Monthly Archives: November 2019

AD: We Will Rock You! – VICTA

We Will Rock You – Audio-described Performance - book by 3 Jan 2020

We Will Rock You – Audio-described performance!

Join VICTA for an audio described performance of We Will Rock You, the killer Queen musical spectacular. Another venue bites the dust as the world-famous production visits Milton Keynes as part of its whistle-stop tour of the UK.

This feel-good show features 24 of Queen’s biggest hits and boasts the scale and spectacle that marked the band’s legendary live performances. Your favourite rock hits accompanied by Ben Elton’s hilarious futuristic comedy writing are sure to leave you completely ga-ga and ready burst into song!

  • Closing Date: 3 January 2020  Event Date: 26 March 2020
  • Who: 5 to 29 years plus one parent or carer (18+)
  • Venue: Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Central Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK9 3NZ
  • Cost: £20 for a pair of tickets

If you would like to join us on this activity, please apply through the online form via the link below.

Apply Here

 

 

The Paralympics Tokyo 2020!

The Paralympics Tokyo 2020 -Spread the word!

The Paralympics Tokyo 2020!  –  Spread The Word!

We’re so excited for Tokyo 2020! The Paralympics are a great time for disabled people to be centre stage once again and show everyone that we are Impossible to Ignore.

Dates: 25 August to 6 September 2020

Knowledge and appreciation of disabled people in society remains low.

Tell your friends and family to sign up to the newsletter and help us grow our movement.

Website: ParalympicsGB

Did you know disabled people are not just less likely to play sport, they’re also less likely to have a job? A recent survey showed 49% felt excluded from society.

Strictly star Will Bayley on his emotional moment of victory at the Rio 2016 Paralympics – Youtube Video

41% of the British public say they don’t know anyone disabled Knowledge and appreciation of disabled people in society remains low and 43% think the number of disabled people is half of what it is, when in fact there are 13.9 million disabled people in the UK.

ParalympicsGB want to change that and this is why we are starting a movement. But to do this we need your support. Let’s harness the power of sport to break down barriers, shift perceptions and increase opportunities for all disabled people, making us Impossible to Ignore.

ParalympicsGB  wants to change that and this is why we are starting a movement.

We are the UK’s largest disability sports charity, but not many people know that. We support Will and other athletes to travel, prepare, and perform at their best at the Paralympic Games.

We harness the power of sport to break down barriers, shift perceptions and increase opportunities for all disabled people.

But to do this we need your support.

Spread the word!

Tell your friends and family to sign up to the newsletter and help us grow our movement.

Website: ParalympicsGB

1 Year to go | Tokyo 2020 | Athlete Messages Youtube video

 

 

VI Tennis Regionals 2020!

LTA - Visually Impaired Tennis Regional Tournaments 2020

VI Tennis Regional Tournaments Calendar 2020

The LTA are really excited to announce that there will be 11 Regional VI Tournaments in 2020!! Most dates are now finalised with just a few of the ones at the end of the year needing to be confirmed by venues.

Hopefully, these extra tournaments might mean some of you don’t need to travel so far to compete as we have a nice spread of where the new ones are taking place.

Metro would always advise to phone or email the event contacts to confirm there have been no last-minute changes or cancellations.

For more information, please contact Liz.Terry@lta.org.uk

Call the LTA Services Team on +44 (0)208 487 7000 for an expert member of the team to assist with any queries you may have.

To use the tournament search on the LTA website you will need to register and become an LTA Member, you will  also need to  tick the disability option and choose your dates ( at the moment of writing this –  2 Dec 2019 – there are No 2020 dates available, but no doubt they will be added)

Website: https://www3.lta.org.uk/Competitions/Search/ 

 

LTA Disability Competitions Calendar and Entry links

LTA Disability Competitions Calendar:  https://blindsport.uk/LTAVIComps

LTA Disability area:  https://blindsport.uk/LTAVITennis

To confirm and for latest updated info please use the contact below

Contact:  Email: disabilitycompetitions@lta.org.uk

 

Link below to the final points table for 2019!

Visually Impaired Regional 2019 Points Table

 

Free Cricket Nets at Lords!

Free Cricket Nets session at Lords - 18 Jan 2020

Free Cricket Nets Session at Lords in 2020

Want to try out Blind and Partially Sighted Cricket, Well here your chance, Book your place now! Learn to play with our trophy-winning team at Lords!  All experience and ability levels welcome. Qualified coaches with VI expertise.

Date: Saturday 18 January 2020 Time: 11 am-1 pm  Age: 12 +
Venue: Lords Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood Rd, London NW8 8QN
To register, or for more info, contact Charlie Raven
Contact: charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or Phone:07956292046

Cricket articles page: https://blindsport.uk/CricketArticles,
Cricket Videos: https://blindsport.uk/CricketVids
Cricket Event list: https://blindsport.uk/CricketEvents

 

Tennis Tournament *cancelled *

Metro Blind Sport Tennis Tournament on 9 Feb 2020
Venue:
Islington Tennis Centre (ITC)Market Road, London N7 9PL
Time:
11.00 am - 6.00 pm
Phone:
07956292046
Date:
09th February 2020
Cost:
£5


Metro Tennis Tournament  Sunday 9th Feb 2020 is cancelled due  Storm Ciara!

