King Edward’s School, Birmingham will host powerlifting and some cricket events at the upcoming 2023 International Blind Sport Federation (IBSA) World Games. The IBSA World Games, the largest high-level international event for athletes with visual impairments, are due to take place from 18-27 August 2023 at various venues across Birmingham and the wider region – including the University of Birmingham.
Our outstanding facilities feature a 1st XI cricket ground and pavilion at Eastern Road and three junior pitches on the school playing fields, with practice facilities including a four-lane all weather net complex. The Andrew Brode Sports Centre, which officially opened in May 2019, provides a large sports hall, cardiovascular fitness room, multipurpose space and changing rooms.
Dr Katy Ricks, Chief Master of King Edward’s School, said: “At King Edward’s, we believe sports has the power to bring people together and break down barriers. That’s why we are delighted to be hosting the cricket and powerlifting events at the 2023 ISBA World Games this summer. We are excited to showcase our world-class facilities and welcome athletes and supporters from around the world to our school.”
The IBSA World Games – of which RNIB are lead sponsors – are set to attract more than 1,700 athletes and support staff, 136 international officials, and 400 volunteers from over 70 nations. In addition to cricket and powerlifting, the Games will feature eight other sports, including football, goalball, judo, showdown, archery, chess, tennis and ten pin bowling.
Alaina MacGregor, Chief Executive of British Blind Sport, added: “It is greatly uplifting to see the generosity of support and commitment to the 2023 IBSA World Games by the school, who have bought in to the University of Birmingham and the City staging this unique event for blind and partially sighted athletes. We are very grateful to have access to their quality facilities which are so close to the Athletes Games Village.”
For more information on the 2023 IBSA World Games, visit the official website at www.IBSAGames2023.co.uk.