IBSA Games come to campus

Argentina Blind Women vs India Blind Women at 2023 IBSA World Games (credit Will Cheshire)

The 2023 International Blind Sport Federation (IBSA) Games are here!

The University is incredibly proud to be hosting the largest high-level international event for athletes with visual impairments, with more than 1,000 competitors from 70 nations.

Many sporting events will be on campus, including three paralympic sports.

See the full schedule of events

We are reminding staff:

  • When driving in or around campus, please be vigilant and drive carefully for the duration of the Games as we are welcoming a number of visually impaired visitors.
  • Grange Road remains closed for the duration of the Games, including the carpark.
  • South Gate car park is currently reserved for Games volunteers only.
  • Spectators are being directed towards the Northeast multi-story so this may be busier than usual during Games time.
  • Some IBSA venues require accreditation access, but campus remains open for all.

Keep your eye on the IBSA intranet pages for further information, including Campus access updates.

Walking around campus, you may have already spotted that Blind Football has kicked off for both the women's and men's side of the competition.

Scores from the Games can be found online to catch up. If you cannot make it to watch, there is a live stream on the IBSA website.

The opening ceremony kicks off on Friday 18 August at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Café Aroma in Staff House is the venue for chess and access is limited to participants and spectators. This event opens on Sunday 20 August and runs until Saturday 26 August.

In addition to the sporting events on campus, British Blind Sport (BBS) will be hosting an Activation Zone, where visitors can try out inclusive sports and learn how sport is adapted for people with sight loss.

The Activation Zone will be open Monday 21 August to Friday 25 August, 11:00 to 14:00, at Chancellor’s Court and will feature sporting activity taster sessions.

Finally, a reminder that many of the IBSA Games do not require a ticket and are FREE to attend. Simply come along!


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