Monthly Archives: June 2019

Study on sleep in VI children

Sleep Study on VI Children with UCL

Good Sleep, Bad Sleep and Somewhere In-between

  As the parent or carer of a child aged 5-11 with Vision Impairment you could help by taking part in our study on sleep in children with Vision Impairment

  What does it involve?

 Our research team from the UCL,  Lifespan Learning and Sleep Laboratory (LiLAS Lab) would ask you and your child to do the following:

 1) Complete an online survey (please see link/QR code) ~ 20 minutes and a sleep diary for a one-week period

2) Your child to do  a ‘number/ word and animal naming game’ (over the phone/in person)

3) Your child to wear an actiwatch (fitbit-like bracelett) to monitor sleep for a max of 5 nights (optional).


Why take part?

 Everyone sleeps and everyone has to sleep – but whether sleep is good, bad or somewhere in between from a Vision Impaired perspective is not known.

Given that sleep is so important to our daily lives, promoting healthy neural, cognitive, socio-emotional and physical development, we aim to find out more about sleep patterns in children with Vision Impairment.

We provide child sleep reports to parents upon request.

Thank you for taking time to read about our study and we hope to have you on board !


For any Q’s please email: and

 And find our online survey at: JoinUCL-VI-sleepstudy

QR code for sleep study at UCL

QR code for sleep study



Events with Sense!

Events with Sense Charity

Sense have some great activities set-up as part of the Sporting Sense project, which we invite you to get involved in! See below for more details.

For more information or to register your attendance

please contact Mayana at or call 0207 014 9318.




 Who: These walks are open for anyone to enjoy but are focussed on supporting people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities.

When: Fridays starting 7th June, 11.00 – 12.00.

Where: Golders Hill Park, London NW3 7HD. The meeting point is on West Heath Road.

What: This sensory walk has been co-developed with the Outdoor Guide and will be led by GLL Barnet. The walk can be enjoyed on your own, or with family and friends by following the map on the Outdoor Guide website Or if you would like to join us for a guided walk on Friday’s you can by registering your attendance.



Who: For anyone 6-19 years old. This session is aimed at children and young people with a disability and their siblings.

When: Every Wednesday during school terms, 5.00pm – 6.00pm.

Where: Coram’s Fields Football Pitch, 93 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1DN.

What: Free inclusive football session which is being run by Arsenal Football club and Coram’s Field.



Who: For anyone 12+ with a sensory impairment or complex needs who wants to get involved.

 When: Wednesday 26th June, Wednesday 3rd, 10th, 24th, 31st July and 7th August 11.00am – 12.30pm.

Where: The Castle Climbing Centre, Green Lanes, London N4 2HA.

What: Free Climbing sessions. This group is led by an instructor, participants take it in turns to have a go on the various climbing walls.

*Please register your attendance each week as there are limited spaces available!



 Who: For anyone 18+ with a sensory impairment or complex needs who wants to get involved

 When: Thursday 13th June to Thursday 25th July, 2.15 – 3.45pm.

Where: Pancras Square Leisure 5 Pancras Rd, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AG

What: Free accessible yoga being delivered by Richard, who has over 15 years of experience


For more information or to register your attendance

please contact Mayana at or call 0207 014 9318.





 Who: For children and adults (5+) who are blind or partially sighted.

When: Thursdays, 6.00pm – 7.00pm.

Where: Brixton Recreation Centre, Brixton Station Rd, Brixton. Meet and greet available from Brixton station at 5.30pm.

What: Inclusive football led by Fulham Football Club Foundation and delivered in partnership with Metro Blind Sports and London FA.

 *To book on the programme please call the Fulham FC Foundation on 0208 336 7547 or visit




Who: For anyone 18+ with a sensory impairment or complex needs who wants to get involved.

When: Mondays 17th June – 29th July, 2.00pm – 3.30pm.

Where: Everyone Active, Camberwell, Leisure Centre, Artichoke Place, London, SE5 8TS.

What: Free Tai Chi with Self Defence session. This group is led by Miz, an experienced Tai Chi and Self Defence instructor and is delivered in partnership with Everyone Active and Southwark Disablement Association. 



Who: For anyone 12+ with a sensory impairment or complex needs who wants to get involved.

 When: Wednesdays, 11.30am – 12.30pm. There will be no sessions on the 10th and 17th of April 2019.

Where: Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre, 390 Streatham High Rd, London SW16 6HX.

Cost: £5.70 per session. Paid upon arrival to leisure centre.

What: This is an opportunity for people to attend an open ice skating session at the leisure centre for people with a disability. This session is not led by an instructor, but there is a skate marshal present.


As with all of our sessions we welcome friends, family and support workers to come along and join in, you don’t have to be sat on the side, you can have fun and learn as well.

For more information or to register your attendance

please contact Mayana at or call 0207 014 9318.



GB strike gold at IBTT 2019

Tennis GB strike gold at IBTT 2019

Great Britain strike gold at 2019 International Blind Tennis Tournament

original article from on

It was celebrations all round at the 2019 International Blind Tennis Tournament in Benidorm as Great Britain walked away as the highest medalling country out of the 15 nations competing. Managed by the LTA, the eight-strong British squad finished the challenging four-day tournament on a high, winning an astonishing three golds, two silver and two bronze medals between them.

