Goalball UK Chair John Grosvenor said:
I am delighted to welcome you to Goalball UK’s annual report as Chair. Having recently extended my term as chair for a further four years, I know of the importance and breadth of Goalball UK’s work and take great pride in it.
Goalball UK’s work, ultimately, aims to be world leading in promoting and providing sporting opportunities for blind and partially sighted people and to make goalball a universally recognised sport in the U.K. Our enhanced team and new strategy are making great headway toward this goal.
Although I have been part of Goalball UK for several years, I am still in awe of the work we do. I am inspired by the members of our community who have learned to overcome barriers in their personal lives through playing goalball. I feel honoured to steer our Board and ensure that as many people as possible can get involved with our sport.
We have achieved so much in the four years up to 2022. The 2021-22 period is no exception.
Our highlights include:
- Developing relationships with Sport England and UK Sport and of course receiving funding from Sport England to give a base for the continued development of goalball in the UK.
- Seeing the GB teams advance and progress in international competition ahead of Paris 2024
- Seeing our staff team grow with the appointment of a new High-Performance Lead, Digital and Communications Lead and Fundraising Lead to complete the Senior Leadership Team
- Developing our events and outreach to provide more people with the opportunity to take part in goalball.
There have been challenges, of course. We need to strengthen the recruitment of coaches into the sport at all levels. Our community faces serious challenges, of which the cost-of-living crisis is by far the greatest. We are thankful to all our funders, partners, supporters, and volunteers in helping us navigate this together.
Despite these challenges, Goalball UK has an exciting period ahead and we should all look forward to continuing the positive work of our organisation.