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THE LEAGUE OF FRIENDS OF THE BLIND IN COLLABORATION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL BLIND SPORTS FEDERATION (IBSA) AND THE INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE (IPC)

FUTSAL FOR THE BLIND WORKSHOP REPORT

REPORT PRESENTED TO: STAKEHOLDERS OF LOFOB’S WELLNESS SPORT AND RECREATION PROGRAMME

REPORT PRESENTED BY: ARMAND BAM

MANAGER WELLNESS PROGRAMME- SPORT AND RECREATION (LOFOB)

25-27 JANUARY 2008

CAPE TOWN

TERMS OF REFERENCE

With the clearly identified lack of resources and access to information with regards to Futsal for the blind and visually impaired in the Western Province and South Africa, LOFOB undertook to host the first Futsal Workshop in Southern Africa presented by Mr Carlos Campos, chairman of the Futsal subcommittee, for the International Blind Sports Federation. The purpose of the workshop was to offer a theoretical introduction and practical training to prospective coaches and players in the region to empower them to become knowledgeable and resourceful to ensure a positive first experience and strong foundation for new or prospective players.

 

The workshop was designed to focus on:

  • Providing participants with an understanding of the impact of blindness and visual impairments when training for Futsal. 
  • Providing the participants with knowledge of the rules of game.
  • Providing the participants with knowledge of training methods.
  • Providing participants with an understanding of the tactics used in Futsal.
  • Providing participants with an understanding of the physical requirements for athletes when competing in Futsal events.

The instructions from the LOFOB Executive Director was to:

  • Coordinate and liaise with the Mr Campos with to organise the workshop.
  • Compile a report expressing the impact of the workshop on the delegates
  • Draw conclusions based on the workshop.
  • Make recommendations for future workshops
  • Present the report to the Executive Director on the 30th of January 2008

SUMMARY

The report communicates the content and experiences of hosting the workshop and the intended impact that it had through exchanging knowledge and resources between The League of Friends of the Blind (LOFOB), The International Blind Sports Federation, and participants of the workshop. LOFOB has an established Wellness, Sport and Recreation programme geared towards creating opportunities for coaches and participants to be educated through hosting workshops of this kind. 

BACKGROUND TO WORKSHOP

The decision to host the workshop arose out of the discussion between the manager of LOFOB’s Wellness Programme, Armand Bam and the chairman of the Futsal subcommittee following a presentation on Futsal at the 4th IDP Africa Forum Nairobi 2007.

The need for the workshop stemmed from the identified need to involve blind and visually impaired persons more actively in structured sport, recreation and leisure time activities within South Africa. Mr Bam recognised the lack of knowledge and resources for Futsal in Africa and specifically South Africa and urged IBSA to come to South Africa to present a workshop. The request was met with enthusiasm from Mr Campos and he recognised the opportunity to be important with regards to the growth of the game in Africa.

The Executive Director of LOFOB believed that LOFOB could share their expertise and resources with participants to allow them to be able to transfer some of the practices to better manage their current programmes and the growth of the Futsal in the region.

PROCEDURE USED

The workshop took the form of two days of theory and one day of practical training.

 

OUTCOMES OF THE WORKSHOP

The programme was an opportunity to exchange knowledge and expertise with regards to sport and recreation activities and specifically Futsal for the blind and visually impaired. The following was achieved during the workshop:

  • Exchange of coaching techniques for Futsal
  • Viewing footage of other international Futsal teams
  • Practical experience of the game for players and coaches.
  • Futsal balls distributed to the three main teams representing sport for the blind in the Western Province

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

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TERMS OF REFERENCE    

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SUMMARY

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 

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GLOSSARY

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1. INTRODUCTION

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1.1 SUBJECT OF THE REPORT

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1.2 BACKGROUND TO THE WORKSHOP    

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1.3 LIMITATIONS AND SCOPE OF WORKSHOP 

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1.4 PLAN OF DEVELOPMENT

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2. DEMOGRAPHIC/ ORGANISATIONAL PROFILE

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3. METHODOLOGY OF THE WORKSHOP

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3.1 PREPARTICIPATION INVITATION   

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3.2 PROJECT OUTLINE     

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3.3 THEORETICAL INTERVENTION

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3.4 PRACTICAL INTERVENTION    

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3.5 CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE   

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4. THE RESULTS OF THE ACCESIBILITY PRACTICALS 

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5. CONCLUSIONS      

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6. RECOMMENDATIONS      

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7. MEDIA COVERAGE       

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GLOSSARY OF TERMS

The following terms have been extracted and highlighted for reference purposes.

LOFOB: The League of Friends of the Blind

IBSA: The International Blind Sports Federation

IPC: International Paralympic Committee

COC: City of Cape Town

INTRODUCTION

1.1  SUBJECT OF THE REPORT
This report relays the experiences, events and impact of the LOFOB- IBSA- IPC Futsal for the Blind workshop. It communicates an overview of the theoretical and practical components discussed during the workshop. Conclusions and recommendations with regards to the content and experiences of the workshop are included.

