Are you a goalball player? Or have experience playing goalball? Then we need your help!

Researchers at Loughborough University are currently undertaking a research project looking to understand the relationship between vision and goalball performance. As part of this project, they are looking for goalball players to take part in their research who have vision across the visual spectrum, so those with a vision impairment as well as coaches/siblings/friends/players who are sighted are also welcome!

They are currently gauging interest and organising ‘pop-up’ data collection sessions across the country – so please get in touch with Anna Martin ( if you are interested!

Participation will consist of completing a collection of vision tests and three, on-court goalball tasks, lasting approximately 45 minutes. All results will remain anonymous and any personal information will only be accessible to members of the research team. There are four confirmed dates where people can take part:

  • Session 1: Tuesday 19th July, 10.30am – 4pm, at The Edge, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9JT
  • Session 2: Wednesday 20th July, 9am – 2.30pm, at the EIS, Coleridge Road, Sheffield, S9 5DA
  • Session 3: Saturday 30th July, 9am – 5pm, at The Factory Young People’s Centre, 5 Devon Way, Birmingham, B31 2TW
  • Session 4: Saturday 20th August, 9am – 5pm, at New Victory Hall, Loughborough University, Holywell Fitness Centre, Loughborough, LE11 3TU
Each participant attending will receive an amazon voucher. If there are multiple players coming from one area, we can also potentially cover the costs of a minibus. If you’re interested in participating or you’d like more information, please email Anna Martin ( who can share more details about the project and answer any questions.
Friends and family, coaches and supporters are welcome to participate too – we’re looking for people with vision from across the spectrum so we are more than happy for people to attend as groups.

If you can, please take the time to support this research, you can make a difference!

Loughborough University logo on the left, International Blind Sports Federation logo on the right. Underneath, wording that reads