The search is on for budding commentators at Hereford United!
'RNIB Soccer Sight' supported by The Youth Volunteering Charity "V", HBOS Foundation and The Football Foundation have teamed up with Hereford United FC to deliver a unique commentary service for blind and partially sighted football fans.
'Soccer Sight', is working with professional football clubs across the UK to help them make their facilities and services more accessible to blind and partially sighted fans. The project features a groundbreaking new commentary service using specially designed equipment that allows blind and partially sighted fans an opportunity to follow every kick of the game from anywhere within the stadium.
Eleanor Ellison, RNIB National Senior Development Officer said: "We are trying to improve access to football for thousands of blind and partially sighted fans by providing a quality descriptive match day commentary".
Bernie, a blind supporter said after having used the service for the first time: " Without it, it wouldn't have been any fun, getting cold, listening to the crowds and knowing very little else! It made it so easy for me to follow the game and far more of an individual personally satisfying experience. It also meant that on the way home, I could talk about the game with my children, an experience that I and they would have missed out on. Getting the atmosphere of the ground, together with the commentary made the day complete, I could have cried with the joy of it! Sounds soppy, but true! It made me feel very emotional"!
'Soccer Sight' are looking for more volunteer commentators to work at Hereford United and on Sunday 19th October 2008 a Commentary Training day is being organised by RNIB Soccer Sight in conjunction with the BBC. The course will last a full day and will take place at Pride Park, Derby County Football Club.
Interested in getting involved in Soccer Sight?
Contact: Kalle Hogh National Volunteer Development Officer; tel. 0790 8527476 or email firstname.lastname@example.org