“We are so sorry that the tournament has to be cancelled and we will look to re-arrange for later in the year. Thank you to all the players and volunteers for their support”

Martin Symcox

The Met Office has issued several National Severe Weather Warnings for strong winds and heavy rain brought by Storm Ciara throughout the weekend, including an Amber warning for much of England and Wales on Sunday.  Yellow wind and rain warnings have been issued for north-western parts of the UK on Saturday, followed by a yellow wind warning covering the whole UK for the entirety Sunday.  Named by the Met Office on Wednesday, Storm Ciara is currently tracking eastwards towards the UK and Ireland.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Frank Saunders, said:  “Storm Ciara will bring damaging winds and heavy rain across the UK this weekend and we have issued a range of severe weather warnings giving people time to prepare for potential impacts of the storm.

“Winds will increase through Saturday across Northern Ireland, Scotland, northern England and Wales, before turning very windy across the rest of UK through the early hours of Sunday morning.  Gusts of 50 to 60 mph are expected quite widely across inland areas, with even stronger gusts of 80mph or higher along coastal areas.”

Storm Ciara is expected to bring a range of impacts including delays and cancellations to air, ferry and train services; damage to buildings such as tiles blown from roofs and there is a good chance power cuts may occur. Furthermore there is a risk of large coastal waves and difficult driving conditions in heavy rain.

Guy Addington, Regional Water Safety Lead at the RNLI said: “This rough weather could making visiting our coasts around the UK and Ireland treacherous and bring very dangerous sea conditions.  Sadly, around 150 people accidentally lose their lives around UK and Irish waters each year and over half of these people didn’t plan on ever entering the water. Slips, trips and falls can be a major factor in these kinds of incidents.

“If you see someone else in danger in the water, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. If you have something that floats that they can hold on to, throw it to them. Don’t go in the water yourself – too many people drown trying to save others.”

Looking further ahead, Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders said:  “In the wake of Storm Ciara, it’ll remain unsettled and very windy across the UK and it’ll turn colder with wintry showers and ice an additional hazard, as we head into the new week. A wind and snow warning is in force for parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland on Monday as well as a further yellow wind warning in the south west of England.”

You can keep up to date with the latest forecast and warnings from the Met Office using our forecast pages and by following us on Twitter and Facebook, as well as using our mobile app which is available for iPhone from the App store and for Android from the Google Play store.

 

METRO TENNIS TOURNAMENT 2020

Date: Sunday 9 February 2020  Time:  11 am – 6 pm

Venue: Islington Tennis Centre Market Road, London N7 9PL

This event is open to current Metro members only aged 16+.

By popular demand, the day will consist of a B1 singles competition and a B2-B5 mixed doubles competition. Doubles partners will be drawn out of a hat.

Closing Date for receipt of entries:  Saturday 25 January 2020

Registration: 10:45 am to 11:15 am in the upstairs Gallery. Play will start promptly at 11:30 am and finish by 5 pm.  We have three courts booked; two will be set up for B2-B5 doubles, and one for B1 singles.  Meet and greet from Caledonian Road at 10.30 am. Please inform charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org if this is required.

 Trophies:  Trophies will be presented in the upstairs Gallery at 5 pm.

 Cost: £5 per player payable on the day.

Entry Form link:  https://blindsport.uk/TennisForm2020

Please return this form to steven.pilcher1@btinternet.com no later than Saturday 25 January 2020 

Tournament rules:

B1 players must wear eyeshades. These will be inspected by the umpires before play starts.

B1 players will be allowed up to 3 bounces, B2 up to 3 bounces, B3 up to 2 bounces and B4/B5 one bounce.

Dress code: White tops must be worn by all players.

Catering: Please bring your own water bottle.  A packed lunch will be provided for players, umpires and volunteers.

Volunteers:  Please let us know of any volunteers/umpires who are free to help on the day.  Please ask family, friends and colleagues.  Without their support, this day will not run smoothly. 

Competition format: We are hoping to play a round-robin format for B1 and B2-B5’s events.  This will be determined by the number of entries and will be confirmed nearer the time. We aim to have a schedule of play available one week prior to the tournament. We expect this event to be popular. In the event of having to restrict numbers, preference will be given in order of receipt of entries.

Please return this form to steven.pilcher1@btinternet.com no later than Saturday 25 January 2020 

If you would like to be met at Caledonian Road tube station on the day, know of volunteers willing to help, or for all general enquiries, please email Charlie Raven, charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org

Tennis Volunteers needed for the Metro Tennis Tournament – 9th Feb!

Linda Almond our amazing award-winning volunteering co-ordinator needs even more volunteers to help at the Metro Tennis Tournament on the 9th Feb 2020, and here is your chance to join Linda’s great team of volunteers!
So if you’re interested in trying out volunteering and helping with Blind and VI tennis in the Islington area, this is a great way to start.

Contact: Email: laalmond2018@gmail.com or Call +44 7775 894136