Our return to play has continued strongly in the past week. Attendances at the activities that we have been running continue to be positive. Check out the latest on offer this week.
Now that we are back on court, we have decided to stop the online sessions. We want to thank Mark and Linda for their support and coaching with these sessions and the players who joined in. Online activity started just after the first lockdown, and we are pleased to have provided this service for so long.
We will return on court in the second week in May, so please use the links below to book your place.
If you are interested in playing for the first time, please contact Lucy firstname.lastname@example.org 07956 292046. It has been terrific to see new members come along since we have restarted tennis.
The Metro Blind Sport bowls sessions will be continuing at the Paddington Sports Club every Thursday at 3 pm for those that want to join a friendly game. The new venue has been very welcoming, and the players have settled in nicely to the sports club.
If you are interested in playing for the first time, newcomers are very much welcome to come along and try bowls. Please contact Charlie email@example.com 07956 292046.
The sessions for partially sighted players are occurring every Tuesday evening at the Score Centre from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm
Please book in advance using the link below. Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance.
If you are interested in playing, Please contact Charlie firstname.lastname@example.org 07956 292046 or Gareth Jones email@example.com.
The team are always hoping to invite new Metro Blind Sport members to play the game, and we invite any new players to come along to a training session and a net session at Highgate Woods. These sessions occur every Tuesday at 5.30 pm.
The Metro Devils congregated at Highgate Woods on Saturday for the first practise session as a team since September 2019. You wouldn’t have known it. Metro scorer, Paul Toplis, organised the players into pairs, and everyone got a chance to bat and bowl on a typically windy afternoon on the slope of the home pitch.
The players are keen for the season and the competitive matches to start. You can read more about their practice session here: https://blindsport.uk/CricketInTheWoods
We welcome players who have never played before or perhaps haven’t played for some time. If you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions, please contact our Sport Lead for cricket, Rory Field firstname.lastname@example.org 07742 323224 or contact Lucy email@example.com 07956 292046.
Ride Side-by-Side with Bikeworks and Metro Blind Sport
It has been a few weeks since we started this new project, so I wrote a short article about the project with input from people who have attended and from our partner organisation, Bikeworks. You can read the article here: http://blindsport.uk/5WeeksCycling
If you want to have a go, then get in contact. You can come along by yourself or arrange to bring along a friend or family member. This is precisely, what happened last week when Marvel came along with her two sons. You can book in for one session or a series of sessions, and the great news is, the sessions are all free! The sessions in May will be on the following days:
- Tuesday 4 May
- Wednesday 5 May
- Tuesday 11 May
- Wednesday 12 May
- Tuesday 18 May
- Wednesday 19 May
- Tuesday 25 May
- Wednesday 26 May
There will be two time slots available for you to choose from 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 would like to join a session, please contact Nikki Ray from Bikeworks Nikki.Ray@bikeworks.org.uk 07833757954.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
The regular weekly group runs have restarted, and Achilles International are now training in Hyde Park on a Thursday at 6.30 pm. For more information about these free sessions, please contact Chris Blackabee email@example.com or visit the Achilles International UK Facebook page https://tinyurl.com/AchillesRuns
When the Government published their Roadmap for England back in February, Parkrun announced their intent to reopen English junior events on Sunday 11 April and English 5k events on Saturday 5 June. Since then, junior parkrun has returned successfully, and they now have 155 junior events in England either reopened or with a confirmed start date over the next few weeks.
Keep up to date with their latest news about adult sessions restarting here https://tinyurl.com/ParkrunRestarting
Swimming lessons will soon be available again to Metro Blind Sport members. Metro Blind Sport, in partnership with Ealing Swimming Club and Everyone Active, will once again offer discounted lessons. This service was well used prior to the lockdown, and we are pleased that it will be back up and running in mid-May.
We will be offering one to one swimming lessons, as we believe this is the best way to start if you have always wanted to try swimming but need that one to one support.
Thanks to our great partners and coach at the Ealing Swimming Club, it may be possible to be flexible with times or days, with the one to one swimming sessions. As always, sessions will be subject to coach availability.
Dates, timings, and costs will be detailed in next week’s newsletter, but if you are interested in coming along, please contact Charlie firstname.lastname@example.org 07956 292046.
Metro Blind Sport would not be able to do the things that we deliver without the fantastic support of our volunteers. If you have a family member or friends who would be keen to get involved and volunteer with Metro Blind Sport, please ask them to contact Martin email@example.com.
Volunteering can come in many forms, from helping people to play sports or to help people to travel to activities or promote our activities. We welcome all the help we can get, so please encourage friends to get in touch.
International vocalist Katriona Taylor and her band will be streaming live on Saturday 15 May at 8.30 pm.
Katriona Taylor and her band lock down in the studio to stream a live show to you. Don’t miss Katriona singing a great selection of Jazz, Latin & Soul songs, with full HD pictures and top-quality stereo sound to create an incredible music vibe.
This show is hot off the heels of her latest album launch, Blind Passion. This live show will be streamed FREE to watch, purely for your enjoyment.
To get your free tickets, register here: https://tinyurl.com/KatrionaT
Our friends over at London Vision have another packed week of activities this week.
2020 a year to remember – Thursday 29 April 6 pm -7.30 pm.
Renu, London Vision’s enthusiastic virtual intern will be chairing this session, which is an opportunity for you to share your experiences of living with sight loss throughout a pandemic.
Friday Lunchtime drop-in – let’s talk AT 1 pm – 2 pm.
London Vision’s weekly drop-in session to chat assistive technology, no script plan, just come along and ask your questions about assistive technology. Graham Page from Thomas Pocklington Trust supports this session to join; click here: https://tinyurl.com/LetsTalkAT and click the launch meeting button at 1 pm on any Friday.
All things Reading – Tuesday 4 May 6 pm-7.30 pm.
Exploring the joy of listening to books. Paul Porter RNIBs Digital Manager will lead the session and explain how to make the most of RNIB’s Reading Services.
Certification and Registration, your rights and benefits – Wednesday 5 May 6 pm – 7.30 pm.
Exploring the benefits being registered partially sighted or blind brings along with your rights to accessible services and more.
Their sessions take place on Zoom, but if you’ve never done it before or are having difficulties, they can dial you in to the meeting on your phone. For further information or joining links, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The College of North West London IT Courses
The College of North West London offers IT courses specific for blind and partially sighted people. These are part-time day courses, accredited by City & Guilds, and run for one year from September to June.
Classes are held two days a week – Level 1 on Thursday/Friday 9.30 am – 3.45 pm (at the Wembley Park campus).
At the end of the Level 1 course, students have the option to integrate into mainstream to continue IT at Level 2 or pursue another course of their choice.
For more information contact Gladieth Walker, Curriculum Manager, College of North West London 020 8208 5458 email@example.com
Stay safe and best wishes.
Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team
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