Vision Sports Ireland (VSI) is the National Governing Body for sport and leisure activities for vision impaired people in Ireland
From VSI Website http://www.visionsports.ie/
Vision Sports Ireland (VSI) is unique in that it is the only organisation is Ireland solely dedicated to promoting sport and recreation for vision impaired people. Indeed, we are the officially registered National Governing Body (NGB) for sport for vision impaired people in Ireland.
We are a not for profit organisation and registered charity, founded in 1988. To view a short video and get a feel of what we’re up to go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4euPFynDk0
VSI is affiliated to the International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) and are a partner with Paralympics Ireland. We also collaborate with other bodies involved in Disability Sports, including the Irish Wheelchair Association Sport section, Cerebral Palsy Sport, the FAI, Cycling Ireland, Athletics Ireland, Rowing Ireland, Swim Ireland etc. Indeed, we are happy to work with all NGBs, Sports Partnerships as well as all areas of the education and sports sectors in Ireland.
We are very closely associated with all organisations associated with the welfare and wellbeing of people with vision impairment in Ireland. We especially receive resource support from the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) and ChildVision. In the case of the NCBI they also provide additional financial support.
Overall responsibility for running Vision Sports Ireland rests with the Board of Directors, all of whom are volunteers. We currently employ one part time staff member who looks after our office.
VSI is funded principally by the Irish Sports Council. In order to meet our full financial needs we actively seek public support in fundraising ventures and adventures.
We cover almost every sport imaginable. What we don’t know, we’ll try to find out. In any year we support sport as vaired as athletics, Blind Football, Blind Golf, chess, 5-a-side futsal, rowing, swimming, tandem cycling, tenpin bowling, walking and water ski-ing, to name some. Our annual MayFest – a weekend of multi sport come and try and competiiton, is a must attend, and even participate in. Membership of Vision Sports Ireland – for a nominal fee – is required for participation in many events and where becoming involved in the decision making process.
Whatever you wish to know about sport and leisure associated with vision impairment we’re here to help you.