Monthly Archives: March 2021

Football: LMFC Training 6 April

London Metro FC Training session - A London Metro Futsal Club Team photo all smiling in front of the goal
Venue:
Score Centre, Oliver Road, London E10 5JY
Time:
6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
Phone:
07956292046
Date:
06th April 2021
Cost:
Free * Booking Required *


London Metro FC Training Sessions

Please check before travelling that this event is still taking place as events and dates can change.  https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

I am delighted to confirm that Metro Blind Sport is returning to football at the Score Centre in Leyton. Listed below are the guidelines for our return and I would kindly ask that you read these carefully. Should you have any questions about the information or require support in booking the sessions then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

COVID Arrangements: Score Centre Leyton

We are excited about restarting sessions at the Score Centre and want to make sure that players, volunteers and other helpers feel as safe and comfortable as possible.

There are some changes that are in place and we will follow rules and guidelines from the venue, these may be subject to change as we go along and we appreciate your patience and co-operation as we adapt to the situation.

New Football Arrangments – Please read

Download – Word: Football Arrangements

If you have any queries please let me know or speak to Charlie Raven before you attend or speak with Gareth Jones during the session.

Contact Details

Booking

It is essential to know the numbers in advance of who is coming. Please book your sessions so that we can gain relevant information for track and trace purposes. Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance.

Event Details

London Metro FC Training Session

Booking Required

Date: 6 April 2021   Time: 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Available places: 12

Venue: Score Centre, Oliver Road, London E10 5JY

Booking form Link:https://tinyurl.com/Footie6April

 

Contact: Charlie Email  charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or call 07956292046

 

Pre-screening

All participants and workforce should take the pre-screening questionnaire before leaving home –and keep the results for 21 days.

Members, coaches and volunteers must NOT attend if they:

Have Covid-19 symptoms. List of symptoms can be found here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

Have someone in their household who does have symptoms and is in isolation

Have been asked to remain at home by the UK Government track and trace system, or those that are in the clinically vulnerable group. Government advice is detailed here.

 

Pre-screening questionnaire

Before leaving the house to participate in activity, please check you:

Do not have symptoms of a high temperature (feeling hot, feeling cold, shivers, feeling under the weather).

Do not have a new persistent cough.

You have not got a loss of taste or smell.

You have not been in contact with a person with suspected COVID-19 within the past 48 hours.

You have not been advised to self-isolate due to a third party from another setting (i.e. school) that has been infected with COVID-19.

No-one within your household has COVID-19 symptoms as outlined above, which would require the whole household to go into isolation as guided by UK Government.

Individuals must not attend a session if any of the above are true.

 

Meet and Greet

We have always offered a meet and greet service for members for our football sessions from Leyton Tube Station. The current situation makes offering this service a challenge in the short term. Therefore, we would advise players to safely make their own way to the Score Centre wherever possible. If this is not possible then arrangements can be made. We will discuss guiding requirements with those players that have booked in to play 24 hours before the session, via email or text.

If guiding does occur to and from the station, this may be completed at differing times and may include verbal guiding.

The Score Centre requires players to enter the facility as a group and depart from the facility as a group. We ask that players, coaches and volunteers wait safely outside the front doors. Please note, the Score Centre includes other services, including a nursery, and other people may be waiting outside. 

Toilets and changing rooms

Only the toilet areas are in use and the changing rooms are closed, therefore we recommend that you get changed before leaving home and have secondary clothing to wear once training has finished. Lockers are available if required.


Hand Sanitising

There are several hand sanitising stations around the venue, but we ask you to bring your own, and encourage you to take advantage of drink breaks for regular hand sanitising. There is a wall-attached hand sanitising station on the right hand side as you enter the building. You are likely to be instructed by the centre staff to use this on entry.

Centre Changes

There is a one way system onto the courts, and the Score Centre have been asking customers to leave via the fire exits on court. Please not that this is quite dark and therefore please take extra care.

