The Sports and Wellness Department encourages our clients to participate in various recreational activities. Our clients participate in competitive yet fun sports, along with engaging table games, cricket and more.
The game of soccer continues to be a favourite pastime of all Africans. This is not in any way different for visually impaired or blind sportsmen or women. The five-a-side soccer team trains once a week and participates in exhibition matches.
Cricket for the blind has become an increasingly popular sport. LOFOB’s cricket team has been in existence since the late 90s with members competing in the Western Province Blind Cricket Association's League. Through the years, many of our clients have gone on to achieve their Provincial and National colours.
Another unique opportunity for sighted, blind and visually impaired people to partner each other while reaping the benefits of exercising together. The pilot and blind or visually impaired "stoker" share the workload equally while the pilot has the added responsibility of steering the cycle.
Exercise plays an important part in everyone’s life, this is no different for the blind and visually impaired. Our clients train 5 days a week during their lunch break. Being part of a social group of this kind plays an important part in the independence training of our clients.
As part of LOFOB’s adult independence training, games such as checkers, ludo and dominoes are encouraged to develop self-confidence in people who have recently gone blind. Games Day takes place every Friday.
Is a unique team sport where visually impaired, blind and sighted people can compete together.
The games are 20 minutes long and played with an audible ball. With a maximum of 6 players, the object of the game is for one team to roll the ball over the opponent’s goal line with a bowling action while the other team attempts to prevent this from happening.
Forms part of the recreational and therapeutic programme where we teach our young and adult clients to confidently swim. During summer, this activity takes place once a week.
We participate in the ARD Three Vlei Race that takes place every September. Our clients run with a sighted partner on the 10km trail. Our older clients participate in the 5km fun run.
LOFOB’s Wellness Program encourages participation in various forms of recreational and leisure time activities. The choir and drama department was established in 2008 and has created an opportunity for those who like to express themselves vocally to do so. More recently the music development programme was established and operates once a week. The programme is facilitated by Anzio Sauls from the Genesis Music Foundation.
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