Winchester Goalball Club Receives Donation from Winchester Rotary – 23 March 2024

Winchester Rotary President, Les Haswell, presented a cheque for £500 to Winchester Goalball club on Saturday, 23rd March 2024. Winchester Rotary has supported the club since its founding 11 years ago and continues to do so. This donation enabled their coach, Chris Stubbs, to take a team to the Malmo Open Tournament which is one of the biggest parasport events there is. The event was a huge success for the club, finishing in 5th place, out of 12, holding 1st place above the other 2 GB teams who competed. The team were complimented on their behaviour both on and off court and have since been invited to other European tournaments

Winchester Goalball club is friendly and fun, catering for blind, partially sighted and sighted boys, girls, men and women of all ages; it is one of the largest in the country. Our long term relationship with this vibrant club is largely due to the enthusiasm and commitment of Rotarian David Farthing.

Today he was warmly welcomed by trainers, club members and volunteers. We watched several games, at different skill levels. It was impossible not to admire the skill, determination and courage displayed by the young players. Fitness, flexibility, attentive hearing are all essential qualities needed to participate in this fast moving game.

David asked Freddy, one of the young players, what he liked about Goalball. This is what he said:

‘I really like Goalball because I think, compared to other sports, there is a bit more of a community. I think everybody speaks to each other, not just about the sport but about a lot of different things. It’s very friendly. It’s not an adaptation of a mainstream sport but made specifically for those who are visually impaired.’

Freddy has been playing for 7 years. There was a very noticeable
atmosphere of relaxed friendship and respect between coaches, players and volunteers.

An uplifting, brilliant afternoon. A visit to watch the games is thoroughly recommended. You will be assured of a warm welcome.

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Diana Brooks

Freddy, with Rotary logo on his sleeve

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