Monthly Archives: January 2021

Trustee Spotlight: Nick Ebbeck

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Trustee Spotlight: Nick Ebbeck

Nick Ebbeck is the newest of our trustees and we are lucky to have him, Nick has spent most of his career working in Human Resources, mainly in the UK and Australia!

He has also travelled extensively for work and has held many roles over this time, mainly in the compensation area, for national and international companies.

Nick is visually impaired and began losing his sight in his twenties. When not playing cricket, more on that below, he spends his time with his wife and two young daughters and enjoys general fitness, travel and gardening.

There is no doubt that Nicks favourite sport is cricket!

Nick Ebbeck about to bowl

Nick became involved with Metro through attending the VI cricket nets at Lords and has been a committed Metro cricketer ever since.

Not only does Nick play cricket whenever he can, but now assists with the running of the two Metro cricket teams. He is a passionate believer in how sport can improve the confidence, wellbeing and lives of blind and visually impaired people.

You can listen to Nick talk about his experiences with Metro and playing cricket in the audio podcast below. Enjoy!

Nick Ebbeck Talks about Playing Blind Cricket

Nick Ebbeck talks about playing Blind Cricket with Charlie Raven our sports development officer in the audio podcast below. Recorded at the Oval cricket nets session – 12 January 2019

If you are feeling inspired to try VI cricket,  please do contact Charlie Email: Charlie Raven  Tel no.07508958927 or chat directly to our cricket sport lead, Rory Field, Email: Rory Field  Tel no. 0774 232 3224

Metro Cricket Players and the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy

Metro Cricket Players and the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Photographer Stephan Gardiner

Hopefully, we all can get back to the nets for some proper cricket practice as soon as possible! When we get the all-clear!   Check below for quick links to some of our cricket content!

Cricket page | Cricket Videos | Cricket Audio Podcasts | Cricket Galleries

 

Metro Blind Sports Links & Social Networks

Get all the latest blind & partially sighted event information & news as soon as we do!

Metro Blind Sport  Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  LinkedIn

 

News & Online Event Update – 27 Jan 2021

Event and News Update 27 Jan 2021

Here is your updated opportunities and news from Metro Blind Sport.
Take the time to have a read through and see how you can get active this week. There are a few really interesting news items to read through as well.

 Facebook  

We are really excited to announce that we have launched our Metro Blind Sport Facebook page. We intend to post regular information on to the Facebook page and this page complements our other social media activity on Twitter and Instagram. We encourage you to get involved with our new Facebook page, perhaps sharing your results of the weekly challenge with us, or chatting with friends you may have come in contact with through Metro Blind Sport activity.

To visit the Facebook page please follow this link and give us a follow and a like! https://www.facebook.com/metroblindsport

 

Weekly challenge

As we mentioned last week, we are setting Metro Blind Sport members a small challenge to stay active each week. With the help of Mark Bullock, we will be sending out a link to a short video that will demonstrate the challenge. The video is only one minute, and the activities are all a bit of fun. Please get involved and share your achievements on social media. Don’t forget to mention Metro Blind Sport when you post something.

The second challenge is ‘Figures of Eight.
Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/2FALOZYIwZ4

 

London Pulse

London Pulse Netball who play in the Vitality Netball Superleague have kindly invited 5 of our members to join some of the online sessions from their Educate Train Inspire Programme. This is an amazing opportunity to benefit from the London Pulse programme, which means you can listen to Vitality Netball Superleague athletes’ stories about “What it takes”

There are two fantastic Zoom sessions detailed below that are available:

  • What it takes to become an elite athlete – 3rd February at 1pm and hosted by Lefebre Rademan, London Pulse and South Africa’s Goal Attack
  • Performance and hydration – 10th February at 6.45pm and hosted by Paul Moloney and iPRO

Signing up to these sessions are on a first come, first served basis so if you are keen to attend then please email Martin by the 31st January via martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

 

Shape up with Spurs

Sessions continue on Zoom on Wednesday’s at 2pm if you wish to register interest or find out more please contact: Adam Millar Call on 07392091327 or email:  Adam.millar@tottenhamhotspur.com

