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Hundreds of volunteers needed for Birmingham sporting event

A major sporting event taking place in Birmingham this summer will require hundreds of volunteers.

The International Blind Sport Federation (IBSA) World Games 2023 will be held in Birmingham and other regional venues such as Coventry, Warwick and Walsall from August 18-27 – it is the first time they have ever been held in the UK.

Around 1,250 blind and visually impaired athletes from 70 countries will compete in 10 sports at the IBSA World Games.

Three of the sports — men’s blind football, men’s and women’s goalball, and judo — are qualifiers for the 2024 Paralympic Games.

Other sports featured in the games include archery, chess, men’s and women’s cricket, powerlifting, bowling, tennis and showdown.

The World Games offers more than 400 volunteers the opportunity to do their part in what is expected to be the largest gathering of blind and partially sighted athletes ever brought to the UK.

Volunteers are needed at each venue to fill a range of positions from assisting with classification, assisting athletes in the World Games villages, creating content on the media and marketing team, as well as training and competition sessions, to ensure viewers have the best experience.

The World Games are predominantly held at venues in Birmingham, including the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston campus, but there are also venues further afield in Coventry, Warwick and Walsall, including the Coventry Building Society Arena and the University of Wolverhampton’s Walsall campus .

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