Walsall Campus hosts partially sighted football as part of IBSA World Games
The University of Wolverhampton is really pleased to welcome the International Blind Sports Federation IBSA World Games 2023 to its Walsall Campus - hosting games for the Partially Sighted Football teams from Wednesday 16 to Wednesday 23 August 2023.
Birmingham was selected as the host of the 2023 IBSA World Games, a multi-sport event for blind and partially sighted athletes.
The Games will be held at the University of Birmingham, across the Edgbaston area and wider region and are the largest high-level international event for athletes with visual impairments, with more than 1000 competitors from more than 70 nations.
The sports taking place during the event are Archery, Chess, Cricket, Blind Football, Partially Sighted Football, Women’s Football, Goalball (Male/Female), Judo, Powerlifting, Showdown, Ten Pin Bowling, and Tennis.
The IBSA World Games 2023 is forecast to attract over 1800 athletes and support staff, 252 international officials and 400 sighted and visually impaired volunteers.
It’s the first time the Games have been held in the UK.
The Games occur every four years and are organised by the International Blind Sports Federation. The first games took place in Madrid, Spain 1998, and have since taken place in Quebec (2003), Sao Paulo (2007), Antalya (2011), Seoul (2015), and Fort Wayne in USA (2019).
James Dale, Head of Sport and Physical Activity in the School of Sport at the University of Wolverhampton, said: "We are really pleased to welcome the IBSA World Games to Walsall Campus for the Partially Sighted Football matches.
"Our sports facilities are second to none and the Campus, this year alone, has hosted several competitions including the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Mens and Women's Championship and Trophy Futsal Finals and is home to British Judo.
"We're looking forward to welcoming spectators as well as athletes to Walsall."