The Primary Club are proud to sponsor the Birmingham Sports Club for the Visually Impaired (BSCVI) and have received the following reports regarding their highly successful 2014/5 seasons
BSCVI – Goalball
Goalball is a Paralympic sport for the visually impaired details of which can be found at Paralympic Goalball
Birmingham Goalball team has had a really successful season. The intermediate team won their regional league and finished 5th in the national finals held in Sheffield in June. Adam Young, an intermediate player, was crowned the top goal scorer for the all the Goalball UK leagues.
The novice team finished 5th in their regional league but this is a vast improvement over their last two tournaments and we look forward to them challenging for the title this coming season.
We have been having regular training sessions every other Saturday morning and have recruited a coach. We have a number of new players this year.
We have a number of people interested in playing for us next season when we hope to be even more competitive and start to look at a possible elite team in the following season.
The successful Goalball team collecting medals after winning a regional competition
BSCVI – Football
Birmingham Sports Club for the Visually Impaired (BSCVI) football team had an extremely successful 2014/15 season. Birmingham Sports won the British Blind Sport Partially Sighted Football League Division 1 with two games of the season remaining. This championship felt extra special as the season prior they narrowly lost out on the title by being defeated in an end of season thriller by London.
Birmingham Sports also won the PSFL Cup tournament held in Swindon in April, Birmingham won the group stage easily which would then set up a semi-final against London. In a game of many chances Birmingham came out winners to set up a cup final appearance against Royal National College for the Blind
In a nervy game for both teams that saw few chances, Birmingham just edged it 2-1 at the final whistle.
Club Chairperson Kurt Butler said:
“It has been a great season both on and off the pitch, we have won two titles with hard work and determination and everyone involved should feel a great sense pride for what they have achieved. Off the pitch Birmingham Sports were more than happy with the news that four of our players were selected for the England Partially Sighted Football Team which competed in the European Championships in December 2014.”
The four players that represented their country were, John McDougall, Josh Pugh, Tom Lamb and Paul McHugh – Paul also won the European Golden Boot Award for scoring the most goals in the tournament.
Birmingham Sports football team are looking forward to the forth coming 2015/16 season that kicks off in Swindon on September 19th. This tournament is an open cup event and will give us an insight as to where we are in our preparations for the league season which starts in October