Sport for blind and visually impaired people


Vision Sports Ireland

Vision Sports Ireland is the national governing body in Ireland for sporting activities for blind and visually impaired people. The organisation was founded in 1988 to encourage participation in sports by blind and visually impaired people at all levels. The organisation has an executive committee and a constitution that outlines the rules and guidelines under which the activities are undertaken. Funding for Vision Sports Ireland comes from Sport Ireland.

Sports are conducted at all levels (including elite). Each sport undertaken by the organisation has its own principal coordinator who is responsible for promoting and organising activities within that sport. In recent years, the organisation has significantly expanded the range of sports it has become involved in. See the FAQs for more information about Vision Sports Ireland.

Membership consists of people of all ages, backgrounds and sporting abilities (including the elite athletes). Sighted people can also become members of the organisation.

Volunteers, coaches, and guides

In addition to being participants in sports, sighted members often act as guides and volunteers. Volunteers, coaches and guides form an integral part of Vision Sports Ireland.


Anyone with a vision impairment can become a member of Vision Sports Ireland.


There is no membership fee.

How to apply

If you would like to become a member, you can sign up online.

If you would like to become a volunteer, you can apply online.

If you cannot apply online, you can ring them and they will do it over the phone – see where to apply below.

Where to apply

Vision Sports Ireland

45a Whitworth Road
Dublin 9

Tel: +353 01 4056030
Page edited: 13 February 2023