Welcome to your guide to “the beautiful game”.
Fun Stuff To Do
Watch this video of Ricardo Steinmetz Alves feeling the FIFA World Cup™ trophy. Ricardo lost his sight at the age of 6 but he refused to allow his blindness to stop him from chasing his dreams. With years of training and dedication Ricardo achieved his dream and joined the Brazil national Paralympics 5-a-side blind football team. In 2012 Ricardo lead his team to a London Paralympics gold medal! Borrow our Touch to See Football book to feel the trophy plus loads more tactile pictures.
Keep in touch with all the 2014 FIFA World Cup action via the BBC Sport website.
If you’d like to take up Blind Football then visit the Blind Football Association website for details of the game plus how to find your nearest club.
All national and local radio stations have coverage of sports’ events including football. Radio 5 Live is particularly good for in-depth football coverage.
Clive Gifford wrote the audio guides for our tactile and audio Footbal book, and has published many brilliant books containing masses of stats and facts about football. Check out Clive’s website for details of his books and tips on how to improve your own game.
Great Places To Visit
The National Football Museum, Manchester is THE place to go if you want to find out more about the beautiful game. It’s the world’s biggest museum dedicated to football so there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a die hard footie fan or would just like a great day out. Discover more about your favourite Club, see iconic photographs and memorabilia and have a go at their interactive Football Plus+ area where you can try out your skills. The Museum is fully accessible and assistance dogs are welcome.
Many stadiums offer tours – such as Emirates, home of Arsenal and Anfield, home of Liverpool FC. If you live in the North and are a Manchester United fan why not visit their museum. It offers a mixture of historical exhibits with state-of-the-art interactive displays. You can also take part in a tour of the famous Old Trafford ground.
The new Wembley Stadium was designed to be fully accessible. Take a tour of the world’s most famous stadium and follow in the footsteps of legends. You’ll also be able to explore historic treasures such as the 1966 World Cup crossbar!