The Coventry Building Society Arena is set to stage goalball events at the IBSA World Games ©Getty Images

Coventry is set to serve as a host city alongside Birmingham for the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) World Games set to take place in Britain for the first time from August 18 to 27.

The Coventry Building Society Arena is due to host men's and women's goalball in its indoor facility.

"Over recent years, Coventry has been hosting more and more sporting events and we are delighted to be a host city for the IBSA World Games," said Coventry City Council director of business, investment and culture Andy Williams.

"From International Children's Games to the British Transplant Games, we have a strong track record of bringing these fantastic events to our inclusive city.  

"This is a unique opportunity to watch talented athletes compete in goalball and I look forward to seeing the event in action."

The Games are set to see an approximate 1,250 blind and partially sighted athletes from 70 countries competing in sports such as archery, chess, cricket, football, judo, powerlifting, ten pin bowling, tennis, and showdown.

The majority of sports are being held on the University of Birmingham's Edgbaston campus.

Goalball is one of 10 sports set to be contested at the IBSA World Games this August ©Goalball UK
Goalball is one of 10 sports set to be contested at the IBSA World Games this August ©Goalball UK

"The 2023 IBSA World Games will not only highlight to the world the talents of blind and partially sighted athletes, but is a golden opportunity to inspire other blind and partially sighted people to have a go at a sport too and reinforce that sport is accessible to everybody," said British Blind Sport chief executive Alaina MacGregor. 

"Goalball, like all the other sports, has a key role to play in helping us to achieve this, and we are delighted to be expanding the presence of the World Games beyond Birmingham by bringing goalball to Coventry."

This year's event is the seventh edition of the quadrennial IBSA World Games. 

It is heading to the West Midlands following a successful joint bid between British Blind Sport, Birmingham City Council, Sport Birmingham, UK Sport, and the University of Birmingham.

"We are delighted to have secured a location for goalball at the World Games that works well for this unique Paralympic sport," said Goalball UK chief executive Mark Winder.

"Our GB squads are already deep in preparation for the Games and what promises to be a fantastic showcase of High-Performance VI sport right here in the UK.

"We hope it will also springboard the sport into the area and would love to use the opportunity to grow the sport."