Monthly Archives: July 2021

BBC: Mikey Poulli: The young blind footballer

photo of Mikey Poulli holding the aduio football on the football pitch

Mikey Poulli: The young blind footballer backed by star players

An 11-year-old boy from north London, who lost his sight due to a rare degenerative condition, is able to play the sport he loves thanks to a football that makes a sound.

BBC VIDEO BELOW

Mikey Poulli was devastated when he could no longer play after losing his sight to rod-cone dystrophy.

BBC London first spoke to Mikey in April 2019  when, at just eight years old, he had been scouted by the FA.

Now Mikey has met and trained with a host of football stars and hopes to one day play for the England blind team.

 original post link : https://www.bbc.co.uk

Video journalist: Paul Murphy-Kasp

 

Free Fitness Sessions for VI people in Camden!

Photo of a woman smiling while lifting dumbells at a gym, QCCA and vision foundation logos are on the left and the text says 1 to 1 PT sessions on Mondays and yoga session on tuesdays in Camden call Francess on 020 7267 6635
Venue:
The Dome, Gym, 107 Weedington Rd,  Kentish Town, London NWS 4NU
Time:
Event specific - see post
Phone:
020 7267 6635
Date:
02nd August 2021
Cost:
FREE


 

PT sessions

The PT sessions are delivered on a 1-1 basis in our gym by a qualified coach trained in delivering sports for people with visual impairment.

Clients can sign up for half an hour or an hour session.

 Yoga sessions

The yoga is a small family group session delivered by our yoga instructor.

These sessions are organised by Queen’s Crescent Community Association (QCCA) and  funded by the Vision Foundation

 

Event details

PT sessions are  1 to 1 sessions

Date: Mondays, Time:  1.30 pm to 4 pm

( these can be arranged on  other days, but this dependant on the coaches availability) please call contact below to find out more.

Venue:  The Dome, Gym, 107 Weedington Rd, Kentish Town, London NWS 4NU

 

Yoga  sessions

Date:  Tuesdays  Time: 5.30 pm to 630PM

 Venue: The Dome, Gym, 107 Weedington Rd,  Kentish Town, London NWS 4NU

To Book:  your place on any of the above,  please contact Email frances@qcca.org.uk  or call 020 7267 6635

 

Zumba classes are also available, please contact Frances above for more details.

 

 

News & Events Update – 28 July

Metro Blind Sport logo with a blue tinted spotlight behind it and faded images of the Chris Lewis and steve the instructor just about to land from thier tandem parachute jump and the text saying Events & News Update from Metro Blind Sport 28 July 2021

Now that more opportunities are available to take part in sport and physical activity, we are using this newsletter to detail what is available from Metro Blind Sport and partners.

 

Gunnersbury Park Multi Sport Club – It’s cricket week

Sessions have been taking place every week on a Sunday, 2 pm till 4 pm so please come along and have fun.

It’s week 4 and so it’s time for some cricket. Sessions are free and are led by qualified coaches. Meet and greet available on request. Check out below for what we have coming up.  Event page: https://www.metroblindsport.org/multi-sports

  • Week 5:  8th August – FOOTBALL
  • Week 6:  15th August – GOALBALL
  • Week 7:  22nd August – TENNIS
  • Week 8:  29th August – CRICKET
  • Week 9:  5th September – FOOTBALL
  • Week 10:  12th September – GOALBALL
  • Week 11:  19th September – TENNIS
  • Week 12:  26th September – CRICKET

To find out more please contact Charlie Raven charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or call 07508958927

 

Climbing – It is back!

Spaces for climbing sessions at Westway Sports and Fitness Centre have gone quickly. We will have further sessions from September, so we suggest that you register your interest now. The sessions are open to people of all abilities, especially those who are beginners attending for the first time and want to try something new.

In time, as instructor availability becomes easier to come by, we hope to expand the programme to include a weekend session.

Please contact Charlie Raven to register your interest charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07508 958 927.

 

Cricket

Although the cricket season is underway, we still encourage players, new and existing, to come along to the net sessions at Highgate Woods on a Tuesday from 5.30 pm.

If you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions, please contact our Sport Lead for cricket, Rory Field rory.field74@gmail.com or call 07742 323224 or contact Martin charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Dance Dosti

Thinking about trying something different? Try Dance Dosti and take part in pre-recorded online dance sessions. Our free sessions are created as short-bursts of activity to help you fit it in around your daily life, when and where you want.

All video and audio sessions are free to the Dance Dosti community once you register for free. You only need to register once to start dancing.

Come and take part with Step Change Studio. Find out more by visiting the Dance Dosti website  https://www.dancedosti.com

For the press release, please visit https://blindsport.uk/DanceDosti

 

Tennis

Tennis sessions are on throughout the summer at Islington Tennis Centre. Register for the sessions next week by using the links below.

