Monthly Archives: February 2019

Metro Tennis Tournament 2019

Metro Tennis Tournament 2019

Metro Blind Sport Tennis Tournament 2019

On Sunday 17th February 2019 twenty-six blind and partially sighted players came together to compete in the Metro Blind Sports tennis tournament at the GLL Islington Tennis Centre.

The players were supported by a team of dedicated volunteers and LTA officials and the event was a great success.

The B1 category for blind players was played as a singles event and the partially sighted players played a doubles event, one for male players and one for female players.

Players came from across London to take part and there was a mixture of junior and senior players paired together. There was also a mixture of experienced international players playing with, and against, newer Metro Blind Sport players.

There was some excellent shot making throughout the day and although there was a strong competitive edge throughout, the event was played in an excellent spirit with players supporting each other the whole time.

Martin Symcox, CEO of Metro Blind Sport said of the event, ‘Sunday was a resounding success for all involved. This annual event gives our members the opportunity to compete against each other in a very well organised tournament, with experienced LTA officials and a willing group of volunteers.

The atmosphere during the day was exceptional and the quality of play was clear to see. It was fantastic to see the experienced players supporting the newer and younger Metro Blind Sport players.

Congratulations to all of those involved, with special acknowledgement to our winners and finalists.’

 report by Martin Symcox


  • B1 Winner:  Naqi Rizvi
  • B1 Runner Up:  Monica Smith
  • Men’s Doubles Partially Sighted Winners:  Matt Page and Ewan Hayward
  • Men’s Doubles Partially Sighted Runners Up:  Eamonn Shearing and Ivan Rodriguez-Deb
  • Women’s Doubles Partially Sighted Winners:  Brenda Cassell and Amanda Green
  • Women’s Doubles Partially Sighted Runners Up:  Louise Evans and Helen Potter


National Indoor Pairs 2019

English National Indoor Pairs Championships 2019


 This annual bowls championship was held at the Nottingham Indoor Bowls Centre on the 16th and 17th of February.  This year 10 Metro bowlers attended the tournament, and travelled from St Pancras on the Friday so they all could have some practice on the green before the tournament started the next morning.

This year 18 teams entered from all over England, as far as Preston and Pennine in the north to Devon and Cornwall in the southwest.  Each team had 6 games to play, and after that the 2 top teams had to play in the final on the last session on the Sunday.

Some of the Metro teams did very well with Junette and her partner Peter winning 3 out of 6, Harish with Steve winning 3 out of 6, Eric with Gause winning 5 out of 6 and Maureen with David winning 6 out of 6.

There was only one other team, Alison and Geoff from Cornwall, who had won all their games so they had to play against our Maureen Ryan and David Mears in the final.  When the bell rang, after the usual 90 minutes, both teams were level on shots, so to get a winner an extra end had to be played.  Maureen put 2 of her bowls within 10 inches, but Alison had the shot 2 inches from the Jack which won the end and so the tournament.

Eric was presented with the shield for being the best B1 bowler of the tournament, and Maureen and David received the runners-up cup.  It was a very nice bowls centre, but quite far from the centre of town and our hotel, so quite expensive getting taxis to and from the bowling.  All the Metro bowlers enjoyed the weekend and travelled back on the Monday afternoon.

Report by Eric Gallacher bowls organiser


5 – 16 yrs Mini Marathon 12 May!

Mini Marathon for children5 and 16 years old - Powered by Local Heroes

The Mini Marathon – Powered by Local Heroes* for the raising funds for Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice

Our Mini Marathon has become THE running event every child wants to be part of!

Taking place in Royal Greenwich Park, by the famous London Marathon bandstand, it is a 2.62 mile sponsored fun run for children aged between 5 and 16 years old.

2019 marks 25 years of caring for local people in their own home, the Hospice and in hospital. Our 25thanniversary is an incredible achievement and that’s thanks to you and the amazing people of Greenwich and Bexley who have given their support in a whole variety of different ways; you are our ‘Local Heroes’ and our Mini Marathon is powered by little Local Heroes who raised more than £80,000 following last year’s event – such an fantastic amount!

