Saturday, February 23, 2008

Visually impaired children experience special activities

Visually impaired children have been reaching for new heights as they enjoyed birthday celebrations with a difference.

Sunderland Actionnaires – the sports club for visually impaired children and teens – marked its fourth birthday with a climbing session at Sunderland Marine Activities Centre.The group, part of Action for Blind Children, was the first of its kind in the North East.There are now 29 Actionnaires groups across the UK giving blind and partially-sighted children the chance to enjoy sport and make new friends.

Deputy sports manager Lesley Inganni said: "Visually impaired children don't necessarily get a chance to play sports at school so they can play here in a safe, fun environment."It's really good for their self-confidence. They do get a strong sense of friendship and self-esteem."Sunderland Actionnaires meets every Saturday at the Raich Carter Centre in Hendon.Its 15 members, aged up to 16, enjoy climbing, goal ball – a version of football played with "audio balls" – and swimming.To find out more or offer your services as a volunteer, contact deputy sports manager Lesley Inganni, tel. 0770 309 9354.


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