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Cricket Fixture List 20/21

Metro Cricket Team

20/21 Metro and Metro Devils Fixture List

Provisional fixture list availability below for 2021 assuming we’re good to go.

*Please check before travelling that these event are still taking place as events and dates can change

Metro cricket team 2021

  • 08 May  – M (League) v Northants
  • 15 May – Lancs v M (League)
  • 22 May – M (League) v Somerset
  • 05 Jun – Somerset v M (Cup QF)
  • 19 Jun – M (Leauge) v Lancs
  • 26/27 Jun – Reserve – Reserve
  • 03 Jul – M (Cup SF) v Chesh/Lancs
  • 17 Jul – Northants v M (League)
  • 31 Jul – M (T/20 QF) v Sussex
  • 21 Aug – Somerset v M (League)
  • 04 Sep – M (Cup F)
  • 18 Sep – M (T/20 SF & F)


Metro Devils Team 2021

  • 24 Apr –  MD League v Surrey
  • 13 Jun –  Glouc v MD (League)
  • 26, 26 Jun –  Reserve Reserve
  • 11 Jul –  Hamps v MD (T/20 QF)
  • 25 Jul –  Hamps v MD (Leauge)
  • 01 Aug –  Dorset v MD (T/20 SF)
  • 22 Aug –  Berks v MD (League)
  • 28 Aug –  MD (League) v Dorset
  • 04 Sept –  Reserve Reserve
  • 05 Sept –  MD (T/20 F)
  • 11/12 Sept –  Dev Festival Dev Festival

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LTA: Disability Tennis Competitions 2021 Update!

Two photos one of a tennis player returning the ball mid height, the other of players and a volunteer shaking hands over the net with the LTA logo top left all above a blue background with stacks of tennis balls, text says LTA: Vision Impaired Tennis National Final 2022 Update!

As you can imagine with varying restrictions across the UK at the moment it has been tricky to finalise a competition calendar. Understandably many venues don’t want to commit to any events early in the year due to uncertainties, so you will notice most events start a little later than usual.

Below are the events booked in so far, more dates will be added in the New Year and thank you very much for your patience on this. All dates are provisional and are subject to change depending on lockdown restrictions in 2021.

Dates and well as entry links will be added to the Disability Competitions Calendar which can be found here:


Learning Disability

  • 20-21 February

Leeds Learning Disability Tennis Competition

JCCS Tennis Centre

  • TBC

Gosling Learning Disability Tennis Competition

  • TBC

Wrexham Learning Disability Tennis Competition

  • 29-30 May

Bradfield Learning Disability Tennis Competition

Bradfield College


Visually Impaired

  • 10-11th April

Newport Visually Impaired Tennis Tournament

Newport Tennis Centre (NP19 4RA)

  • 17-18th April (provisional, trying to move as its close to Newport Event)

Loughborough Visually Impaired Tennis Tournament

Loughborough University

  • TBC

Newcastle Visually Impaired Tennis Tournament

  • 5-6th June (provisional)

Brighton Visually Impaired Tennis Tournament

Virgin Active, Brighton



  • 20-21 March

Newport Wheelchair Tennis Tournament

Newport Tennis Centre (NP19 4RA)

  • 10-11th April

Loughborough Wheelchair Tennis Tournament

Loughborough University

  • 8-9th May

Taunton Wheelchair Tennis Tournament

Taunton Tennis Club


Claire McCulloch
Disability Competitions Co-ordinator



Ride Side-by-Side: Bikeworks and Metro!

Ride Side-by-Side with Bikeworks and Metro Blind Sport

Ride Side-by-Side with Bikeworks and Metro Blind Sport

We are delighted that we have teamed up with Bikeworks to deliver a new inclusive cycling project from early 2021.

 The project idea

This project is about getting blind and partially people around the areas of West London by pedalling (or choosing not to pedal) on Side-by-Side e-cycles, making trips of their choice, solving their transport problems, having a social interaction, and most importantly, getting some exercise.