4th August 2021 6 pm – 8 pm for B1 players and those new to the game
https://tinyurl.com/BTennis4Aug

6th August 2021 – 6 pm – 8 pm for B2 – B5 players
https://tinyurl.com/VITennis6Aug

If you are interested in playing for the first time, please contact Charlie martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

Tennis Tournament 12th September – Booking Now Open

Booking for the Metro Blind Sport Tennis Tournament at the Islington Tennis Centre in September is now available by using the following link https://www.tfaforms.com/4912801

This event is on Sunday, 12 September, 12 pm – 6 pm and is open to current Metro Blind Sport 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.

To find out more please contact Charlie Raven charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or call 07508958927.

Tennis – Sutton

Tennis sessions occur every Thursday at the Sutton Sports Village from 10.30 am – 12.00 pm. Booking is required so please contact the venue to book: Andrew.jeffery@gll.org The venue telephone number is 02086416611.

 

Tennis Tournament – Brighton

Sound Tennis Sussex are looking forward to running their third regional tournament in Brighton and to welcoming players, volunteers and officials to a great weekend of tennis.

The competition is being planned to take place on the weekend of 21-22 August at Virgin Active in Falmer.  Hours for play are: Saturday 10.30am – 6pm  |  Sunday 9.30am – 4pm

For more details please contact Paul Gillet soundtennissussex@gmail.com |  Website: https://tinyurl.com/TennisTBrighton

 

Football

The training sessions for partially sighted players are still occurring every Tuesday evening at the Score Centre from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm.

Please book in advance using the link below.

3rd August 2021: https://tinyurl.com/Footie3Aug

If you are interested in playing, please contact charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or call 07508958927.
or Gareth Jones gareth.jones11@hotmail.com

 

Football – Fulham FC Foundation

Fulham Foundation has re-started their blind and partially sighted sessions at Brixton Recreation Centre. The football sessions are aimed at adults aged 16+ years who want to come and try football. Whether this is for a first-time footballer or someone with some experience, why not go along and give it a go!

For all of the details please visit https://tinyurl.com/FulhamFootie

Contact Katy Shephard for more information kshephard@fulhamfc.com

 

Bowls

Do you fancy playing? We provide you with two opportunities each week to take part in outdoor bowls. You can join our friendly bowlers at Ravenscourt Park on a Monday at 2 pm and at Paddington Sports Club every Thursday at 3 pm.

If you are interested in playing for the first time, newcomers are very much welcome to come along and try bowls. Please contact Charlie martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

More details can be found on the Metro Blind Sport website https://www.metroblindsport.org/sports/bowls

 

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

Remember, you can book in for one session or for a series of sessions, and the great news is we are now taking bookings for July and August. Please get in contact with Nikki at Bikeworks to book your space. If you would like to join a session, please contact Nikki Ray from Bikeworks Nikki.Ray@bikeworks.org.uk or call 07833757954.

There will be two time slots available in West London for you to choose from on Tuesday and Wednesday each week. Session 1 is from 9.30 am until 11 am, and session 2 is from 11.30 am until 1 pm.

For those who live in East London, then opportunities are also available, and it is pleasing to hear that our members are taking part in these sessions as well. Get in touch with Nikki for further details.

 

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

 

Running Achilles International

The regular weekly group runs have restarted, and Achilles International are now training in Green Park, Thurs, 6 pm chrisblackabee@gmail.com or visit https://tinyurl.com/AchillesRuns

 

Volunteers

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 keen to get involved and volunteer with Metro Blind Sport, please ask them to contact: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org

 

News

Chris Lewis – Skydiving 
Do you want to know what it feels like to jump out of a plane? Metro Blind Sport member Chris Lewis took the plunge a couple of weeks ago and has written an article all about it. Check out the accompanying video of this leap as well.

A great article, picture and video and the link is here
http://blindsport.uk/JumpOutofPlane

 

London Vision

You’ll find full details of all London Vision events this week, plus blogs and information on London Vision’s Website  www.londonvision.org. They hold their meetings on zoom and they welcome friends, carers and family at their events. If you need help accessing zoom or would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at info@londonvision.org

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

Metro Blind Sports Social Networks

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

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Metro Blind Sport membership:  more info or Join here

 

Football: LMFC Training 31 Aug

Two London Metro team players in black running for the ball against a player in yellow text says Tuesdays 6.30 to 8.30 pm Football training with the LMFC Team, Score Centre in Leyton
Venue:
Score Centre, Oliver Road, London E10 5JY
Time:
6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
Phone:
07508958927
Date:
31st August 2021
Cost:
Free * Booking Required *


London Metro FC Training Sessions

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.

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 Martin Symcox 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: 31 August 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/Footie31Aug

 

Contact: Martin Email  martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org or call 07508958927

 

 

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

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 24 Aug

Photo of a London Metro Fustal team player kicking a ball low along the ground with the side of his foot text says Football training on tuesdays 6 30pm to 8.30pm at the score centre in leyton
Venue:
Score Centre, Oliver Road, London E10 5JY
Time:
6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
Phone:
07508958927
Date:
24th August 2021
Cost:
Free * Booking Required *


London Metro FC Training Sessions

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.

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 Martin Symcox 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: 24 August 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/Footie24Aug

 

Contact: Martin Email  martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org or call 07508958927

 

 

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

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