Monthly Archives: November 2016

National Tennis Centre – Vision Impaired Session – 24 Jan 2017!

Blind Tennis Session at the National Tennis Centre NTC 2016
Venue:
National Tennis Centre (NTC), 100 Priory Lane, London, SW15 5JQ
Time:
7.00pm - 8.30pm
Phone:
07961 267 942
Date:
24th January 2017
Cost:
£4 per session


Blind Tennis at the National Tennis Centre (NTC) 

Our tennis sessions are for blind and partially sighted people who want to learn a new skill, get active and have fun! Tennis is a great way to improve your physical and mental health and wellbeing – you don’t need to be a talented sports person to experience the benefits of tennis. The Vision Impaired game is adapted through the use of smaller courts, a lower net, tactile court lines and audible balls so you can hear it bounce.

If you have any questions or would like more information please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

For more information contact: Sam Perks
Email: sam.perks@tennisfoundation.org.uk  or Tel.   07961 267 942

Location: National Tennis Centre, 100 Priory Lane, Roehampton, London SW15 5JQ
Date: Fortnightly on a Tuesday
Time: 7pm – 8.30pm
How to book: No need to book – pay as you go (£4 per session)

Blind Tennis

Is often called Soundball Tennis and is played on either a badminton court or a standard tennis court using a junior tennis racket and an adapted sponge ball that makes a noise when it bounces. Balls can be either black or florescent yellow to give maximum contrast with the colour of the sports hall. Blind Tennis video link here

Want to know more about Blind Tennis?

You can watch a video of Odette , our Metro Tennis Sport lead being interviewed about Sound Ball Tennis at the link below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGOjB5ZVSj4

Latest VI Advisory Groups agreed  Blind Tennis Rule below

Download: the full VI Tennis Advisory Group Document below
Feedback Word document here

See rules for more info.

Read about the Metro Annual Tennis Tournament 2013 and a new players perspective by clicking on ‘Articles’ in the Quicklinks box on this page. For an umpire’s view of the 2012 Tournament, Visit: http://www.csp.org.uk/frontline/article/viewpoint-tennis-anyone

Watch a video on Metro the Tennis Foundation website of metro members playing at the National Tennis Centre

To read about Miyoshi Takei, the inventor of blind tennis, visit:http://www.hanno.jp/matsui/

Metro Member’s first Swimming Session at the Northolt Leisure Centre in Ealing!

 Northolt Leisure Centre and Pool

As by previous arrangement I was met at Northolt Leisure Centre Underground Station at 2pm by Ian and Fred.  We then walked the short distance to the leisure centre with Ian Francis giving me a very good description of the route so in the hope that something more regular might come up I would be able to get myself too and from without assistance.

Once at the leisure centre, I was introduced to Angela a volunteer who was taking the registration details and checking that all information they already had was correct.  Registration complete, Kara my guide dog stayed with Angela and I was then passed on to Chama another volunteer who assisted me to the changing room and then onto  the poolside where I was introduced to Carl who was in charge.

My coach for the session was decided, unfortunately, I can’t remember his name.  I had about 2 hours of 1 to 1 improving my breast stroke and learning front crawl which I had previously had 2 terms of trying to learn this but achieving nothing!

The instruction I received this time was brilliant which meant that I made a good improvement during the session.If any more sessions could be arranged that would be brilliant news.

Please pass on my thanks to all were involved in making it such an enjoyable day for me.

Also, It was nice to have a metro event over this side of London.

by Linda Gaitskell

Metro would like to thank  all those partners, volunteers, and coaches who helped make this possible. Without you, we couldn’t have delivered such a positive, friendly atmosphere for local people living with sight loss to try out and develop their swimming skills.  ASA and Ealing Swimming Club deserve a special mention for their role in the build-up and delivery on the day.

Not wanting to rest on our laurels we hope to bring you news in the near future of more Vision impaired swimming at this accessible venue.

In the meantime, please do get in touch with Fred Burley – Ealing Swimming Club Community Manager, Tel 07428 783509 or to register your interest contact Ian Francis – MBS Development Officer, Tel 07814 751643.

 

Change needed to improve opportunities for visually impaired women!

management training skills

original article on www.efds.co.uk

The new report titled Small Changes, Big Difference, is the first of its kind to explore how sport and physical activity affects the lives of visually impaired women. It looks in depth at their motivations and barriers to becoming more active, and the specific challenges visually impaired women can face when accessing sporting opportunities.

Sport England’s Active People Survey 10, 2016 confirms that 1.6 million fewer women than men currently take part in sport or physical activity once a week.