The Hospice has been providing care and support to local people for 25 years, and with your support, we always will.

Event Date:  Sunday  12 May 2019  Registration closes: 4.30pm on Friday 3 May


  • 9:15 am arrival ,  9:45am for the warm-up
  • 10 am the fun begins!
  • Distance:  2.62 miles

Location: Royal Greenwich Park, Charlton Way, London, SE10 8QY

Age limits: 5 – 16 years. Please note children aged between 5 and 7 years old must run with a responsible adult

Register here

Registration Fee: £7.50 per child, which includes a medal and a goody bag. As a special thank you, the lovely people at Bill’s Greenwich have kindly donated 20% off all food for all our Mini Marathoners!

T-shirts: £5.50 each (we only have a limited number of T-shirts available)

Maximum places: 1,800 Mini Marathon places are available. We have sold out in the recent years, so by signing up super early you can guarantee that your child has a place in THE running event every child wants to be part of!

Online registration will close at 4.30pm on Friday 3 May. There will NO on the day registrations!

Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice

The Hospice is a local charity dedicated to providing free, high-quality, compassionate care and support for people with all terminal illnesses, their families, and their carers in the London Boroughs of Royal Greenwich and Bexley.

We care for over 2,500 people each year at home, in care homes, in our Hospice beds, in our Day Hospice and Hospice-based clinics, and in hospital.

We receive only about one third of our funding from the NHS, which means that we depend on the generosity of our community to fund much of the care we provide for local people.

You can donate here :    Donate Link



Extant: Flight Paths Workshop!

Flight Paths Workshop 1 & 2 March in Deptford

Flight Paths Workshop held  between Touch  Tour and show!

As well as the touch tours, Extant will also be running a drama workshop based on the themes of the show. The workshop will take place at The Albany in between the touch tour and the start of the show, at 6.30 and will last about 45 minutes. To book a place contact either:


Steven Reed

Flightpath Performances time and date below

Where:       The Albany,   Douglas Way,   Deptford, SE8 4AG

When:        1 March,  Time: 7.30pm                   2 March, 2.00pm                   2 March 7.30 pm

Touch Tours begin at 6.00 & 12.30.

To Book:    020 8692 4446

Flight path show Information below

By combining movement, music and narrative with inclusive audio description delivered through experimental sound technology, Extant, the UK’s leading theatre company of visually impaired people, and Yellow Earth, the UK’s leading British East Asian theatre company, have created an exciting new piece of live performance within a multi-media landscape that will challenge artistic and access boundaries.

The Goze were blind storytellers who travelled the length and breadth of medieval Japan making a living from their epic tales. In this new production, three visually impaired performers from Japan, Nigeria and the US follow their example to tell contemporary stories of migration to the UK.  Living independently in London for the first time, they each face new challenges with accommodation, language, and forging their lives and careers as an aerialist, viola player and Soprano.


Brixton Football Taster Video

Video of blind and VI football taster in Brixton

Video below from the Blind and Partially Sighted Football Programme taster session

Date video was taken: 14 Feb 2019


Metro Blind Sport is delighted to be working alongside the Fulham Football Club Foundation, Sense and the London Football Association to deliver a blind and partially sighted football programme in Brixton.

Want to give these football sessions a try!  Check out the event details below!

Football sessions for children and adults, who are Blind or Partially Sighted to come and try football. Come along and sign up to the programme that will run every Thursday after the February half. With coaches from Fulham leading the sessions, this is an excellent opportunity to try football in a safe and accessible venue. Meet and greet will be available from Brixton Tube Station.

Blind and Partially Sighted Football – Block Sessions 1

  • Start Date: Thurs  28, February 2019 End Date: April 4, 2019
  • Details: Thursdays Time: 6:00 – 7: 00 pm (During Term Time)
  • Venue:  Brixton Recreation Centre GLL, Brixton Station Rd,  Brixton
  • Age: 5+ years  Total Price: £18.00 visit

To book visit: or call 0208 336 7547