Monthly Archives: August 2018

Go Outrigger Canoeing!

Go Outrigger Canoeing on the 16 Sept!


An outrigger canoe is Polynesian in origin.  It is a stable six-person boat that is paddled on both sides.

We will be running a session for beginners with visual impairments on 16th September at 10.15am.  If you want to bring a friend or someone to accompany you they are very welcome.   The session will last about 60 mins.

 WHERE:   Royal Outrigger Canoe Club, Trowlock Way, Teddington TW11 9QY

 WHEN:  Sunday September 16th at 10.15am

What you need to know

  • You must be able to swim a minimum of 25 yards and must be over 18 years of age.
  • No special clothing is required.  We recommend you wear running or sportswear (not jeans) with a pair of light trainers or water shoes.  A waterproof top such as a cagoule is ideal in case of wet weather. You will also need a towel and a complete change of clothing for afterwards.
  • The club will provide canoes, paddles and buoyancy aids.

It is essential that you book a place on the course so that we can ensure we accommodate your needs.  Bookings will be on a “first come first served” basis.

To book on the course please contact



Novice to Number 4 in 2 Years!

Novice to one of the best in 2 Years Naqi Rizvi

VI tennis player Naqi Rizvi at Globe Tennis Club in Belsize Park. Photos by Siorna Ashby

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A blind tennis player has made amazing progress from beginner to one of the best in the world – in the space of two years.

VI tennis player Naqi Rizvi at Globe Tennis Club in Belsize Park. Picture Siorna Ashby
VI tennis player Naqi Rizvi at Globe Tennis Club in Belsize Park.
returning a low ball Picture Siorna Ashby

Naqi Rizvi, 27, of Belsize Park Road, reached the semi-finals of the International Blind Tennis Association tournament in Dublin last month.

He only started playing VI (visually impaired) tennis in January 2016.

Naqi told the Ham and High: “I never expected, in my wildest dreams, that I would be number four in the world. It was amazing.”

Naqi trains at Globe Tennis Club, in Haverstock Hill. It’s here where he has been able to progress since joining in November last year.

He explains: “I did VI sessions at Islington Tennis Club but that was only once a month.

“I was really, really keen to get more practice and thought I’d give it a go at Globe. Rob Deane, who’s in the committee, was very welcoming and arranged for volunteers to play with me.”

The club now puts on fortnightly VI sessions, and Naqi is able to practise at least once a week.

He continues: “Being able to practise weekly is a massive help. I can now work on the things I want to work on and get to meet new people.”

VI tennis player Naqi Rizvi at Globe Tennis Club in Belsize Park. Picture Siorna Ashby
VI tennis player Naqi Rizvi at Globe Tennis Club in Belsize Park. returning a high ball Picture Siorna Ashby

Naqi is classified as a “B1” player, being completely blind.

In B1 tennis, the court is much smaller: 12.8 metres by 6.1m compared to the standard size of 23.8m by 8.2m.

Players are allowed up to three bounces and the ball makes a sound. The net is also lower, and players have to ask their opponents if they are “ready” before a serve is made.

With experienced players, rallies of over six shots are possible – something which Naqi achieves regularly in sessions at Globe.

The club sponsored his tournament trip to Dublin, where he lost to the world’s number one in the semis.

VI tennis player Naqi Rizvi at Globe Tennis Club in Belsize Park. Picture Siorna Ashby

VI tennis player Naqi Rizvi at Globe Tennis Club in Belsize Park. Picture Siorna AshbyNaqi recalls: “My attitude in Dublin was to relax and enjoy. And the last two matches were the best I played.

“If I had the opportunity to play every day, I would. The only factor I have to consider is the weather – the natural elements can be a big factor as VI tennis balls are very light.”

For more information about VI sessions at Globe or to volunteer, email


Tennis Nationals 19-21 Oct!

National Blind & Vision Impaired Tennis Championships 2018

National Blind and Vision Impaired Tennis Championships 2018

Dates:  19 – 21 October 2018

Venue:    Dan Maskell Tennis Centre, Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TS

Closing date:   Friday 21 September 2018

Entry fee:  £30 (entry fee includes lunch on Friday (for B2 – B5 players), Saturday & Sunday for all players).

Times:     Friday 19 October TBC but probably 11am – 4pm (B2 – B5 players)

Saturday 20 October 9am – 6pm (B1 – B5 players)

Sunday 21 October 9am – 4pm (B1 – B5 players)

Entries are now open – you can enter by clicking on the following link –  Please remember you can only enter one event at a time so once you have done the singles you need to click on the link again to do the doubles.  If you have forgotten your login details just let me know.

Below you can download the information sheet & also a list of local accommodation.

Download:  Information Sheet  |   local accommodation

Volunteers needed!  If you know any volunteers who would be willing to help out during any part of the weekend please can you ask them to contact me or let me know their details & I can get in contact with them.

