Goalball UK has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Sport and will bid for investment to help the sports elite athletes go to the Tokyo 2020 games.
Tracey Crouch, the Minister for Sport, announced a £3million new Aspiration Fund on Friday 12 October. A limited number of qualifying sports, including goalball, can apply for up to £500,000 for team sports. This sits outside of the regular funding cycle.
Goalball, rated as a Band 4 sport* for the Tokyo 2020 cycle, does not currently receive any Government funding for its GB teams – meaning the national governing body must find other revenue streams in order to support elite athletes.
Mark Winder, CEO of Goalball UK, said: “A successful funding bid from Goalball UK would have a significant impact for the sport moving towards Tokyo 2020.
“The number of visually impaired people competing at the Games remains disproportionately low – with team sports notably absent with the exception of Blind Football. This is an exceptional opportunity to make competing at the highest level a realistic target for people with a visual impairment.