Friday 6th March 2015 saw The Albion Foundation’s blind football team complete leg 2 of the Tri Albion Challenge as they successfully visited all primary schools in Sandwell.
The group were guided by The Albion Foundation’s Disability Coaches throughout the week with blind team Captain Simon Hill leading the way from start to finish.
The team completed this monumental effort to help raise awareness of disability sport across the Black Country. The area currently has one of the highest percentage of disabled people in the country yet has one of the lowest percentages of disabled people participating in sport.
They are appealing for fans to donate just £3.00 to The Albion Foundation to help the charity continue their award winning work across Sandwell, Dudley and Worcester, that recently saw them voted the Community Project of the Year at the Black Country Sport & Physical Activity Awards.
Upon completion of the leg, Simon passed on the Baggies Baton to Blind Dave Heeley who will then take on the third, and most gruelling, leg of the Tri Albion Challenge. Dave will be taking part in the Marathon des Sables in April, which consists of a 150+ mile run across the Sahara Desert, carrying all of his provisions on his back!
The first leg was completed by a group of 17 cyclists including Club Legend Brendon Batson and Blind Dave himself, who successfully biked 156 miles from St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton to The Hawthorns over three days.