1.2  BACKGROUND TO THE WORKSHOP
Through the continuing development of the sport and recreation services at The League of Friends of the Blind (LOFOB) and the experiences of the clients that we serve we bear witness to the impact that sport, recreation and leisure time opportunities has on the social aspects of our clients lives.

As society improves through the inclusion of blind and visually impaired persons into “mainstream” activities, there still remains a level of disconnection between the blind individual or group and the sighted world.  These opportunities that we continue to create presents an ideal platform for fostering better relations and understanding amongst all persons, sighted and blind.

LOFOB’s Wellness, Sport and Recreation Programme compliments the Independence Development Services and Early Childhood Development Programme through providing a medium (sport & recreation) through which the blind adult and preschool child can share his/ her learned sporting/ recreation skills with their families, friends and society.

All individuals have an innate desire to belong, and therefore seek out opportunities to interact with other individuals or groups. Sport, recreation and leisure time activities provide an ideal platform to promote not only inclusion but to build an improved self-image of the individual.

The decision to host the workshop arose out of the discussion between the manager of LOFOB’s Wellness, Sport and Recreation Programme, Armand Bam and the IBSA Futsal subcommittee Chairman, Mr Carlos Campos following a presentation on Futsal at the 4th IDP Africa Forum Nairobi 2007.

As LOFOB continues to expand on its local programme it has received support from the City of Cape Town’s Sport and Recreation Department initiated through the provision of facilities and attendees to workshops on sporting activities for the blind. This is essential to empower their staff to facilitate sport and recreation opportunities for the blind and visually impaired within their community-based programmes. Delegates included representatives from The League of Friends of the Blind, Stellenbosch University (Maties/ Helderberg), Athlone School for the Blind, Oasis Street Soccer (NPO), Champions in Action (NPO) and 28 representatives from the City of Cape Town Sport and Recreation Department.

LOFOB’s local outreach programme continues to empower grass roots organisations and coaches to develop opportunities for all blind and visually impaired persons within their communities. LOFOB felt that this workshop would contribute to Africa by sharing international expertise and experience to local players and coaches offering participants an intimate view of Futsal for the Blind and allow them to transfer some of the practices to better manage their current programmes.

1.3  LIMITATIONS AND SCOPE OF WORKSHOP

The project was fully supported by the LOFOB executive committee who shared the vision of sharing the expertise and available resources with other organisations serving the blind and visually impaired. Mr Carlos Campos conducted the workshop with the assistance of a Spanish interpreter. Participants were expected to participate in the theoretical sessions as well as actively participate in the practical sessions. The theoretical sessions took place at LOFOB’s head quarters, while practical session took place in the parking area of Ottery Hyper Market Shopping Centre.

The theoretical components were covered thoroughly and included topics of sports governing bodies, sight classification, types of visual impairments, Futsal for B2/ B3- coaching techniques, Futsal for B1- coaching techniques and modifications to the game, the role of the guides, tactics, technical skills, orientation and fitness training with questions and discussions from the floor. Delegates were asked to refer to the notes where sections were moved through speedily due to time constraints. Video footage of international games as well as training sessions were played.

The notes presented were those compiled by the presenter and each delegate received a copy. The notes are meant to be a guide rather than prescriptive in any manner.  The programme took place from 25 January to 27 January 2008.

1.4  PLAN OF DEVELOPMENT
The report starts with a description of the methodology of the workshop. A demographic/ organisational profile of the participants is highlighted before commentary on the results of individual aspects of the workshop is delivered. The conclusions are drawn from certain aspects of the programme. Recommendations are then based on the conclusions.

2. DEMOGRAPHIC/ ORGANISATIONAL PROFILE

The International Blind Sport Federation (IBSA) is the highest recognised sporting body representing the sporting interest of blind and visually impaired persons internationally. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is an international non-profit organisation of elite sports for athletes with disabilities it’s mission is “To Enable Paralympic Athletes to Achieve Sporting Excellence and Inspire and Excite the World.” The membership of the IPC is made up of representatives from 162 National Paralympic Committees, four Interational Organizations of Sport for the Disabled, five Regional Organizations, and six International Sports Federations.

The League of Friends of the Blind (LOFOB) is a registered welfare and fundraising organisation, and registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) and Public-Benefit Organisation (PBO). LOFOB provides a wide range of independence development services to blind and visually impaired adults and children. The three main service areas are Independence Development Services, Early Childhood Development and Wellness- Sport and Recreation. 11 representatives that included blind and partially sighted players, LOFOB management and LOFOB volunteers attended the workshop

University of Stellenbosch (Maties/ Helderberg) was represented by one delegate currently involved in specifically promoting sport for blind and visually impaired athletes at the newly formed disability sports wing of the club.

Athlone School for the Blind was represented by three coaches who are actively involved with the coaching of blind and visually impaired children that attend the school.

Oasis Soccer Club was represented by two coaches who primarily work with street children and adults through the community outreach programme that Oasis runs.

Champions in Action (CIA), is a newly formed NPO and was represented by one delegate. CIA primarily deals with community sports development in the Delft area of Cape Town.