This gender participation gap is also true for visually impaired women. Only 9.3 per cent of women with a visual impairment are active once a week for 30 minutes or more, compared to 11.7 per cent of visually impaired men.

British Blind Sport and Women in Sport are keen to use this new insight and work in partnership with providers to help increase participation of visually impaired women in sport and physical activity.

The report sets out five clear recommendations for providers about how they can better engage with visually impaired women and encourage them to be more active. By making small changes to their service offers, providers can make a big difference to the lives of visually impaired women.

Five recommendations for sport and leisure providers are:

  1. Signpost in innovative ways – use a range of communications methods and platforms already being accessed by the visually impaired community and ensure sources of information are kept up to date.
  2. Small changes make a big difference – make small amendments to existing processes and offers. This will enable more visually impaired women to enjoy the benefits of being active. Be prepared to accommodate for additional needs.
  3. Don’t hide behind the rules – Engage in conversation with visually impaired women about their capabilities and potential risks involved. Provide training and resources for frontline staff so they can make accurate assessments of an individual’s abilities.
  4. Empower women to come back – Provide a positive first experience. A good induction programme or tour of the facilities can help visually impaired women overcome confidence issues and safety concerns, and encourage them to return.
  5. Take a personalised approach – Get to know your customers as individuals with different circumstances and lifestyles, rather than someone who is simply blind or partially sighted. Position activities to appeal to the core values of women.

Talking about the importance of this research,

Alaina MacGregor, Chief Executive of British Blind Sport said:

“To be able to understand how to help visually impaired women live more active and healthy lives, it’s imperative that firstly we understand their barriers and perceptions around sport and recreation.
“With this information to hand we can go on to provide practical advice and guidance.  British Blind Sport is delighted to have partnered with Women in Sport on this valuable research, which will enable us to assist a wide range of partners including national governing bodies of sport to make small changes that will make a big difference to lives of women that we support.”
Ruth Holdaway, Chief Executive of Women in Sport added:

“We know from our previous research – Understanding Women’s Lives – that by being better aligned with the values in women’s lives, sport providers will be better positioned to engage women and girls to take part. This research delves deeper into our understanding by focusing on this specific group of women.
“Through this new research we have learnt about the important similarities and differences in the barriers and motivators affecting visually impaired women when it comes to playing sport and being physically active.
“In many cases, we have learnt that small changes can make a big difference, so we hope that sport providers will now start making some of these small changes to have a big and positive impact for visually impaired women.”

Small Changes, Big Difference recommends easy to implement, insight-led changes for activity providers. These small changes can have a profound and positive impact of the lives of visually impaired women, empowering them to be more active and enjoy the benefits of sport.
To download and read Small Changes, Big Difference full report, please click here.
This report is also available in a plain Word version. Please email Francis Leng or call 0161 228 2868 if you would like a copy in this format.

 

FREEEE! Martial Art Sessions for Young People – 15 Dec!

Mixed Martial Arts
Venue:
60 Lough Rd, Ringcross Community Centre N7 8RH
Time:
6.15pm - 7.15pm
Phone:
07956 530 377
Date:
15th December 2016
Cost:
FREEEE!
Contact:


Mixed Martial Arts

For Able, Deaf and Disabled 12-25 years olds

Dates: From Thurs 13th Oct – Thurs 15th Dec 2016

Time:  6:15- 7:15pm.

Cost: FREE

Venue: 60 Lough Rd, Ringcross Community Centre N7 8RH

Metro would always advise to phone or email the event contacts to confirm there have been no last minute changes or cancellations.

Contact: text Stephen Riley  or call 07956 530 377

Website:  www.mmarap.co.uk 

Mixed Martial Arts for Reform And Progression (MMARAP)
Registered no. 7924783

 Follow us on Twitter @MMARAP

FREEEE! Martial Art Sessions for Young People – 1 Dec!

Mixed Martial Arts
Venue:
60 Lough Rd, Ringcross Community Centre N7 8RH
Time:
6.15pm - 7.15pm
Phone:
07956 530 377
Date:
01st December 2016
Cost:
FREEEE!
Contact:


Mixed Martial Arts

For Able, Deaf and Disabled 12-25 years olds

Dates: From Thurs 13th Oct – Thurs 15th Dec 2016

Time:  6:15- 7:15pm.

Cost: FREE

Venue: 60 Lough Rd, Ringcross Community Centre N7 8RH

Metro would always advise to phone or email the event contacts to confirm there have been no last minute changes or cancellations.

Contact: text Stephen Riley  or call 07956 530 377

Website:  www.mmarap.co.uk 

Mixed Martial Arts for Reform And Progression (MMARAP)
Registered no. 7924783

 Follow us on Twitter @MMARAP