Brittany will embark on gruelling bike ride

Goalball player Brittany Stead from Cleckheaton will take part in a charity bike ride.
Goalball player Brittany Stead from Cleckheaton will take part in a charity bike ride.
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West Yorkshire Goalball players will be riding the 170 miles of the Way of the Roses this summer to raise money for their clubs.

With a surge in interest from visually impaired athletes around the country, Goalball UK is aiming to raise £5,000 to help support existing and fund new clubs.

Each player will ride tandem with a fully sighted team mate on the gruelling route.

The group, including Women’s GB squad member Brittany Stead from Cleckheaton set off from Morecombe on the August 3 and will pass through the Yorkshire Dales, Ripon and York before reaching the end of the four day challenge in Bridlington on August 6.

Goalball is currently the only Paralympic team sport designed specifically for visually impaired people.

Played with raised markings on the floor, blindfolds are used to ensure an even playing field as players locate the ball through sound.

The sport was originally developed to help with the rehabilitation of soldiers after WWII and has been enjoying a surge in support and participation.

In the past two years, the number of active clubs has soared from 18 to 30 across the country.

Mike Reilly, CEO of Goalball UK, who will be taking part in the challenge said: “It’s been an incredibly exciting few years for Goalball with involvement, both on and off the court reaching new heights.

“With more new clubs in the pipeline, and others growing rapidly, we need to make sure that we can support Goalball players old and new around the country.”

Brittany Stead added: “Everyone involved in Goalball is tremendously dedicated to the sport. We want as many people as possible to be playing which is what this fundraising is all about.

“We’re training hard and, despite the nerves, are very excited. It’s a beautiful route and we can’t wait to get on our bikes.”

To donate money to the team, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/GoalballUK-c2c.