Metro Blind Sport have partnered with Bikeworks, to deliver the Ride Side-by-Side project to enable local blind and partially sighted residents within the boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and the east of Ealing to make short trips, to keep appointments, visit the shops or make social visits on a Side-By-Side cycle, accompanied by a trained rider (pilot).

It will enable the participants to not only improve physical fitness, but equally, to develop peer support and networks.

When will the project take place?

The project will initially run for two half days a week for 26 weeks. Days will be confirmed early in the New Year. On each day between 1-3 people will be taken out for 1.5-hour slots. Two slots will be available on each day potentially offering the service to up to 6 people a day and 12 people a week.

Up to three people can travel together (plus the Pilot) since the project cycles can be joined together to make a cycling bus. This means the service can be booked by a group of friends to get people to and from a specific event such as a lunch club, or simply to do activity together.

This is an active, healthy alternative to travel by private car, bus, or taxi. This shift in travel modes supports the expansion of cycling routes in and around London.

Who can take part?

The project will be promoted to Metro Blind Sport members, but we welcome blind and partially sighted non-members to take part as well. Although the project will be based in West London, members from all over London are welcome to come and have a go.

The cycle is based very near to Latimer Road tube station, on the Circle and Hammersmith and Fulham underground lines, making it an accessible meeting location.

How will I book?

People will be able to book a 1.5-hour slot by phone or online. The pilot will pick people up from their homes or meet them at their home or at a mutually convenient place and take them on a trip of their choice. Booking details will be available early in the New Year.


We are extremely grateful to The Edward Gostling Foundation for their support with this project. Due to their funding we can offer this project without a charge to participants.

 Benefits to participants

Overall, our project will help those with visual impairments to;

  • Be active/healthy
  • Improve your mental health
  • Heighten your confidence
  • Increase your independence

This project will enable people who are blind and partially sighted to take part in an accessible activity which is proved to have many physical health benefits. Through this programme we envisage that participants physical health and their physical mobility will be improved.

Bikeworks delivered a pilot in Hackney last year, offering an active travel mobility option to make short trips either for appointments, to visit the shops, to visit friends and family, or for leisure and exercise.


Mohammed (30):

I was pretty excited, I was not expecting this set-up, I’ve never seen this thing before. I was a little anxious, I wasn’t sure I would be able to pedal it and I didn’t know there was a motor, but when that became clear [that I didn’t have to pedal]

I was feeling much relaxed, it was very well organised and controlled throughout, I felt safe and will remember this experience for a long time, I was very happy.

Amira (74):

I felt very good, fresh, relaxed, comfortable and safe, activity is very important, it’s important to go out and socialise and this bike can help.

Mavis (79):

I enjoyed it, it lifted my spirits, I was feeling good, excited, I was ringing the bell and waving my hands and saying hello to everyone who passed by, and they smiled with me and I smiled with them, it was quite sociable. I didn’t want to get off the bike at the end. We’d like to have it more often, and we like the friendly chauffeur!

Jaz (55):

I thought it was brilliant, a bit short, we only went round the block, but it brought back memories of when I was able to ride a bike as a child, it felt liberating, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I felt tired but good, this is something I can do, it felt comfortable and safe, and good that somebody else was in control. 


COVID-19 restrictions have been considered for this project. Particularly with regards to social distancing.

Bikeworks has developed Covid-19 delivery guidance for all its inclusive cycling projects. Some key mitigation points include:

  • Pre-registration required for track and trace purposes
  • People will be asked about their health when booking the service and before riding to ascertain if they have any Covid 19 symptoms. Anyone displaying symptoms will not be allowed to ride
  • Side by Side cycles must be wiped down with sterilising spray at the start of the day and between each rider
  • Where the cycle with two units is used the rider will sit in the rear cycle and the pilot in the front. Two riders from the same household or bubble will sit next to each other in the rear unit
  • Where a single unit is used the rider will sit next to the Pilot. Both the pilot and rider will wear masks and protective shields. They will be offered gloves though this is not compulsory since the cycles will be sterilised between each rider
  • Use of trailer add-on for additional distancing

As a deliverer of regular sport and physical activity for blind and partially people, Metro Blind Sport would supplement any Bikeworks training to include methods of guiding blind and partially sighted people without touch.