Taking place from 12 – 16 June, the tournament saw over 70 players from 15 different countries competing to be crowned champion of their division. Taking to the court across four different sight categories – B1 (blind) to B4 (partially sighted), Great Britain served up an outstanding victory, walking away with the following:

  • Gold: Rachel Morgan – London (B1 Ladies)
  • Gold: Amanda Large – Manchester (B2 Ladies)
  • Gold: Rosie Pybus – Middlesbrough (B4 Ladies)
  • Silver: James Currie – Manchester (B2 Men)
  • Silver: Neil Fradgley – Isle of Wight (B4 Men)
  • Bronze: Paul Ryb – London (B3 Men)
  • Bronze: Sarah Fortescue – Milton Keynes (B3 Ladies)
  • Quarter-Finalist: Christopher Blake – London (B3 Men)

With ambitions to become a Paralympic sport in the future, visually impaired tennis is adapted from the full court version to a smaller court, with a lower net. It also uses an audible ball so players can hear it bounce and being hit, and, depending on an individual’s sight level, they can also be allowed up to three bounces before they must return it back to their opponent.

As part of its disability work, the LTA supports and promotes visually impaired tennis in Great Britain, including delivering regular weekly and monthly sessions as part of the LTA’s disability open court programme, subsidising camps to help players develop their skills and running a series of regional and national tournaments for blind and partially sighted players of all abilities.


Who said what?

Team Manager and LTA Disability Competitions Manager, Claire McCulloch said:

“What a result! We are absolutely thrilled with the team’s performance at the International Blind Tournament. To walk away as the highest medalling country is an amazing feat and I feel incredibly proud of all of my team. Blind and visually impaired tennis is one of the fastest growing versions of the sport, and we hope the team’s victory will inspire others to pick up a racket at one of the many sessions supported by the LTA across the UK.”

James Currie, who won silver in this year’s B2 Men’s category commented:

“It was an honour to play in the third International Blind Tennis Tournament and the standard of tennis has greatly improved from last year. There was a great team spirit all week!”

Amanda Large, who won gold in the B2 Ladies category added:

“What an amazing week of tennis! There was a great team spirit, determination, friendship and camaraderie throughout.  It was an honour to represent my country and I am over the moon to become B2 ladies world champion for the second year in a row.”




Tennis: IBTT 2019 by Naqi Rizvi

International Blind Tennis Tournament 2019 by Naqi Rizvi

International Blind Tennis Tournament  (IBTT) 2019 by Naqi Rizvi

I got a chance to compete in the World Championships of VI Tennis for a second time, this time around in Alicante Spain. I arrived on the 9th of June and returned back to the UK on the 16th. The seven glorious days I spent there involved chilling in the hotel and the internal water park, practising before the tournament and actually playing! the first two days were full of classification which left me with lots of free time as I am classified as a B1 for life.

My category of B1 males had 20 people from several different countries. The tournament overall had 87 players from 15 countries and six continents, and I was the third seed for the draws. My opponents at the group stage included Italy, Germany and Ireland. I luckily won all my matches by breaking serve and consequently avoiding a tie-break. I came out at the top of my group and then played in the quarterfinals against Argentina.

I won that too and played my semi-final against the worlds number 1 from Japan, which I lost 6-3. However, I gave my great opponent a tough time, and we hugged each other after the match was over. I then went on to play my 3rd and 4th play-off match against another German opponent which I won 6-3. That left me in third place and given that my group was the biggest (20 people), I am very proud of coming 3rd.

Moreover, most countries had managers and coaches who worked with them before and during the tournament, a luxury that I wasn’t afforded as I was the sole representative of my country. As there were eight courts beside each other, quiet was a luxury, but I gave it my best and really enjoyed the experience.

It was great to see so many players and such good tennis in many instances. The overall vibe was also great despite some issues, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself with the GB team that adopted me and also met many players/officials from other countries that I had met last year. I had a great time and would love to go year after year, becoming the world champion soon!

I must say a massive thank you to Metro Blind Sport, Highgate Tennis CLub, the Globe and Stanmore Jaffaries for helping me improve my game and also sponsorship which allowed me to go to Spain and also do well.  I hope to make you all even prouder and hope to become an even better player who consistently does well!  –  article by Naqi Rizvi

Article by Naqi Rizvi


Help Naqi raise some funds for not on but 2 Charities

Naqi” I’m abseiling 156m down the Iconic 1CP Building for The Lord Mayor’s Appeal because mental health affects each one of us!
Link to donate: 

Naqi’s 2019 Prudential RideLondon Surrey 46 page
To help contribute towards research and Raising funds for Children with Cancer UK because I want no child to suffer from this disease
Link to donate:



Edutain Plus 2019!

Edutain Plus 2019 Event - click here for more info

What is Edutain Plus ?

New Age Kurling, Parachute Games, Football, Basketball, Boccia, Table Cricket, Polybat & Athletics sessions for Disabled People aged 11-16 years, who live and/or study in Westminster.

When are the sessions? 10am – 3pm

Venue: Academy Sport, Westminster Academy, The Naim Dangoor Centre,
255 Harrow Road, London W2 5EZ

Dates: Summer 2019

  • Week 1 – 30th July, 31st, July, 1st August
  • Week 2 – 6th, 7th, 8th August
  • Week 3 – 13th, 14th, 15th, August
  • Week 4 – 20th, 21st, 22nd August

How much does it cost?

ONLY £1 per session, FREE transport will be provided on a first come first served basis, for participants who are not in a position to access the session independently (e.g. with a parent/carer)

For more information and booking!

Contact Andrew Grant
t: 07540785589 (between 9am -5pm, Mon – Fri) e:
a: 3-7 Third Avenue, Queens Park, London, W10 4SR

(completed registration and consent forms should be sent to the email or postal address above).