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York St John deliver Goalball sessions in run up to 2012 Paralympics

Coaching staff from YSJ Active and York St John Inclusive Activity Club provided support to visually impaired athletes at the 2010 Goalball World Championships as teams competed in preparation for the 2012 London Paralympics.

Goalball is a fast-paced sport where two teams propel a ball across a marked rectangular court, each team attempting to roll it across the opponent's goal line while the other team attempts to prevent this from happening. The game is played with a bell ball made of hard rubber with holes in it, so players can hear the ball as it moves.

York St John staff and students delivered taster sessions to local schools at the event and then guided them to watch the competing athletes in action. Balls were rolled at speeds of 120kph, which thrilled the spectators and made for an exciting and tense competition.

John Gray, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator at YSJ Active said:
“This was an amazing event to witness and I am excited that YSJ Active is able to offer these experiences to our students.”

YSJ Active plan to start a club for this athletic, challenging and dynamic sport in autumn 2010. If you would like to find out more about joining the club, please contact YSJ Active on T: 01904 876300.

For further information please contact Amy Hall, PR & Communications Officer on T: 01904 876466 or E: a.hall@yorksj.ac.uk