Pass-Sport: Guide System for Blind and Vision Impaired People to Return to Sport.

Vision Sports Ireland’s ‘Pass-Sport’ programme enables people who are blind and vision impaired to return to sport and physical activity. Pass-Sport has been approved under the Governments ‘The Path Ahead’ Reopening Society and Business and the return to Sport and physical activity.

The Pass-Sport programme registers anyone with a vision impairment and their guide/pilot/coach or volunteer from outside of their household, to enable travel to and from a sport or leisure facility and to participate in exercise, including walking, running, swimming, blind tennis, soccer, tandem cycling and any sporting activities.

Registration is only required when one to one contact for an extended period of time is required and supports potential contact tracing requirements in place by the HSE and Department of Health.

There are two registration processes available

Pass-Sport 1 Pilot/guide and participation registration – This is for a participant who requires a guide to engage in physical activity. For example tandem cycling, guide running or walking.

Pass-Sport 2 – Group Activity – Coach/Volunteer and participant registration. For example vision impaired tennis, blind football, summer camps.

Registration is only required when one to one contact for an extended period of time is required i.e a player who requires guide assistance for an extended period of time.

The coach should record themselves and the player on Pass-Sport 2. For regular sessions, one registration is required and the same registered pair should work together during each session.

If close contact is not necessary then registration is not required for Pass-Sport 1 or Pass-Sport 2.

please follow your sports NGB guidelines at all times.

It is understood that social distancing protocols and advice from the HSE/ Department of Health and Sport Ireland will be maintained where possible whilst participating under the Pass-Sport programme.

Pass-Sport is open to anyone with a vision impairment. 

For further details email

Vision Sports Ireland recommends ALL volunteers/guides and coaches complete the Sport Ireland Covid-19 Course.

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