tipton who finished 5th highest goal scorer (11) in the competition.

To download the full results from the tournament and all goal scorers please click here

GB Women Update
Jun 2, 2014, 3:23 pm

I’m pleased to announce Aaron Ford as the new lead coach & programme manager for the Great Britain Women’s programme. Aaron has been in the set up over the last year and will now lead the team into a crucial period as we look forward to the IBSA European B Championships in Hungary 22-29th September.


Mike Reilly
Goalball UK

Goalball UK Marathon tournament
May 28, 2014, 2:50 pm

Is there a better way to spend a Bank Holiday weekend then staying awake for 24+ hours playing goalball?! Players and officials from around the country certainly didn't think so as they took part in Goalball UK's 1st ever Marathon tournament held at Joseph Rowntree School in York.

The 1st game took place at 2pm on Saturday and games continued all the way through the night until 2pm on Sunday! There was even time for some role reversal with players having a go at officiating and officials having a go at playing!

The eventual winners in Group A were '3 Tall 1 Small' made up of Adam Knott (Winchester), Sam Howie (Glasgow), Nathan Cooper (South Yorkshire) and Louise Simpson (West Yorkshire). They were also joined by Javed Mohammed (Kirklees) as a wild card player for the final.

Group B winners were 'Phoenix' made up of Meryl Parker (Scarborough), Ryan Wilcock (Nottingham), Laura Tambin (York) and Matt King (Winchester). 


Well done to everyone who took part and thanks to Costa Coffee, Vue Cinema, Tenpin Bowling and Bannatynes Health Club for donating raffle prizes, plus Tesco who helped keep everyone fuelled. 

Anyone fancy a 48 hour tournament in 2015?!

GB Cup 2014
May 13, 2014, 9:53 am

Last weekend (10th and 11th May) the Goalball UK GB Cup took place at The Lighthouse in Birmingham. This year we had 8 teams enter so they were split in to 2 groups - in Group 1 were Leicester, Winchester, Thames Valley and Kirklees and in Group 2 were Yorkshire, RNC Hereford, Nottingham and Glasgow. On day one all 12 group matches were played and there were lots of close games with many being decided by just 1 or 2 goals. The standout game was a re-run of last year’s final between Leicester and Winchester with Winchester coming out on top 11-9 so consequently winning Group 1.

The placing games took place on day two and after winning their semi-finals by the mercy rule, the stage was set for another match between Winchester and Leicester in the final. After losing their semi-finals, Nottingham and Glasgow played out for the final medal position. It was a close game with the score tied at 6-6 until the last minute when Glasgow scored two late goals to clinch bronze (winning 8-6). The final followed and Leicester made a strong start scoring early goals. Winchester chased the game but Leicester stayed strong and continued to score goals at crucial times, eventually winning by the mercy rule 17-7 late in the second half. Congratulations to Leicester Bulls on retaining the GB Cup!

Across the two days lots of goals were scored with Amir Afshari (Leicester) leading the way for the men with 40. Closely behind were Adam Knott (Winchester) and Phil Green (Yorkshire) with 33 each. For the women Laura Perry (RNC Hereford) top scored with 4 with Sarah Leiter (Thames Valley) in second place with 3.

Goalball UK would like to thank all the officials and volunteers that helped make the tournament a great success. All teams can be proud of their performances and once again congratulations to Leicester Bulls Goalball Club.

Final Standings:

1 Leicester

2 Winchester

3 Glasgow

4 Nottingham

5 Thames Valley

6 Kirklees

7 Yorkshire

8 RNC Hereford

For full game by game results please click here.

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

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