To find our what our members have said about these sessions please visit https://blindsport.uk/VirtualExercise

 

Get Yourself Active at Home

This week the ‘Get Yourself Active at Home’ workouts are again led by Metro Blind Sport coach, Mark Bullock.  Subscribe to their YouTube channel to watch the videos https://blindsport.uk/GYAYoutube

 

Yoga

Our four online Chair Yoga session with Claire Miller remain available. View them and all our sport videos on our YouTube page http://bit.ly/MetroBlindSportYouTube

 

Venture Force: Everest Base Camp for the Visually Impaired

Venture Force are providers of first class, extraordinary, and life-changing expeditions to destinations around the world. In 2019 they launched a concept that they now call ‘Challenge Expeditions’.  These expeditions challenge a mixed team of visually impaired and sighted participants to work together to achieve a shared goal. They are now seeking to progress a second Challenge Expedition team to Everest Base Camp in Nov 2023 where both visually impaired and sighted clients will work together to complete the trek to Everest Base Camp. They would love to find more visually impaired participants who want to take up their expedition challenge.

Further details of the expedition and the costs can be found on their website via this link: https://www.ventureforce.co.uk/accessible-everest-trekking/

 

Disability Sports Coach

There is lots of awesome stuff out there but it can be a bit overwhelming to find the best option for your needs. Disability Sports Coach have tried to make it as easy as possible with their directories of opportunities. They have live sessions and recorded sessions available and activities include fun for all the family.
https://www.accesssport.org.uk/plain-text-versions

 

News Items

Sport England

Sport England have pulled together a range of tips and tools employers can use to support the health and wellbeing of their employees through physical activity. The toolkit provides advice, tips and shareable resources so teams can build more movement into their working day. Find out more here https://www.sportengland.org/campaigns-and-our-work/active-employee-toolkit.

 

Croydon Vision

Croydon Vision invites you to join them for a free live Zoom event on the 5 February at 10am, register, join them and you will be inspired by their fantastic speakers and have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about how blind and partially sighted people adapt to the work environment and the support available to employers.
Follow the link to register and book your FREE place: http://blindsport.uk/Diversity

 

Merton Sports and Social Club

Merton Sports and Social Club sent out their newsletter this week and it was full of opportunities and information, including their monthly quiz on the 2nd February, the tandem loan scheme and sessions promoting positive wellbeing. For more information visit: https://www.metroblindsport.org/mssc-events/

 

Stargardt’s

It is so important to be able to connect with others and the Zoom sessions are a great way to do just this. Stargardt’s first session of the year will be an informal one where people will be able to chat to others affected by Stargardt’s. Anyone affected by Stargardt’s can join, whether you have Stargardt’s yourself, are a parent with a child with Stargardt’s or have another family member with Stargardt’s.

For joining instructions, please email Bhavna Tailor on stargardts183@gmail.com.

 

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

 

Metro Blind Sports Links & Social Networks

Get all the latest blind & partially sighted event information & news as soon as we do!

Metro Blind Sport  Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  LinkedIn

 

MSSC Quiz and Upcoming Online Events!

MSSC Quiz and a list of Upcoming Online Events!

Our friends at Merton Sports and Social Club (MSSC) have shared a Plethora of online events in their latest News Bulletin. MSSC Website: http://www.mssc.org.uk | Twitter: @MertonMssc

For example, why not test your general Knowledge at the Monthly Virtual MSSC Quiz?

 

Merton Sport and Social Club February Quiz

The next monthly  MSSC virtual quiz will take place between 7.00 pm and 8.00 pm on Tuesday 2nd February. Why not join MSSC for some light-hearted fun and a chance to catch up with fellow MSSC members?

Support is available if you would like help to set up Zoom on your phone, tablet or computer in advance.  A link to join on the evening will be sent to you by email.

Please book your place in good time by emailing Bev Williamson Email: membership@mssc.org.uk.

 

Croydon Vision’s Fit and Fabulous programme for women

This takes place every Thursday from 2pm to 3.00pm.  This series of fitness classes will include exercises to stretch, build your strength, relax and take away any stress as well as boost your energy and make you feel good.  All the exercises are really well described so you will not need to see the facilitator.  You can join by zoom or by using a USB stick just like the talking news.

