Aaron Ford

RNC (Royal National College for the Blind)

Aaron studied Sports Science and Education Studies at The University of Chester.

He has been working at RNC (Royal National College for the Blind) for nearly 10 years and has a strong passion for disability sport.

He was named Head Coach and Performance Manager of the GB Women’s Goalball Team in 2014. Since then he has successfully led them to victory at the 2016 European B games in Portugal where the unbeaten women’s team were awarded gold and are now promoted to the European A League where they will compete against the likes of Paralympic world champions Turkey.

Aaron has also built up a successful partnership between RNC and Sport England via their TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) which provides talented pathways into sport for students whilst following a recognised education and training programme. As a result of Aaron’s hard work with TASS students, he was pivotal in RNC officially be awarded TDS status (TASS Delivery Site) in 2016.

Alongside fitting in coaching the Women’s GB squad and Paralympic athletes, Aaron’s day job is as a Sports and PSD (Personal and Social Development) Teacher at RNC.

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The benefits of physical activity for people with visual impairment

The health benefits of sport and exercise are well known but amongst young people with disabilities, despite this many are left out from having the chance to participate. Aaron believes that sport should be inclusive for everyone; no matter what their level of ability. As well as an improvement in general fitness, Aaron has seen the transformation in students after just a couple of weeks playing sport. They make new friends, they gain confidence, they develop communication skills and they may just have some undiscovered talent. Everyone’s story is different, they may have had sight loss from birth or they may have acquired it later in life having played sport when sighted. Everyone’s ability is different and that’s why they should be able to compete at different levels, whether they want to take part in sport recreationally, domestically or push for Paralympic status.