Introduction to Officiating Course 

A group of international students volunteering at a tournament in Bristol
group photo of the volunteers who attended a recent goalball tournament

What is it? 

An online course to introduce the sport of goalball and the basics of officiating the game. The course supports the first step of the Goalball UK officiating pathway (link to pathway page) and on completion after attending a Goalball UK tournament you will become a Goalball UK Activator.  

By completing the course, you will feel prepared to goal judge and table officiate (with support from Goalball UK staff) at a Goalball UK tournament as you will have: 

  • Basic knowledge of the sport of goalball  
  • An understanding of the different officiating roles required to run a game 
  • A basic understanding of the rules and how they are applied within each officiating role
  • Greater awareness of people with a visual impairment 

What does it involve?  

The online course takes approximately one hour to complete within your own time. On completion of the online course you are required to attend a Goalball UK tournament or event to officiate (with support from Goalball UK staff) where you will receive your Goalball UK activator kit (t-shirt, bag, water bottle, pen and lanyard) and after your e-certificate. There are no pre-requisites or qualifications required to undertake the course.  

Who is it for?   

The course is a great starting point for anyone looking to get involved in a Paralympic sport, while making a  contribution the community. The course also supports those already involved in the sport that would like to take a more active role within their club or at Goalball UK tournaments. 

Everyone’s been really friendly and supportive at all the events so thank you!

Magda, Goalball UK Activator

Everyone’s been really friendly and supportive at all the events so thank you!

Magda, Goalball UK Activator

The course would suit;  

  • Clubs volunteers wanting to become more involved at their club or Goalball UK tournaments  
  • Family or friends of players wanting to help out and make a contribution to the sport  
  • General members of the public looking to get involved in a Paralympic sport   
  • Students looking to get involved a disability sport to make a contribution to the community while studying  

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How to book and costs    

f you have any questions about the course or the booking process, please contact Steve Cox at Steve.Cox@goalballuk.com or insert SC number 

 Individual (External) – £10 

To book your place please complete the booking form here. After completing the booking form Goalball UK will be in touch to arrange payment and provide your login to access to the course.  

 Individual (Affiliated Club Member) – £5 

To book your place please complete the booking form here. After completing the booking form Goalball UK will be in touch to arrange payment and provide your login to access to the course. Please note every affiliated club receives two free places per year as part of their Goalball UK affiliation. Please double check with your registered club regarding the allocation of their free places before booking.  

 Affiliated Club or Organisation (University, College, Volunteer group) 

If you are an affiliated club or organisation looking to book on behalf of a group of people, please contact Steve Cox at Steve.Cox@goalballuk.com or insert SC number to discuss your requirements.  

Visual Impairment Accessibility 

The course has been designed on an external platform that….not all the activities are suitable for. To provide reasonable adjustment all the content is also available in text only….need to check with KF what we say.  

Group photo of smiling activators on the table at a Goalball UK tournament
Dyfrigg and Mark table officiating at Goalball UK tournament