Official Tournament Dinner

We are holding an official tournament dinner at the Link Hotel on Saturday 20 October.  Details are:

Venue address: The Link Hotel, New Ashby Rd, Loughborough LE11 4EX

Meal: hot fork buffet dinner.  Volunteers will be on hand to help serve food

Entertainment: music will be provided! 

Cost: FREE for players & £15 for guests

Please confirm if you will be attending the dinner by Friday 21 September.  Please give details of any guests attending at this time too.  Payment can be made nearer the time.

It’s going to be a super weekend so sign up NOW!

Kirsty Thomson
Disability Competition Manager – Tournament Delivery

084587 20522   D: +442084877068     M: +447432732202

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


Tall Ship Adventure with VICTA!

Tall Ship Adventure 2019 with JST and VICTA
Sailing from Oban to Oban, Scotland
N/A - N/A
01908 240 831
31st August 2018
£900 (This can be paid in monthly instalments of £100 or via fundraising). Costs cover accommodation, bedding, all food and wet weather gear while on board the tall ship

Tall Ship Adventure

VICTA is partnering with the Jubilee Sailing Trust to give five adventurous souls the chance to embark on a voyage of a lifetime!

Jubilee Sailing Trust are the operators of the only two fully accessible tall ships in the world, on which we are delivering a sail training voyage for blind and partially sighted adults, aged 18 to 29 years. Being on board one of these remarkable ships will be a phenomenal experience designed to help build the confidence and resilience of those joining its crew.

Closing date to apply: 31st August 2018

Date: 17 to 23 June 2019  Age: 18 to 29 years
Duration: 6 nights on board the tall ship
Location: Sailing from Oban to Oban, Scotland
Cost per person: £900 (This can be paid in monthly instalments of £100 or via fundraising). Costs cover accommodation, bedding, all food and wet weather gear while on board the tall ship.

VICTA is subsiding this trip for our participants but you will need to raise the remaining amount of £900 to participate. We would encourage you to fundraise to support the cost of this voyage. We are advertising this opportunity early to give you the chance to raise the funds to reach your target. Five volunteers will also be fundraising for themselves from our corporate sponsors Highfield, in order to provide a one to one level of support on-board.

You don’t need any sailing experience to take part as you will acquire all the skills you need during the programme. To find out more about the voyage and The Jubilee Sailing Trust, please visit the website application page.

Applications close on Friday 31 August 2018 so please sign up soon via our website. If you have any questions please email or call 01908 240 831.


ECB announce VI squad!

ECB England cricket VI squad chosen for India tour

ECB announce squad for Vison Impaired tour of India

ECB have today announced a 16-man Visually Impaired (VI) squad for their upcoming tour of India.

The side will take on World Champions India in three IT20s before competing in a Tri-Series against India and Sri Lanka.

Sam Murray returns to the squad after taking time out of the sport to become a Para-Rower for Team GB. Darren Paddick has been called up for his first tour after impressing in the Academy and in domestic cricket. A captain for the tour will be announced in due course.

England will be looking to test themselves against two of the best sides in the world in the Tri-Series. All three teams made the semi-finals of the last IT20 World Cup in 2017, with India going on to lift the trophy on home soil.

England VI Head Coach Ross Hunter said:

“This tour is an exciting opportunity for our squad and the players to continue to develop. Our ultimate goal is to win the next World Cup and to do that we need to be able to compete against the very best.

“We feel that the 16 players we have selected all have the ability to win games for England. This trip will help push them forwards and we are looking to see how they perform under pressure against two great teams. We want players who can develop into World Cup winners.”

ECB Head of Disability Cricket Ian Martin said:

“This will be another important tour for the squad. Taking on two of the top sides in the world will give a great indication as to where they are as a group and the progress they have made.

“This tour is another step forward for disability cricket. Visually Impaired cricket in particular continues to grow internationally thanks to strong support across the global cricketing community and the work of the World Blind Cricket Council.”

England VI squad


Justin Hollingsworth – Warwickshire

Ed Hossell – Somerset

Luke Sugg – Warwickshire

Jimmy Millard – Sussex

Dan Field – Sussex


Matt Dean – London Metro

Matt Page – London Metro

Sam Murray – N/A

Rory Hossell – Somerset

Gareth Jones – London Metro


Nathan Foy – Warwickshire

Pete Blueitt – Yorkshire

Amin Afshari – Kent

Mo Khatri – Warwickshire

Mark Turnham – Warwickshire

Darren Paddick – Surrey

T20 Bilateral Series India-England

2nd October 1st IT20 India-England (Bangalore Surroundings)

3rd October 2nd IT20 India-England (Bangalore Surroundings)

4th October 3rd IT20 India-England (Bangalore Surroundings)

IT20 Triangular Series India-England-Sri Lanka

6th October India vs England (Belgaum/Hubli)

7th October India vs England (Belgaum/Hubli)

8th October India vs Sri Lanka (Goa)

9th October England vs Sri Lanka (Goa)

10th October India vs Sri Lanka (Goa)

11th October England vs Sri Lanka (Goa)

12thOctober Semi Final (2ndv 3rd)

13th October Final