VI Tennis Championships 6-8 Oct!

National VI Tennis Championship 2017

National Vision Impaired Tennis Championships 2017!

The National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships are taking place from Friday 6 – Sunday 8 October at the Loughborough University Tennis Centre.  We have moved venues due to the rapid increase in the number of players playing VI tennis as well as some new developments in the tournament including a junior draw.

The players have been competing all year in the regional tournaments with another two due to take place before the Nationals.  We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help make this year’s tournament a great success!  The volunteers are a key part of this tournament’s success & last year helped in many ways including finding players before matches so they were ready to go on, helping players on

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help make this year’s tournament a great success! 

The volunteers are a key part of this tournament’s success & last year helped in many ways including finding players before matches so they were ready to go on, helping players on court by gathering balls, assisting B1 players, distributing packed lunches and gathering feedback towards the end of the tournament.

Lunch & a volunteer t-shirt will be provided. 

If you are free and would be willing to volunteer again this year please click here to complete the online form.  If you are only free for one day that is absolutely fine please complete the form accordingly.  If you have any trouble completing this form just let me know.  I will be in touch nearer the time to confirm arrangements.

Please feel free to ask any friends or family if they are interested in helping out too.  The more helpers we have the smoother the tournament will run.

Junior Visually Impaired Tennis Festival

We are also looking for volunteers for our Junior Visually Impaired Tennis Festival.  It is being held on Saturday 23 September at Loughborough University Tennis Centre.  We will require volunteers from 10.30am – 4 pm.  It’s main aim is to get more blind and partially sighted young people playing tennis.  If you are free to help us out please click here to complete the form.

Thank you & if you have any questions regarding the tournament or the festival please let me know.

Kirsty Thomson
Disability Tournament Director

084587 20522 D: +442084877068     M: +447432732202

Tennis Foundation, The National Tennis Centre, 100 Priory Lane, Roehampton, London, SW15 5JQ


Wendy Glasper – VI Tennis Star Selected to attend Women of the Year Awards!



Sports Psychology Session – ITC

Sports Psychology with Joe Lake

We have arranged for tennis coach Joe Lake to give a second sports psychology session following on from the first taster session earlier this year.

Joe has 10 years experience tennis coaching and is currently working at Highgate Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club. In 2015 he was selected and trained by Dr Steve Peters author of bestselling book ‘The Chimp Paradox’. Whilst working in his company he delivered workshops for the general public, tennis players and other athletes and worked 1:1 with people helping them get the best from themselves and others.


Date: Wed 20th September 2017  Time: 8.00 – 9.00pm
Venue: Islington Tennis Centre, Market Road, N7 9PL

The session will cover “Dealing with stress and emotion in tennis”. the outcomes will be;

  1. Identifying your stressful triggers
  2. Practical ways to manage stressful emotions
  3. Developing an action plan

This session is free of charge but places are limited.

To book a place or for more information please email Linda Almond on


Blind Tennis Session – Fri 29 Sept!

Share this Great Eye Health Video!

“Looking after your eyes is looking after your health!”

The West Midlands Local Eye Health Network has developed a video, with the support of Eye Health UK, to help people look after their eyes. Key messages include the importance of having regular eye tests, eating healthy foods and protecting your eyes from

Key messages include the importance of having regular eye tests, eating healthy foods and protecting your eyes from ultra-violet light.

The video is being launched today, just ahead of the start of National Eye Health Week on Monday 18 September, and is available above.

The Network would also like feedback on the video and how it is being used: please send this to

Dates for National Eye Health Week 2017

National Eye Health Week 2017

National Eye Health Week 2017

Eye Health UK today announced that National Eye Health Week (NEHW) 2017 will take place 18 – 24 September.

To find out whats on where!

Visit the website:

Building on the success of the 2016 campaign, which saw thousands of healthcare professionals, organisations and charities join forces to transform people’s attitudes and behaviour towards looking after their eyes, this year’s awareness week will once again focus on promoting mass participation from national and regional stakeholders.

David Cartwright, Chair of Eye Health UK, the charity responsible for running the Week, said: “We hope to encourage everyone with an interest in vision and eye health to come together this September to promote engaging eye health messages.”

David continues: “Over recent years we have seen how NEHW can connect with people and promote positive action. Last year 39 per cent of UK Adults said they recalled reading, seeing or hearing NEHW media and 87 per cent of these (over 16 million people) said it had encouraged them to take better care of their eye health. We plan to harness the momentum we have created to make an even bigger impact in 2017.”

There are lots of ways individuals and organisations can get involved in the Week, from joining the NEHW mailing list and using the free resources to share advice about the importance of regular sight tests and how healthy lifestyle choices can benefit vision to sponsoring an activity or becoming an official partner of the Week.

To join the NEHW mailing list or for information about sponsorship opportunities please email


Sailing – Blind Fleet Racing Worlds!

Sailing Update Blind Fleet Racing Worlds

 Update on World Blind Sailing Championships

Day 2

GBR pulled the curtains back to be met with fog, but the  B2, B3 headed down to the water in hope for racing.  But by 11 o’clock the fog was still thick which saw the racing postponed for the day.

Sailing boat moves out of clearing fog
Sailing boat moves out of clearing fog

The B1 teams are due to have their first warning signal at 14.00 but were held ashore with the thick fog.  But at 14.00 the call came from the race officer to get towed out. The B1’s all thought he was mad but by the time they hoisted sails it was clear and the light house was back in sight. First race started in 5 knots of wind and gradually tracked right as the subsequent races took place.

Three sailing boats very close together
Three sailing boats very close together

With 6 boats on the starts line all were fiercely fought and the team were being a little hunted down and struggled on two of starts to get to the line and were held out. They fought hard and came back into the race and managed to get a third and two fourths.

The racing was close and tight with a few incidents on the runs and leeward marks with collisions and protests being hailed. The final results of the days racing are all pending results of the protests.

 Day 3

Teams woke again to fog but the forecast showed it to lift early morning.  B1’s were up first with the race officer hoping to fit in 3-4 races.

The fog cleared and it was a day for all three fleets with champagne sailing with clear blue sky’s, slight rolling waves and winds building to around 12 knots by the end of the day.

B1’s had a solid day seeing them take a 2,2,1,3, without too many issues, having good boat speed and sailing the shifts, Lucy said “it is great to see Catherine take part in her first world championships coming off the water with a huge smile” it is also thanks to Marine Skills Academy and Gill for providing team GBR with kit, it is true to say it helps the team feel and look professional and gives an imposing presence.

B2 fleet again dominated the day seeing them take three wins out of three, but they had to fight for a good start with the USA hunting them down in all three pre-starts, but with good boat speed and great team work they were able to work their way through the fleet to take the wins.  The hard work prestart was helped by Optimum Time watches giving great timing to both the sighted and VI’s.  The sighted having clear screens and sounds, and the VI’s with sound and vibration right through to the gun.   

B3 teams again had good strong racing seeing the two GBR teams battle it out around the race track.  Both teams had strong boat speed against the two other countries, with Austen taking 3,1,2 and Cammidge with a 1,2,1. Both boats were aided by sure footing from Adidas footwear supporting them in the changing conditions.

Two sailing boat very close leaning into the wind
Two sailing boat very close leaning into the wind

 Overnight team GBR is sitting with an 11 point clear lead for the Squadron Cup after day 3 of racing, with 3 more days to go.

We also thank in addition to those sponsors mentioned above, all of our other sponsors, including Barton Marine for our radios which proved invaluable in both race and practice days.

Training Update for World Blind Sailing Championships and sponsorship challenge!