Monthly Archives: August 2019

Metro Cricket Team Win The Cup!

Metro Cricket Team Win Heindrich Swanepoel Memorial Cup 2019!

BBS & Primary Club Heindrich Swanepoel Memorial Cricket Cup final

Caught and Bowled Two   –  31st August 2019

Metro won the BBS Cup, for the first time it was renamed after Heindrich, in a match that at the end was much less stressful for supporters at the County Ground in Bristol than their semi-final win at Highgate had been.


Photo of the County Ground in Bristol with metro team warming up
Photo of the County Ground in Bristol with metro team warming up

Amazingly once again the win was secured by a caught and bowled as Rory look a great low catch to dismiss the other skipper for 65 in the thirteenth over. It was a great comeback after that over had started with twelve runs conceded off four balls, but then ended with two wickets in two balls as the incoming batsman was caught by Mo at mid-wicket to leave Rory on a hat trick; one that was not to be when he returned to bowl 14 overs later.

After an excellent tea provided by Gloucestershire of lasagne and salad Metro’s opening bowlers Gareth and Mo had got the defence of Metro’s score off to the expected quality start as, backed up by quality fielding, they limited the reply to just 10 from the first four overs. Mo picking up the first of his two wickets as Matt took a good catch at cover to dismiss Rory H. As Somerset kept their scoring worm ahead however it was that catch, and the wicket next ball that swung the game in favour of Metro.

Metro Cricket team skipper Rory chat at half time
Metro Cricket team skipper Rory chat at half time

At half way Somerset were on 99 still 15 ahead of where Metro had been but crucially they had lost three wickets. They managed to score less than half that in the remaining overs reaching just a gross for the loss of 7 wickets at the end of their innings. Eight of those were part of Steve Cook’s 34, a shot that resulted in Prem coming on to cover for Mark Bond who cramped up after chasing the ball all the way to the fine leg boundary. Mo and Justin put together back to back maidens at overs nineteen and twenty; a feat followed by Rory and Andy Law in overs twenty-eight and twenty-nine. Andy ended his two overs with two wickets for just three runs, in addition to that maiden. His second wicket was a stunning catch from Mark Russell who ran from slip to silly point to grab the ball.

Mark had been at the crease as Metro’s innings ended on the fourth highest ever cup final score of 233, twenty-seven short of the record, relieving the pain of the low score in last year’s final. There had been concern that this may not have been possible as light rain and grey skies delayed the start by almost an hour, but all agreed that the match should remain at thirty overs and Metro were put into bat so it was over to Matt and Nick. The start was electric as Matt hit two fours, including one from a no ball, before the bowlers struck back supported by effective fielding to limit both Nick and then Andy to low scores so that when the second wicket fell in the ninth over, with Andy’s runner not getting back for a second the score was only 43.

As the sky started to turn blue and the sun shone Metro started to build on this platform with Justin joining Matt at the crease. Shortly after Matt reached 50 Justin hit the only 6 of the day, over square leg, to bring up 100 in the nineteenth over. The pair put on 125 for the third wicket before Matt was bowled by Mikey for 73, there has only been one higher partnership in a BBS cup final. Justin was finally out, caught and bowled by Ed having scored 89 from 63 balls – exactly the same number as faced by Matt – having hit 13 fours as well as that six.

Metro Cricket Team Smiling with thier medal and the cup
Metro Cricket Team Smiling with thier medal and the cup

Congratulations to Metro’s winning cup team; the XI on the day – Rory Field, Hassan Khan, Amit Amin, Andy Law, Mark Russell, Matt Dean, Mo Ghalib, Justin Hollingsworth, Nick Ebbeck, Mark Bond and Gareth Jones; the three who were there in support: Rob McKenzie as well as Mujahaid Zabit and Prem Sellathurai, who along with Ryan Jones and Matt Pounder had played in earlier rounds.

The cricket season end in Woverhampton on 21st September when Metro play in the David Townley T20 cup finals day, along with Sussex, Northants and Yorkshire.

Report by Paul Toplis

“What a win for the Metro cricket team today in the national cup final. Congratulations to all of the players. Well done to both teams! ” – Martin Symcox

“They did it! Well done to Metro cricket team for winning by 89 runs today to lift the trophy! A brilliant performance from Somerset also which provided a great cricket final” – Charlie Raven





Tokyo Progress GB Women’s Goalball

GB women squad stood at their goal before a match

Great Britain women’s tournament finish shows progress towards Tokyo 2020

Original Article by Goalballuk

Great Britain women’s goalball squad sixth-place finish at an international tournament was a significant step in their ambition to achieve qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Despite losing out in the quarter-finals at the IBSA goalball event in Fort Wayne, the team put together a series of performances of the highest quality that suggest they are ready to compete on the biggest stage.

After beating the likes of Spain, South Korea and Germany, it set up a last-eight match against the host nation America. Great Britain fought to the end but was beaten by the eventual runners-up and Rio 2016 bronze medallists.

