Is there audio description for sporting events?

Audio description is the service by which visual events are described in detail for a blind or partially sighted audience.

Commentary is provided at many of the professional football and rugby league clubs as well as some non-league. Information regarding facilities provided at each club, for home and away fans, is available from Level Playing Field.

In Northern Ireland, all international matches at Windsor Park are audio described. For a list of forthcoming matches and to purchase tickets, visit the Irish Football Association website.

RNIB's Soccer Sight project was instrumental in helping to set up many football clubs with an audio described commentary service.

Cricket spectators at Lord's Cricket Ground are able to follow every ball bowled and every boundary scored through the dedicated Ball by Ball commentary service at the ground. Lord's provides commentary on every international match, Middlesex county games, and the majority of minor fixtures at the ground.

Access Audio has designed equipment specifically for the purpose of broadcasting description to blind and partially sighted people attending public events. The RAD system offers a superb level of reception utilising radio signals.

If you prefer to experience sport at home, find out more about getting audio description for television.

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