Sports opportunities for visually impaired with iFit Suffolk taster sessions

Justin Ballantyne and Clare BUrman at the Goals Soccer Centre, where the iFit taster session for vis

Justin Ballantyne and Clare BUrman at the Goals Soccer Centre, where the iFit taster session for visually impaired sports will be held - Credit: Archant

A new project has been launched in Suffolk to help visually impaired people take part in sports.

The iFit Suffolk organisation was recently launched by Clare Burman, 35, and Justin Ballantyne, 31, after their experiences of sight deterioration.

As committed sports enthusiasts, the pair were keen to defy their sight-issues and help make opportunities available for others.

Clare said: “I was registered blind at 19, and we set up this organisation because there aren’t many sporting activities in the region for visually impaired people.”

The pair had worked as ambassadors for Sensing Change, and were keen to help make visual impairment less isolating for those who had it.

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Now, iFit will be holding a taster day for visually impaired people to have a go at a host of sports, including goalball, tennis, trampolining, jujitsu and football.

Miss Burman added: “We are getting a lot of interest – particularly from younger people.

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“The sessions will be a taster for people to trial them, and for us to see where the interest is.”

The taster event takes place at Goals Soccer Centre in Grimwade Street, Ipswich on Friday, September 4.

As well as having trials of established sports, stalls will also be open with details of a broader range of activities for the visually impaired, such as 4x4 off-roading.

Miss Burman added: “The long term aim is to get funding so that we can run regular sessions where the demand lies, and to work closely alongside mainstream providers, such as gyms and sports clubs, to help make their facilities and sessions more accessible for visually impaired people.”

The event is open for all ages and abilities.

For more information and to book a place, visit

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