In the placing matches, Great Britain won a nail-biting penalty shootout against Finland before coming up short against Canada to finally secure sixth place.

Great Britain now looks forward to preparing for the European Championships in October taking place in Rostock, Germany. The event represents the last chance to secure their spot at Tokyo 2020.

Aaron Ford, Great Britain’s head coach, said: “This squad is clearly heading in the right direction. We are all confident that we can build on this performance at an event that featured most of the best teams in the world.

“Some of the performances in Fort Wayne were excellent. The team showed great levels of maturity and were clinical to see games out. There were setbacks and we need to learn from those if we are to achieve our goal of competing at the Paralympics.

“The group will continue to develop as elite athletes over the coming months and come back even stronger for the European Championship in October.”

Mark Winder, CEO of Goalball U.K., said: “It was fantastic to watch the squad against some incredibly strong opposition. We are seeing our talent pathway producing world-class players with this inspiring group.

“Their performance in America was a real testament of how much goalball has developed across Great Britain in the last few years. Alongside their talent, they embody the goalball family ethos on and off the court.

“Everyone associated with the sport is incredibly proud of what they have achieved. I know Aaron, his coaching team and the players will have already turned their attentions to Rostock in Germany and will be ready to take the next step.”

The squad consisted of Georgie Bullen, Sarah Leiter, Antonia Bunyan, Amelia Robertson, Kali Holder and Lois Turner. An experienced four-person coaching team joined the players, this was Aaron Ford, Becky Ashworth (coach/team leader), Faith Fisher (physio) and Hannah Levi (support staff).



RISE Open Day 7 Sept

RISE Open Day 7 Sept
Hampton Sports and Fitness Centre, Hampton High, Hanworth Road, Hampton ,TW12 3HB
11.00 am - 4.00 pm
020 8831 6134
07th September 2019

RISE Open Day

(Richmond upon Thames Inclusive Sport and Exercise)

Come and try a range of inclusive and disability-specific sports and exercise activities. There will be Wheelchair Rugby, Football, Multi-sports, Dance, Yoga and more.

Event Details

Date: Sat 7 Sept Time: 11 am to 4 pm  Cost: Free
Venue: Hampton Sports and Fitness Centre, Hampton High, Hanworth Road, TW12 3HB
Contact: Lizzy Roberts Call  020 8831 6134 or email
Transport information
Buses: 111 and R70 stop on Hanworth Road outside the Sports Centre
Trains: The nearest station is Hampton
Parking: There are car and cycle parking on site.

The timetable of the day will be available on the website before the event.

For more details please contact Lizzy Roberts, Sports Development Officer.
020 8831 6134 or email

The RISE event is open to individuals or all ages and ability levels. If individuals have specific support needs, we ask that they attend with a carer/PA. If a participant is under 16 then a parent/carer needs to remain onsite.




Six VICTA Young Ambassadors needed

VICTA is looking for six new Young Ambassadors!

Six New VICTA Young Ambassadors needed!

VICTA is looking for its next wave of  VICTA Young Ambassadors

Our Young Ambassadors Programme is a volunteering opportunity for young adults aged 18 to 29 years who are blind or partially sighted shaped around employability with projects designed to strengthen key skills and build business understanding, all supported with bespoke mentoring.

We are looking to appoint up to six Young Ambassadors who will be expected to attend the VICTA office in Milton Keynes for four days during a one year term starting in mid September.

Our aim is to provide our Young Ambassadors with a meaningful and challenging but fun volunteering experience that will develop invaluable leadership skills and increase confidence enhancing future prospects. Throughout the programme, we will work with each Young Ambassador to show how their learning and newly acquired skills can translate into a strengthened CV, job application or personal statement.

Further details can be found on the following downloadable information sheet:
Download the Young Ambassador Information Sheet >

If you have read the downloadable information sheet and you think this opportunity might be of interest, please send us an up-to-date copy of your CV together with a short covering letter explaining how you believe you would benefit from the Programme and what you can bring to the STRiVE editorial team.

You can find out more about STRiVE, the e-magazine produced by the VICTA Young Ambassador team here >

Applications should reach us on or before Friday 6 September 2019 and be sent to:

VICTA Young Ambassadors Programme Manager, 5 Douglas House, 32-34 Simpson Road, Milton Keynes, MK1 1BA.

Alternatively you can email your application for the attention of ‘Young Ambassador Programme Manager’ to



Science Museum VIscovery Day 28 Sept

VIscoveryDay at the Science Muesum
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, SW7 2DD
10.00 am - TBC
28th September 2019
Free - booking required, opens a month prior to the event

VIscovery Day at the Science Museum

VIscovery days enable families with members who are visually impaired, partially sighted or blind to enjoy events around the Museum that are specially designed for them.

Event Details

  • Date: Saturday 28 Sept 2019 Time: 10:00am
  • Ticket price: Free – booking required, opens a month prior to the event
  • Venue: Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, SW7 2DD
  • Closest tube: South Kensington

To receive more information about this event, email Family Programmes or call

Booking contact number 02079424086

Booking contact email