Harry Bainbridge in his Goalball Academy shirt holding up a sign which reads

Each Thursday we want to put the spotlight on a person involved with goalball – from players, officials to coaches, or anyone!

This week we caught up with Harry Bainbridge!

What club do you play for or coach?

I play for Nottinghamshire Sheriffs.

How did you discover goalball?

Around five years ago, I attended a taster session which was organised by Sight Support Derbyshire and delivered by Goalball UK.

Harry Bainbridge stood in a Nottinghamshire Sheriffs group photo after a tournament with medals!

Is there a particular song, artist or genre that you listen to before a tournament to get in the mood? Or anything you’re loving at the moment?

There aren’t really any songs that I listen to especially before a match but at the moment I am enjoying listening to The Weeknd.

Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?

Before a game I usually just like to be warmed up and ready to play goalball.

A selfie with coach Hannah Webber and player Harry Bainbridge at a Goalball UK/Nottinghamshire Sheriffs joint event.

Do you have a favourite post-match meal?

My favourite meal is probably anything that includes pasta but usually on the way back from a tournament we stop at a service station and get things like Burger King.

Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?

I feel like a lot of people inspire me and help me improve as a player in my club and also on the #FindTheNext Goalball Academy.

Outside of goalball, what other hobbies/sports do you do?

I enjoy hiking in the countryside and meeting up with friends.

Selfie of Harry Bainbridge and his dad Ian Bainbridge in the countryside with trees in the background. It appears to be cold!!

Finally, what place, anywhere in the world, is on your bucket list to visit and why?

I would love to go to Italy as it seems like a nice place to be and it has really good weather. Iceland also sounds good since the landscape is so different to anywhere else I have been.

To check out the rest of the articles from our ‘Featured Thursday’ series please use the following link Goalball UK – Featured Thursday