To find out more or to register for these free classes, email Fitandfab@croydonvision.org.uk or phone 020 8688 2486.

 

Distant Socialising and Promoting Positive Wellbeing

Two organisations, Eye Matter and Beyond Sight Loss have combined forces to offer a range of virtual activities to support vision impaired individuals and promote positive well-being.

They are proud to present the following weekly groups and meetings:

  • Monday 3 pm – 4 pm – Surviving to Thriving – Helping your mental well-being with a Solution Focused Approach.
  • Tuesday 6 pm – 8 pm – Social followed by activities.
  • Wednesday 11 am – Cookery with VI tips.
  • Thursday 5 pm – Beyond Sight Loss, discussion with Ashrafia Choudhury.
  • Friday 11 am –1 pm Social group followed by activities including:

 Body conditioning, Neurobics, Zumba, salsa, comedy, quizzes, meditation and mindfulness.

Tuesday and Friday activities change each week.

On Tuesday 26th January, singer, Sarah Wade (Winner of Eastbourne’s got talent2020) will perform a concert of popular songs.  Join us at 6 pm for the usual hour’s social, followed by an hour of songs you will recognise and love.

All of the above events and groups are held on the Zoom platform and are accessible via mobile, landline or computer.

The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2599114264

Or to join in by phone, call 0208 080 6591 and use ID 2599114264, followed by the hash (#) key. You will then be asked for your participant number, press hash (#) again and you will then be put into our waiting room; we will let you in as soon as we notice you are there!

 

VALENTINES BLIND DATING EXTRAVAGANZA

Eye Matter is delighted to be holding a virtual speed dating evening from 7 pm to 9 pm on Saturday 13th February.

This is a callout to all you single people, with low vision or no sight, to bring yourselves and your single friends along to our valentine’s extravaganza.  Breakout rooms will be provided for 5 minutes for each couple.

Please preregister by emailing eyemattervi@gmail.com

 

VI GROUP FOR ANXIETY AND LOW MOOD

This is a weekly online discussion group on Thursday evenings for visually impaired people, using mindfulness techniques and gentle movement for the relief of tension and stress.

Learn to be with difficult thoughts, learn how to find compassion for yourself and others.

For further information, please contact Dr Lisa Greenspan
(Chartered Counselling Psychologist) at lisagreenspantherapy.com
theLAPIS.co.uk

 

Metro Blind Sports Links & Social Networks

Get all the latest blind & partially sighted event information & news as soon as we do!

Metro Blind Sport  Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  LinkedIn

 

Free Online VI Gentle Exercise & Zumba

Free Online VI Gentle Exercise & Zumba with Illuminate Freedom

Free Online VI Gentle Exercise & Zumba with
Illuminate Freedom

Online VI Gentle Exercise -Free!

When: Beginning January 2021
Thursdays – 6:30-8 pm (for six weeks)
Fridays – 2:00-3:30 pm (for twelve weeks)
Where: Online, Using the platform, Zoom
Cost: FREE

Gentle exercise stills the mind! That’s right, our gentle exercise session aims to ground, centre and soothe your body and mind, something that is needed now more than ever during these trying times and so many lock-downs. Our motivational class helps to gently improve balance, strength, posture and fitness and can help keep your body moving at a time when we are having to stay at home.

We use your body weight and falls management techniques to help people learn more about their bodies, avoid poor posture and reduce trips and falls. This class leaves people feeling stronger, healthier and happier. Check-in, share how your week is going and let us do the rest!

 To book:
If you would like to join one, two or all of our sessions, please register your interest with Jaimee at connect@illuminatefreedom.org.

 

Online VI Zumba – FREE!