28 representatives from the City of Cape Town Sport and Recreation Department attended the workshop. These representatives work for the council, some as volunteers and are actively involved in the implementation of the grass roots programmes that the city provides at its recreation facilities. The City of Cape Town Sport and Recreation Department is in many cases the first point of contact for recreational opportunities for individuals. The City is currently embarking on expanding its involvement with sports for the disabled through many other initiatives.

Mr Carlos Campos Chairman of the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Football Sub-Committee and Five-a-Side Football Technical Director of the Spanish Sports Federation for the Blind. He has been the leading influence in the development of Futsal in Spain since 1988.

Armand Bam, the Manager of the Wellness Programme- Sports and Recreation of the League of Friends of the Blind, Cape Town, South Africa, coordinated the workshop. He is a sports science graduate (University of Stellenbosch), holding an honours degree specialising in Biokinetics (Sports Science and Rehabilitation). His undergraduate specialisation was in sports for the disabled. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Practice from the University of Cape Town, Graduate School of business as well as a project management diploma. He is also a certified sport speed development and rugby coach. Armand is a member of the institute of Directors (IOD) and a registered member of the Health professionals Council of South Africa as a biokineticist.

3. METHODOLOGY OF THE WORKSHOP

3.1  PREPARTICIPATION INVITATION
Each organisation was asked to forward the details of the participants to the Manager of the Wellness Programme prior to the start of the workshop. Due to the late confirmation of the flight details of the international delegates, invitations to local delegates were sent at short notice.

3.2  PROGRAMME OUTLINE
The workshop was run over 3 days from the 25-27 January. The workshop focused on the adaptation of Futsal for the blind, sport specific training methods, and skill development for the visually impaired and blind players, coaches and volunteers.

3.3 THEORETICAL INTERVENTION
As Mr Campos home language is Spanish, LOFOB had to secure the services of a Spanish-English interpreter. Mr Ramon and Ms Claudia Levy provided the service over all three days.

The workshop presented covered the following aspects:

  • Governing bodies for blind futsal
  • Sight Classification
  • Types of Visual Impairment
  • Futsal for B2/B3
  • Coaching B2/B3
  • Futsal for B1
  • B1 Futsal Modifications
  • Guides Role
  • Technical Skills
  • Tactics
  • The Blind Child and Blind Futsal
  • Grassroots Blind Futsal
  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Fitness Training

3.4  PRACTICAL INTERVENTION
The practical session took place in the Ottery Hypermarket parking lot. The coaches and players were introduced to a number of coaching drills and techniques to assist with future coaching of athletes. Coaches were required to be blind folded to experience the effect of not being able to see. Coaches were also given the opportunity to work with blind players and teach them the necessary skills. The session was rounded off with an opportunity for sighted players to play against the blind players.

3.5 CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE
All participants who attended the three sessions received a certificate of attendance, presented by Mr Campos and Mr A Bam at the conclusion of the practical session.

4. THE RESULTS OF THE WORKSHOP

The workshop has given both players and prospective coaches a clear idea of the intricacies and nuances of the game of blind Futsal. Coaches will be able to start with basic coaching of blind Futsal players in the region. Since the conclusion of the workshop and media coverage, LOFOB has received a request from the Limpopo Province to present a similar workshop to introduce Futsal to the region.

5. CONCLUSIONS

The conclusions are based on the workshop as a whole and discussions around development of blind Futsal in South Africa. The workshop clearly showed that a vast gap that exists in terms of the knowledge and access to expertise between African countries and Europe, Asia and South America. The following points have been highlighted:

  • The blind futsal infrastructure is not well established in South Africa.
  • IBSA is willing to promote the sport within Africa.
  • No regular futsal competitions are currently held in South Africa and Africa.
  • The lack of infrastructure development could be attributed to the lack of sufficient knowledge and resources to support the growth of the game.
  • Insufficient support from disabled sport governing bodies in terms of promoting blind sports continues.
  • The practical demonstrations offered at the workshop will assist with the development of Futsal locally.
  • Partnerships with stakeholders locally will ensure the growth of the game through the Western Province Region.

6. RECOMMENDATIONS

The following recommendations were based on the conclusions drawn:

  • LOFOB facilitate further workshops to coaches and players in other regions.
  • Regular local futsal league and competitions should be created to ensure growth in participation.
  • Building on the resource base (equipment) should be a main focus during planning for the leagues and competitions.
  • LOFOB will further explore the relationship with the City of Cape Town to assist the recreation officers to implement Futsal in their districts.

7. MEDIA COVERAGE

Radio CCFM hosted Mr Campos, Mr A Bam and Mr Ramon on Friday 25 January to inform communities of the event that was to take place.

The SABC covered the practical session of the workshop on Sunday 27 January. The event was covered both as a radio interview with Mr Philip Bam, Executive Director of LOFOB as well as a television news broadcast on the SABC news and SABC Africa on Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 January.

Written articles included the local newspaper, The Peoples Post reporting on the event.

 

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