TNBFA OFFICIAL INAUGURATION PROGRAM 2020-Oct 20
The next event was the IBFF Nationals at Guwahati, which was scheduled to be held from 23-03-20 to 30-03-20 and was called off due to the Covid19 crisis. The TNBFA administration and Technical Director have been conducting regular motivational sessions and getting the players to understand the role of fitness in their game through focusing on cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, agility, flexibility and developing individual technical skills of Ball familiarity, Dribbling, Passing, Receiving and Shooting during the Covid19 lockdown through online sessions. The TNBFA is currently in the process of identifying futsal turf owners to support the growth of the game in Chennai. It is in the process of Identifying coaches, referees and futsal goalkeepers who would like to be involved in blind football and introducing them to the game. TNBFA is actively working with the district level coordinators to create their district setups and create a local ecosystem to develop the game. TNBFA will be pursuing a grassroots development philosophy to promote blind football at the school and college levels.
TNBFA OFFICIAL INAUGURATION PROGRAM
Meticulous footwork, accurate passing and the persistent rattling of the ball give Blind Soccer a hypnotic quality that makes it easy to forget that the players can't see what they're kicking. Nevertheless, the challenge remains! TNBFA which was formed in December 2019 will be holding its first demonstration and training sections for visually challenged persons to play the game of football. TNBFA has already been conducting training sections for the visually challenged players for the blind category for men and currently has also opened up its program for women and junior players. The first grand mix-gender Blind Football training section is to be held at the YMCA College of Physical Education, Nandanam on the 18th of October 2020 from 10 am to 3 pm. This was an introductory section for new players, coaches, and volunteers who are interested in supporting the growth of Blind Football in Tamil Nadu. TNBFA has a long-term vision plan of promoting Blind Football in the state of Tamil Nadu through blind schools and colleges that are supporting students who are visually challenged. The long-term plans of TNBFA include hosting the Nationals in 2023, holding an international tournament in Tamil Nadu in 2024, making sure that there is a representation of players from Tamil Nadu in the Indian national Blind Football team, creating junior tournaments for schools, and creating tournaments for college teams in this category of Blind Football. They eventually established themselves to win the Fourth position in the Men’s National Level and the Women’s team picked up the Runners Trophy in the Blind Football tournaments. TNBFA is also looking at creating a permanent facility in Chennai and looking out for partners to support them in this project and also to create centers in other parts of Tamil Nadu. This is the long-term synopsis of the TNBFA vision. If any of you would like to be involved in TNBFA activities please get in touch with the President of TNBFA Bharathiraja, or with the Vice President and Technical Director of TNBFA, Francis Sebastian.
TNBFA with the support of volunteering coaches started weekly training for the visually impaired boys and girls. At the end of each session, the players were provided with refreshments. These sessions used to take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday. TNBFA reached out to the visually impaired college students who took part in the practice sessions.