Spectators are not allowed.

Face Covering

It is not a requirement to wear a face covering at the Score Centre and advice is not to wear one whilst playing football, please do however feel free to wear one where you feel that social distancing is not able to be maintained. Face coverings will be required if guiding occurs to and from the tube station.

 

Equipment

Please ensure you bring your own equipment to use. Please ensure that footballs and other equipment is sanitised regularly.

 

Opt-in notice

By attending football sessions, you are personally opting into the session on the basis that you have received relevant information to make an informed choice. If you feel you do not have all the information required, please request further information, or do not attend.

Any person found deliberately or consistently breaking the guidance at the discretion of the Sport Leads or Metro Blind Sport staff set out by Metro Blind Sport will be asked to leave the activity with immediate effect.

In this instance details will be passed onto Metro Blind Sport as the organisation responsible for the measures in line with Government advice.

Summary

We look forward to seeing you all again, we hope these measures will enable you to enjoy the sessions, if unsure about anything please ask using the contact details below.

Martin Symcox
October 2020

Contact Details

 

 

Football: LMFC Training 30 March

London Metro FC Training session - A London Metro Futsal Club Team photo all smiling in front of the goal
Venue:
Score Centre, Oliver Road, London E10 5JY
Time:
6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
Phone:
07956292046
Date:
30th March 2021
Cost:
Free * Booking Required *


London Metro FC Training Sessions

Please check before travelling that this event is still taking place as events and dates can change.  https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

I am delighted to confirm that Metro Blind Sport is returning to football at the Score Centre in Leyton. Listed below are the guidelines for our return and I would kindly ask that you read these carefully. Should you have any questions about the information or require support in booking the sessions then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

COVID Arrangements: Score Centre Leyton

We are excited about restarting sessions at the Score Centre and want to make sure that players, volunteers and other helpers feel as safe and comfortable as possible.

There are some changes that are in place and we will follow rules and guidelines from the venue, these may be subject to change as we go along and we appreciate your patience and co-operation as we adapt to the situation.

New Football Arrangments – Please read

Download – Word: Football Arrangements

If you have any queries please let me know or speak to Charlie Raven before you attend or speak with Gareth Jones during the session.

Contact Details

Booking

It is essential to know the numbers in advance of who is coming. Please book your sessions so that we can gain relevant information for track and trace purposes. Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance.

Event Details

London Metro FC Training Session

Booking Required

Date: 30 March 2021   Time: 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Available places: 12

Venue: Score Centre, Oliver Road, London E10 5JY

Booking form Link: https://tinyurl.com/Footie30March

 

Contact: Charlie Email  charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or call 07956292046

 

Pre-screening

All participants and workforce should take the pre-screening questionnaire before leaving home –and keep the results for 21 days.

Members, coaches and volunteers must NOT attend if they:

Have Covid-19 symptoms. List of symptoms can be found here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

Have someone in their household who does have symptoms and is in isolation

Have been asked to remain at home by the UK Government track and trace system, or those that are in the clinically vulnerable group. Government advice is detailed here.

 

Pre-screening questionnaire

Before leaving the house to participate in activity, please check you:

Do not have symptoms of a high temperature (feeling hot, feeling cold, shivers, feeling under the weather).

Do not have a new persistent cough.

You have not got a loss of taste or smell.

You have not been in contact with a person with suspected COVID-19 within the past 48 hours.

You have not been advised to self-isolate due to a third party from another setting (i.e. school) that has been infected with COVID-19.

No-one within your household has COVID-19 symptoms as outlined above, which would require the whole household to go into isolation as guided by UK Government.

Individuals must not attend a session if any of the above are true.

 

Meet and Greet

We have always offered a meet and greet service for members for our football sessions from Leyton Tube Station. The current situation makes offering this service a challenge in the short term. Therefore, we would advise players to safely make their own way to the Score Centre wherever possible. If this is not possible then arrangements can be made. We will discuss guiding requirements with those players that have booked in to play 24 hours before the session, via email or text.