When:  Beginning January 2020
Tuesdays – 6:00-7:30 pm (for twelve weeks)
Wednesdays – 2:00-3:30 pm (for six weeks)
Where: Online, Using the platform, Zoom
Cost: FREE

Join us for our funky fiesta Zumba – Ay, Ay, Ay, Caramba! All you VI Zumba veterans know what this joyous sound means! It’s great to celebrate the start of a new week and then the coming weekend but even better celebrating it together, dancing. If you’re new to the party, VI Zumba is our Latin inspired, gentle yet exhilarating dance fitness session. These sessions allow blind and partially sighted men and women of all ages and abilities to enjoy and improve their health through movement. Lose weight, gain muscular strength, get fitter, meet new friends and have fun!
Booking details below.

 To book:
If you would like to join one, two or all of our sessions, please register your interest with Jaimee at connect@illuminatefreedom.org.

 

 

MSSC Quiz and Upcoming Online Events!

MSSC Quiz and a list of Upcoming Online Events!

Our friends at Merton Sports and Social Club (MSSC) have shared a Plethora of online events in their latest News Bulletin. MSSC Website: http://www.mssc.org.uk | Twitter: @MertonMssc

For example, why not test your general Knowledge at the Monthly Virtual MSSC  Quiz?

Merton Sport and Social Club February Quiz

The next monthly  MSSC virtual quiz will take place between 7.00 pm and 8.00 pm on Tuesday 2nd February. Why not join MSSC for some light-hearted fun and a chance to catch up with fellow MSSC members?

Support is available if you would like help to set up Zoom on your phone, tablet or computer in advance.  A link to join on the evening will be sent to you by email.

Please book your place in good time by emailing Bev Williamson Email: membership@mssc.org.uk.

Croydon Vision’s Fit and Fabulous programme for women

This takes place every Thursday from 2pm to 3.00pm.  This series of fitness classes will include exercises to stretch, build your strength, relax and take away any stress as well as boost your energy and make you feel good.  All the exercises are really well described so you will not need to see the facilitator.  You can join by zoom or by using a USB stick just like the talking news.

To find out more or to register for these free classes, email Fitandfab@croydonvision.org.uk or phone 020 8688 2486.

 

Distant Socialising and Promoting Positive Wellbeing

Two organisations, Eye Matter and Beyond Sight Loss have combined forces to offer a range of virtual activities to support vision impaired individuals and promote positive well-being.

They are proud to present the following weekly groups and meetings:

  • Monday 3 pm – 4 pm – Surviving to Thriving – Helping your mental well-being with a Solution Focused Approach.
  • Tuesday 6 pm – 8 pm – Social followed by activities.
  • Wednesday 11 am – Cookery with VI tips.
  • Thursday 5 pm – Beyond Sight Loss, discussion with Ashrafia Choudhury.
  • Friday 11 am –1 pm Social group followed by activities including:

 Body conditioning, Neurobics, Zumba, salsa, comedy, quizzes, meditation and mindfulness.

Tuesday and Friday activities change each week.

On Tuesday 26th January, singer, Sarah Wade (Winner of Eastbourne’s got talent2020) will perform a concert of popular songs.  Join us at 6 pm for the usual hour’s social, followed by an hour of songs you will recognise and love.

All of the above events and groups are held on the Zoom platform and are accessible via mobile, landline or computer.

The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2599114264

Or to join in by phone, call 0208 080 6591 and use ID 2599114264, followed by the hash (#) key. You will then be asked for your participant number, press hash (#) again and you will then be put into our waiting room; we will let you in as soon as we notice you are there!

 

VALENTINES BLIND DATING EXTRAVAGANZA

Eye Matter is delighted to be holding a virtual speed dating evening from 7 pm to 9 pm on Saturday 13th February.

This is a callout to all you single people, with low vision or no sight, to bring yourselves and your single friends along to our valentine’s extravaganza.  Breakout rooms will be provided for 5 minutes for each couple.

Please preregister by emailing eyemattervi@gmail.com

 

VI GROUP FOR ANXIETY AND LOW MOOD

This is a weekly online discussion group on Thursday evenings for visually impaired people, using mindfulness techniques and gentle movement for the relief of tension and stress.

Learn to be with difficult thoughts, learn how to find compassion for yourself and others.

For further information, please contact Dr Lisa Greenspan
(Chartered Counselling Psychologist) at lisagreenspantherapy.com
theLAPIS.co.uk