Thousands of local athletes enjoy the sport of soccer every summer. A partnership between the Sudbury District Sport Club (SDSC) and the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) is hoping to attract a few more.
Five-a-side soccer (a.k.a. “blind soccer”) is an adapted version of ‘the beautiful game’ that is played at the Paralympic level by visually impaired athletes. The rules of 5-a-side are similar to the rules in able-bodied soccer, save a few distinct modifications: the ball makes noise when it moves; all players, aside from the goalkeeper, wear eye shades; the goalkeeper is fully sighted and also acts as a guide for players in his defensive zone; and, as the name suggest, the sport is played with five players per team.
Locally, folks interested in this adaptive sport meet once a week (every Wednesday), at Rotary Park in New Sudbury, learning the fundamentals of the sport. There are no specific age requirements to be involved, with the sport open to one and all.
For more information on 5-a-side blind soccer, please contact Jim Cress at 705-919-3125 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.