Goalball UK, the National Governing Body for the Paralympic sport of goalball, has secured extra funding from UK Sport to support both GB (Great Britain) squads in their Paralympic preparations.
Today, Monday 13 February 2023, UK Sport confirmed an additional £4m of funding into summer Olympic and Paralympic sport as preparations gear up for the Paris 2024 Games.
The increased investment across 33 sports including goalball will support athletes in their preparations for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including allowing athletes to attend extra competitions that have been added to the international calendar and are essential to qualification for the Paris Games, in addition to training camps.
Goalball UK will use this uplift in funding to support GB Men in attending the IBSA Goalball European Championships 2023, delivering joint training camps, and employing a Medical Officer for the squads.
Mark Winder, CEO at Goalball UK said “We are proud of the progress we are making in our programme, which is now led by High Performance Lead Gary Fraser. The performance of both teams has been recognised and this is the continuation of a journey towards Paralympic qualification for both squads. I would like to thank UK Sport for recognising our progress, and continuing in supporting us as wells as Peter Harrison Foundation and Boost CT who are supporting the women’s team.”
Gary Fraser, High Performance Lead at Goalball UK said “Goalball in the UK is progressing, and we have a talented crop of players, coaches, and support staff all striving to deliver success on the World stage. Recent performances have been exceptional, and we are focussed on delivering a successful 2023 for the sport. This recognition and additional investment from UK Sport come at a pivotal time in the cycle and we are incredibly grateful.”
The uplift in funding is welcomed at a time when the cost-of-living crisis is affecting our players, venues, and programmes.