Visually impaired people vs blindfolded people – a game of football

Visually impaired people vs blindfolded people – a game of football

Sport for people with disability

Visually impaired people vs blindfolded people - a game of football

Topic: Sport for people with disability
Location: Estonia
Request: Concept Note
Duration: 1 day
Typology: Championship
Brief Description: With the project we aim to get people awareness for the visually impaired people who still love doing sports. With the football game where all people can play football blindfolded they will experience the difficulties of visually impaired people.

Objectives

Our objective is to provide a new, and much needed outlet for people suffering from visual impairment in Estonia. The need for this consists of two parts: providing a new outlet for sports, teamwork and entertainment for people suffering from visual impairment, while also focusing on raising awareness on the subject matter.
While we found that at international level blind football has already been popularized and has a pretty strong base for it, our current outlets for sports in disabled people in Estonia is very limited, and the need for such activity is paramount. Thus our specific objective is to work with The Estonian Union for blind people, Tallinn Helen School and Football Club Tallinna Kalev on building a lasting co-operative event based structure.
As Estonia is a small country by its population, and that leaves our participation pool quite narrow, our plan heavily depends on those numbers. Our plan is that those events will very much rely on the participation of people, who currently are not visually impaired, but will get to experience the game from their standpoint.
Thus, our idea is to focus on raising awareness to the subject matter by hosting blind football to people and teams, who are not visually impaired, but will get to experience that through a blindfold. We believe that this technique will help us bring more focus on the subject matter, while also providing people with a very fun and new outlet for sports.
We propose on hosting a tournament based event, where teams of both disabled and blindfolded people will take part. That format will allow us to work with our previously mentioned partner on finding teams, while also building a new network of people. That, ultimately, will allow us to hold these events regularly, which in turn will popularize the event and assist us in our goal to raise awareness in the subject matter.

Impact

The impact on creating such event would be to create awareness that visually impaired people can and will practice sports. Because it also takes similar approach like learn-by-doing therefore it should make bigger impact on people. We hope this event will be something that people are interested participating more than 1 time.

Activities

A lot of football clubs are looking to get more people involved watching games live on stadium. Thus this blindfolded football can be quite interesting for people and may bring extra viewers to the game.
We do not think this is a very innovative sports but it definitely brings focus on people with disability.
Our plan is to hold a first event in summer or fall (depending on the Covid situation, of course), with the idea of hosting an event of 8 or 12 teams. Each team can have up to 10 players. The event will include a lot of cooperation from the Football Club Tallinna Kalev, and our idea is to build the event around one of their home games, as the club already has a fanbase and structure to boost the success of our event.

Typology of participants

The event will be for visually impaired people and people with normal sight. Visually impaired people will be contacted through The Estonian Union for blind people and Tallinn Helen School. Other participants are collected through Tallinn Kalev Football Club and their fans. Also information is shared through KALEV members.

Partners, if any

Thus our specific objective is to work with The Estonian Union for blind people, Tallinn Helen School and Football Club Tallinna Kalev on building a lasting co-operative event based structure. Also KALEV.

Requirements

Blindfold masks, football with the rattle inside, walled indoor/outdoor arena with football goals, players and referee.

Request for improvement

Creating such event and marketing it is something that should be done correctly (use of correct words). Because we do not have much experience (if any) working with people with disabilities, the partners and senior leaders definitely can help us with knowledge in that area. The needs of visually impaired people are different from what we are used to. Therefore help from leaders or partners is very welcome.