Monthly Archives: September 2017

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! 


Junior VI Football – 23 Sept!

Junior VI Football with Tottenham Hotspur
Barnet and Southgate College, Southgate Campus, High Street, Southgate, London, N14 6BS
11.00am. - 12.00 noon
23rd September 2017

Junior VI football Sessions with Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is delivering a Junior VI football programme until the 16th September 2017!

For 8-12 year olds, open to both boys and girls, for people who are blind or partially sighted

What will the sessions involve?
Dribbling, passing, shooting, communication, working as a team and fun mini games.

What do I Need?
Please bring a drink, the sessions are running indoors so do wear football trainers and sports clothing.

Final Date: Sept  16th  Time: 11.00 am- 12.00 noon
Venue: Barnet and Southgate College, Southgate Campus, High Street, Southgate, London, N14 6BS
Cost: Sessions are FREE to attend
Nearest Tube: Southgate (Piccadilly line, Zone 4). The Southgate Campus is approximately 5 minutes walk from the station
Bus: W6, W9,121,125, 298, 299 and 382

For further information and to confirm your attendance contact:
Peter Stone 07787504237 email:
or John Abel 07769708316 or email


Junior VI Football – 14 Oct