For over nine years the RNIB has been supporting and delivering activities and sport to local people with sight loss. The Community Access and Activity Leader, Annmarie Houston, is the driving force behind co-coordinating and supporting this group. Activities the group has been involved in included; line dancing, drumming, aerobics and swimming. Recently this group has been involved in an eight week programme to encourage participants to be active and take up sport regularly. The ‘Get Active Club Londonderry’ supported by Sport NI Active Clubs Programme via Disability Sport NI Active Club Co-ordinator Vicki Kennedy was initially formed for females to try exercises and meet on a weekly basis. This club was open for any females with sight loss from 18 years upwards. Fourteen females took part in this club.
The sports which this club availed of included; walking to and from the venue each day to take part in the nominated sport, Spin on stationary bicycles, Water Aerobics, Boxing and Aerobics. The club had two weeks of each activity and made contact with the coaches. Disability Sport NI trained up the 4 local boxing club coaches in Visual Awareness Training to ensure an efficient programme could take place. Annmarie Houston stated that;
Disability Sport NI helped focus the group and keep sport on the agenda. It helped motivate and keep the group informed on anything that was happening in the area. Disability Sport NI created opportunities and now there are links to mainstream clubs and coaches. This was achieved by introducing personnel, and having face to face meetings with clubs.’"
This club was a great chance for partnership working between RNIB and Disability Sport NI. Partnership working is made easier by joint co-ordination which ensures people participate in the programme. The partnership also paved the way for participants to become involved in mainstream sport. Annmarie Houston stated "It was such a win-win situation for both organisations and most of all for blind and partially sighted people themselves"