If guiding does occur to and from the station, this may be completed at differing times and may include verbal guiding.

The Score Centre requires players to enter the facility as a group and depart from the facility as a group. We ask that players, coaches and volunteers wait safely outside the front doors. Please note, the Score Centre includes other services, including a nursery, and other people may be waiting outside. 

Toilets and changing rooms

Only the toilet areas are in use and the changing rooms are closed, therefore we recommend that you get changed before leaving home and have secondary clothing to wear once training has finished. Lockers are available if required.


Hand Sanitising

There are several hand sanitising stations around the venue, but we ask you to bring your own, and encourage you to take advantage of drink breaks for regular hand sanitising. There is a wall-attached hand sanitising station on the right hand side as you enter the building. You are likely to be instructed by the centre staff to use this on entry.

Centre Changes

There is a one way system onto the courts, and the Score Centre have been asking customers to leave via the fire exits on court. Please not that this is quite dark and therefore please take extra care.

Spectators are not allowed.

Face Covering

It is not a requirement to wear a face covering at the Score Centre and advice is not to wear one whilst playing football, please do however feel free to wear one where you feel that social distancing is not able to be maintained. Face coverings will be required if guiding occurs to and from the tube station.

 

Equipment

Please ensure you bring your own equipment to use. Please ensure that footballs and other equipment is sanitised regularly.

 

Opt-in notice

By attending football sessions, you are personally opting into the session on the basis that you have received relevant information to make an informed choice. If you feel you do not have all the information required, please request further information, or do not attend.

Any person found deliberately or consistently breaking the guidance at the discretion of the Sport Leads or Metro Blind Sport staff set out by Metro Blind Sport will be asked to leave the activity with immediate effect.

In this instance details will be passed onto Metro Blind Sport as the organisation responsible for the measures in line with Government advice.

Summary

We look forward to seeing you all again, we hope these measures will enable you to enjoy the sessions, if unsure about anything please ask using the contact details below.

Martin Symcox
October 2020

Contact Details

 

 

Dance Dosti project awarded £44,000!

Dance Dosti project awarded £44,000

Dance Dosti: Get Down, Get Going dance project awarded £44,000

Metro Blind Sport, in partnership with inclusive dance company Step Change Studios and British Blind Sport, will launch a new inclusive dance project, thanks to a grant from the Vision Foundation of nearly £44,000.

The ‘Dance Dosti’ project will engage blind and partially sighted young people and adults from the Asian community to be active through dance.

Martin Symcox, CEO of Metro Blind Sport said: “People from the Asian community have reported greater inactivity, isolation and loss of independence as a result of Covid-19. For this reason, this new project specifically focuses on people from an Asian background.

“We are extremely grateful to Vision Foundation for its support with this project and delighted to be working alongside specialist dance organisation, Step Change Studios and British Blind Sport.”

Rashmi Becker, Founder of Step Change Studios said: “this grant is important recognition of the need to support people at greater disadvantage in our communities. Physical activity plays a critical role in improving health and wellbeing, yet data from Sport England has found greater reductions in activity levels among people from an Asian background, and Activity Alliance data has shown that disabled people are twice as likely as non-disabled people to be inactive.

‘Dance Dosti’ is a creative initiative that will promote physical activity and use the benefits of dance to bring people together and improve quality of life. The project combines different elements including home and community-based dance, engaging local partners and volunteers to support participation, and providing advice for dance and fitness providers on inclusive practice. We are excited to be working with Metro Blind Sport on this innovative project that is committed to tackling health and social inequalities.”

Olivia Curno, Chief Executive of the Vision Foundation, said, “The Vision Foundation supports projects that reflect the real issues impacting blind and partially sighted people. The pandemic has had a huge impact on the visually impaired community over the past year and we are committed to projects that address the isolation that people are experiencing.”

