Sports & Recreation

Sight loss does not have to mean giving up sport.

Blind veteran in the Brighton swimming pool

At our centres we help veterans take part in sports that they may not even have thought possible, from running and cycling to rock climbing and surfing. For many, being active and enjoying sports helps build confidence and self-esteem.

We organise activities and events for running, swimming, cycling, walking, rock climbing, surfing, gym training, acoustic rifle shooting, tandem bike ride and anything else our members want to try.

We also help find local gyms and sports clubs to join and put together individual exercise programmes for veterans. We also have a selection of Blind Veterans UK clubs.

And we help veterans take part in special events, including Sports Activity Week, the London Marathon, the London Triathlon, the Marine Commando Challenge and many more sporting events.

Sporting successes

Iain's story
"I'd always dreamed of running the London Marathon but I never thought it was something I would be able to do, especially after losing my sight. Thanks to the sports team, I've now completed the London Marathon with Blind Veterans UK 11 times and I'm looking forward to number 12!"

Paul's story
Paul has been a member of Blind Veterans UK since he was blinded in Afghanistan in 2009. During his training visits, our instructors work out a training timetable with him and support him during sessions in the gym, swimming lessons, tandem bike rides and outdoor exercise classes.

"I really enjoy going to the centre in Brighton for sports training, because the activities I take part in are fun, varied and really help my fitness."

Steve's story
"Finishing the 60-mile bike ride gave me an enormous amount of satisfaction and pride. I didn't think I would ever be able to achieve this and I couldn't have done it without Blind Veterans UK. The effort and determination I had to put into training for this event reminded me of all the hard work I had to do for my green beret. It's given me the enthusiasm to continue trying new things."