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Succeed through sport, succeed through Team Insight

This really is a team building experience unlike any other, so take on the challenge.

Our aims

Team Insight aims to help strengthen working relationships, improve communication and break down barriers through our innovative team building days. We use the thrilling and unique Paralympic blind sport of Goalball which develops team work, communication and trust, all whilst being exciting to play. Alongside Goalball, we deliver many enjoyable activities , which take our participants out of their comfort zones and challenges them to work together. Team Insight can tailor these activities to the needs of every client as we can focus on specifics.

Our aims

Team Insight aims to help strengthen working relationships, improve communication and break down barriers through our innovative team building days. We use the thrilling and unique Paralympic blind sport of Goalball which develops team work, communication and trust, all whilst being exciting to play. Alongside Goalball, we deliver many enjoyable activities , which take our participants out of their comfort zones and challenges them to work together. Team Insight can tailor these activities to the needs of every client as we can focus on specifics.

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Hi I’m Georgie Bullen. I am a GB 2012 Paralympian and the director of Goaball for Business.
Goalball for Business brings the thrilling and unique sport of Goalball into the workplace as a team building experience.
We aim to help strengthen working relationships, improve communication and break down barriers.
It is a blind team sport in which all players are blindfolded so therefore rely on their other senses and their teammates in order to block and throw a heavy ball with bells in it in an attempt to score goals against their opposition.
Goalball is the perfect tool for any business as it develops teamwork, communication and trust.
The players are challenged to step out of their comfort zones and work together.
This is also a fantastic way of developing visual impairment awareness as not only are the players in the shoes of blind people when wearing the shades, but our clients are also able to interact with their visually impaired course leaders throughout the day.
All of our course leaders, myself included, have years of experience in the sport as well as years of representing Great Britain, so you can be sure you’re in safe hands.

A unique team building experience

Team Insight is different to many teambuilding experiences, as we not only deliver an exciting event, but we actually do strengthen and develop the key aspects that every company needs to succeed:

Communication:

By taking away the sense of sight, our exercises force people to step back and really consider the difference between how effectively they believe they communicate and how effectively they actually do. It is often interesting for participants to realise exactly how precise oral instructions have to be. Our method of ‘self-learning’ encourages our clients to work out for themselves how to best work together and quickly results in clear and concise communication.

Teamwork:

The blindfolded activities that we run throughout the day inspire the competitive nature of our participants and therefore develop their teamwork as in order to win each exercise they must work together, trust each other and communicate clearly. Teamwork is key in Goalball, without it, teams have no chance of beating their opponents.

Trust:

By taking our participants out of their comfort zones and challenging them to overcome the deprivation of one of their key senses, the sense of sight, trust is essential. They are put into a vulnerable situation and as they go through the exercises together their mutual trust will be hugely strengthened. All of these important skills that are worked on throughout the day are brought together ultimately to play games of Goalball where the participants will need to use them effectively in order to work successfully as a team.

Visual impairment awareness

Recent years have seen a growth in disability awareness and this has been particularly boosted by the excellent coverage of the 2012 London Paralympics. The general public tend to be more aware of how to relate to wheelchair users as well as a range of other disabilities. Sadly this does not extend to visual impairments and there is still a fundamental lack of understanding or awareness of the wide range of visual impairments.
Our team building days offer a unique way to provide visual impairment awareness training. Rather than imparting information in a passive manner we provide an active and exciting experience. By encouraging participants to run around, play games without using their sense of sight they gain insight as to the needs and perspective of a blind person.
The course leaders are open and frank about their own visual impairments and expect to chat openly with participants about their condition.

Participants will be offered to try out simulation spectacles during their tea and coffee breaks which simulate a range of different visual impairments and we find this always leads to fascinating discussions.

About Goalball

Goalball is a blind team sport in which all players are blindfolded, so therefore rely on their other senses and their teammates in order to block and throw a heavy ball with bells in it in an attempt to score goals against their opposition.
It is played on a volleyball sized court (9 metres by 18 metres) and it is a 3-aside game. There are tactile markings on the floor to help with orientation. From the point at which you block or get the ball, your team has 10 seconds to throw it back, so it is a fast paced game.

Goalball is not an adapted sport, it is a sport all unto its own, although it is designed for blind people, it can be played by fully sighted people without ANY alterations, as everyone wears blindfolds.
It is often described as ‘sports best kept secret’ as many people are unaware of it but once you play once, there’s a high chance of addiction.

FAQ’s

How long do the days last?
To get the most out of what we can offer you, we recommend our ‘full day’ experience, which unless different start times are requested, lasts from 9.15-3.30. Alternatively, we can offer a ‘half day’ experience which finishes at 1.30.

Where is it?

We have good relationships with local sport centres in Hertfordshire, so we recommend for companies near us, in areas such as Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and London to travel to these centres, however we are fully prepared to travel to those further afield.

Is it dangerous?

Goalball is a non-contact sport and there generally isn’t a huge risk of injury. We do our upmost to ensure that there is minimal danger to our clients by providing padded protection and carrying out risk assessments.

Can anybody get involved?

Goalball is an inclusive sport, people of all shapes, sizes and abilities can get involved. Also, if there are any potential clients who would have wheelchair users in their group, we can tailor the activites to their needs with advanced notice.

How many participants can be catered for?

We can cater comfortably for anywhere between 12-35 participants, however if you require more spaces on our events we can discuss the possibility.

Is there any accreditation from the course?

Team Insight awards certificates to every individual participant as well as to the company as a whole. The certificates are endorsed by the RNIB and therefore provide an accreditation for the active participation in visual impairment awareness training alongside participation in a team building day.

Contact Team Insight Limited

17 High Street
Shepreth
Royston
Herts
SG8 6PP
UK
Phone: 0771 842 5861
Email: info at team dash insight.co.uk

 

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