41% of the London population identifies as Asian or Black – 38% of which are in poverty;[1] Sport England highlights that gender inequality in sport and physical activity is more pronounced for Asian women and the sector has ‘failed to engaged women of different ethnic backgrounds’; [2]  ‘Dance Dosti’ will especially target girls and women, providing dance in different styles, languages, and both standing and seated dance options to cater for diverse needs.

On-demand online classes will be available from June this year. The community-based programmes will be piloted in five London boroughs from Autumn 2021: Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Newham, and Tower Hamlets. The project will monitor the impact of dance on a range of measures including mental and physical health, confidence, friendships, increasing independence and learning new skills.

Anyone interested in taking part in ‘Dance Dosti should email: contact@stepchangestudios.com

 

[1] https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/data/populations/ethnicity/

[2] Sport for All? January 2020. Sport England

 

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News & Events Update – 24 March 2021

Metro Blind Sport logo with a blue tinted spotlight behind it and a faded image of Martin Symcox and Rainbow Mbuangi over a photo of the house of Lords and the text saying Wednesday 24 March Weekly Events & News Update!

News & Events Update

This week we have more good news about activity resuming. It is great to share the positive information, and let’s hope this will continue.

Tennis

Tennis is coming back! Due to the exemption for disability sport announced last week for indoor activity, we can get back to sessions from Wednesday 14th and Friday 16th April, subject to the Government rubber-stamping the exemption. Islington Tennis Centre have provisionally booked us in. As soon as everything is confirmed, we will let members know.

Football

We are pleased to say that the football sessions at the Score Centre will be resuming shortly for the same exemption reasons. They will commence in April, and we are just finalising arrangements with the facility. As soon as the details are agreed upon, we will share the information with members.

 

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

Just a reminder for everyone, we start these sessions next week, and these are fully booked, which is excellent news.We have sessions running every week, so please do get in contact if you want to attend sessions in April. They will be on the following days:

  • Tuesday 6th April
  • Wednesday 7th April
  • Tuesday 13th April
  • Wednesday 14th April
  • Tuesday 20th April
  • Wednesday 21st April
  • Tuesday 27th April
  • Wednesday 28th April

There will be two time slots available on each of the days. Session 1 is from 9.30 am until 11 am, and session 2 is from 11.30 am until 1 pm.

If you are keen to come along to one or more of the sessions, then please email Martin. martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org

 

Audio Described Breathwork Practice with Claire Miller

Claire Miller is back doing some work for us, and this time we have shared an audio described de-stressing video. A perfect way to de-stress in only 10 minutes. Use it to get away from the screen and make well-being part of your day! Your mind and your eyes will thank you! Breathwork practice helps release mental, physical, and emotional stress and creates feelings of openness, peace, gratitude, clarity, communication, and connection.

Access the session here: https://youtu.be/CGqzDlB6SLA

 

Bowls

Last week we mentioned the bowls sessions starting at Paddington Bowls Centre after 12th April for outdoor bowls. Due to the recent changes, we may secure some indoor bowling, and we are investigating options now.

Thanks to Sport England funding, we have secured several memberships to the bowls centre so that playing is free of charge. We will keep the bowls players updated on the details of reopening when we get further information.

If new players would be keen to try bowls, then please get in touch with Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org, and we can invite you along for a game.

 

Shape up with Spurs

Sessions continue on Zoom on Wednesday’s at 2 pm. If you wish to register interest or find out more, please contact:

Adam Millar  07392091327 Adam.millar@tottenhamhotspur.com

 

British Blind Sport

 Along with their inclusive coaches, British Blind Sport have developed audio-led workouts, covering a wide range of activities such as Yoga, Pilates, HIIT, Boxercise and Strength Training as part of their Active at Home Programme.