Next steps?

If you are keen to come along then please let me know by emailing We will then register your interest and contact you early in the New Year with all the booking details and the days and times that the sessions are running.

Have a happy Christmas and New Year. 




#TellYourStory – Campaign!

#TellYourStory - Sport England Ireland Scotland & Wales

#TellYourStory – Sport England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, UK Sport & Wales!

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Around 600 Black, Asian and minority ethnic people will be given the opportunity to tell their story of racial inequality in sport as the five UK sports councils begin their lived experiences audit.

In September Sport England along with UK Sport,  Sport Scotland, Sport Wales and Sport Northern Ireland were joining forces to tackle racism and racial inequalities across their nations.

The aim was to develop a collective plan to help build a sporting community that’s reflective of the societies they represent. And part of that announcement was a commitment to making a safe space for Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people to recount their experiences of racial inequality.

The campaign will run until Monday 15 February 2021 and you can take part using the link below


The alliance of sports councils has now appointed AKD Solutions to create a lived experiences opportunity and launched the #TellYourStory campaign, asking people to share their knowledge and understanding of accessing, being involved in, or being excluded from sport.

The Sport Industry Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University has also been appointed to bring together existing data on race and ethnicity in sport, to identify gaps within these records and gain greater insight into participation and progression barriers.

Both pieces of work will make clear recommendations for change that the sports councils can then take forward.

“No matter what your background, you should always feel able to take part, to feel welcome and to feel safe in sport at any level,” said Tim Hollingsworth, our chief executive.

“But for too long, deep-rooted issues have led to racial inequalities and racism going unchecked and the voices of those who have been most affected have been silenced or ignored.

“This is finally changing and part of our work as the leaders of the UK’s five sports councils is to be part of that change and to gather a clear picture of where we are today and to fully understand what people have experienced.

“This project is an important next step and I am delighted we are taking it.”

Through the #TellYourStory campaign, 600 personal stories will be collected via virtual forums and stories submitted to the campaign’s website – either in written, audio or video form.


For too long, deep-rooted issues have led to racial inequalities and racism going unchecked and the voices of those who have been most affected have been silenced or ignored

Tim Hollingsworth

Chief executive, Sport England

These opportunities will allow BAME people to speak frankly about their experiences, including historical and present-day issues, in a safe environment and without criticism or prejudice.

It’s a move welcomed by UK Sport chief executive officer Sally Munday.

“Creating the opportunity to hear lived experiences is a much needed and fundamental step in doing everything we can to stamp out racism and build a sporting community that truly reflects the diversity of our society,” she said.

“We’re offering the platform for necessary changes to be made to ensure the sport we all know and love is truly inclusive.

“The campaign offers a safe space for those we need to hear from most to be open and honest and through this we will be presented with clear learnings and recommendations for change.

“The outcomes of the #TellYourStory campaign and the work undertaken by the Sport Industry Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University will allow us to be in a place to better understand and engage on the issues of racism and racial inequality that exist in our sector and act as a result.

“We recognise that while individually each sports council has sought to tackle the issue, it has not gone far enough or been done collectively. Working in partnership as sports councils, we are determined to take the lead and drive the change we want to see.”

The data study undertaken by the Sport Industry Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University will focus on the workforce in sport, from volunteers to the paid workforce and senior leadership, as well as participants in sport – from grassroots to talent and high-performance.

Both pieces of work are expected to be completed by March, after which they’ll be consolidated to produce a final report and a roadmap for action as part of the Tackling Racism & Racial Inequality in Sport initiative.

The campaign will run until Monday 15 February 2021 and you can take part using the link below



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