Find out all of the details of the live session by clicking herehttps://britishblindsport.org.uk/the-active-at-home-programme/

  

Sense

Sense Active offer a range of inclusive sport and physical activities. They work with experienced instructors and providers who aim to make each session enjoyable, accessible, inclusive and fun. Please contact for booking sense.active@sense.org.uk, but a link to the activities can be found here.

https://tinyurl.com/SenseOnline

 

Walking Programme

We have had a good response from people interested in taking part in our walks in London parks. We are continuing to make the necessary arrangements, but in the meantime, if you might want to join us, then please email martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org to register your interest.

 

News Items

  

Metro at the House of Lords!

 Last week Martin Symcox, Metro Blind Sport CEO, was invited to give evidence at the House of Lords National Sport and Recreation Committee. Martin was in a breakout room with Lord Addington, Baroness Morris and Baroness Brady.

The committee was appointed to consider the effectiveness of current sport and recreation policies and initiatives and the case for a national plan for sport and recreation.

Before the Meeting, Martin contacted a few of our members to get their views. A huge thank you to all who provided their feedback.

Armed with the positive evidence on what sport can help achieve. Martin highlighted the key issues facing young, visually impaired people regarding sport and physical activity directly to the house of Lords.

  • Improve societies awareness and understanding that sight loss isn’t a barrier to participation in, engagement with or enjoyment of sport or physical activity.
  • Increase the skills and knowledge of local sports organisations, providers and facilities about sight loss to make participation in sport and physical activity more accessible and inclusive.
  • Increase the confidence of blind and partially sighted people to take part in sport or get active.

Rainbow Mbuangi, a young man from St. Vincent’s school, joined Martin and shared how his confidence grew considerably since fully partaking in a range of sports he couldn’t previously!  Now Rainbow is a Merseyside Blind and Visually Impaired Football Club player and part of the England Blind Football squad.

It was a rewarding experience for both Martin and Rainbow as they engaged the Lord’s Committee in the issues faced, and it is pleasing to know that they are keen to find solutions.

What happens next?

 The committee has been receiving written and oral evidence since December and continue to do so. Historically, evidence committee’s produce a report for the Government based on their findings.  We will update you when we know more.

 

Facebook

Our numbers are growing on the Metro Blind Sport Facebook page. We encourage you to get involved with our new Facebook page, perhaps sharing your results of the weekly challenge with us, link below or sharing any other activity that you might be doing.

This weeks exercise challenge is ” How many Ball Taps can you do in the 30 Seconds?” Described & demonstrated by inclusive sports coach Mark Bullock!  Link: https://youtu.be/f09jzs2yaUo

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

 

Lawrence Gunther Podcast

Lawrence is a visually impaired blogger in Canada. Join Lawrence for the latest outdoor lifestyle news, environmental issues, outdoor tech reviews, and tips on exploring the outdoors with a guide dog.

http://blindsport.uk/OutdoorLG

 

 An online workshop for better access to outdoor activities

The researchers at University College London need help to understand better the outdoor activities of interest to blind and partially sighted people.

They are running an online workshop to explore ways to improve access to outdoor spaces and activities for the blind community in east London. They welcome blind and partially sighted people interested in sharing their experience and explore the challenges of accessing outdoor activities. The workshop will co-create ideas of technologies, resources and design outdoor leisure, sports, arts, and cultural activities for the disabled community in east London and beyond.

This workshop will be run online over Microsoft Teams on 1st April 2021 and will last approximately 3 hours. There will be multiple facilitators to support equal participation during the workshop. Once registered, participants will be invited to take a short screening survey before the workshop. Participants will be compensated £40 for their time.

This workshop is part of Maryam Bandukda’s PhD research at University College London Interaction Centre and Global Disability Innovation Hub. Maryam’s research explores open space engagement of blind and partially sighted people (details on http://maryambandukda.net).

Full details here: https://tinyurl.com/m5m7r6ky

Who can participate in this study?

The ideal participants for this workshop are:

  • people who are blind or partially sighted by birth or have lost sight later in life
  • age 18 and above residents Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest
  • familiar with online meeting platform Microsoft Teams (optional)

 

 

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