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Jesse Dufton – Climbing Blind – Zoom Chat – 16 July!

Jesse Dufton - Climbing Blind - Zoom Chat - 16 July!

Jesse Dufton, the first blind climber to lead climb the 449ft pinnacle of rock ‘Old Man of Hoy’, talks about his career and how his climber’s perspective has helped him achieve his goals.

Registrations will close at 4 pm on 16 July.

Click here to book your place today*

Join us in conversation with Jesse Dufton from 5 – 6 pm on Thursday 16 July.

Jesse recently starred in the film Climbing Blind. Directed and produced by filmmaker Alastair Lee, this award-winning documentary shows Jesse’s epic ascent of the Old Man of Hoy. The film is still available on iPlayer and there is also an audio described version.

When Jesse is not climbing (or training for climbing) he is working as a Patent Engineer for Intelligent Energy.

Martin Sigsworth, TPT’s Senior Employment Manager, will be in conversation with Jesse to understand his career journey, what challenges and obstacles he has had to overcome and what advice he has for blind and partially sighted people looking to get on or progress their careers.

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Once your place is booked you will be sent joining instructions for the session. Registrations will close at 4 pm on 16 July.

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BCEW: Cancellation of 2020 Blind Cricket Season

BCEW Announce Cancellation of 2020 Blind Cricket Season

BCEW Announce Cancellation of  2020 Blind Cricket Season

original post on the bcew website

We’re very sorry to have to inform everyone that after carefully examining the Return To Cricket Regulations and speaking with the ECB we have now reached the point where BCEW have no option but to call off all competitive cricket for the 2020 season.

For the avoidance of doubt this does include the Development Festival.

We would also strongly advise against playing any friendly matches as based on the Return To Cricket Regulations we cannot see how a VI game could be staged safely and within the rules.

We list below the Return To VI Cricket rules that YOU MUST FOLLOW if you are going to attempt a friendly. These are not negotiable and cannot be ignored, any club failing to follow them risk sanction by the ECB. Whilst these have a few adaptions for the VI game they are not significantly different to those red ball cricket have to follow and most are in fact identical.

This Decision Has Also Prompted the Following Set Of Announcements:
* All 2020 cup draws will carry over to the 2021 season.
* All league structures will remain the same for the 2021 season.
* All entry fees received for the 2020 season will carry forward to the 2021 season.
* As no competitive cricket has been played in 2020 all sight tests will be extended by one year so that they will still have been valid for four seasons.
* BCEW will not have any end of season awards in 2020.
* As a one off the 2020 BCEW AGM will be held via Zoom, this will be in November.
* AGM Voting rights will be the same as at the 2019 AGM as no cricket has been played in 2020 and therefore nobody’s eligibility to vote has changed.

Return To VI Cricket Rules

General Principles:
1. Cricket activity must only take place outside.
2. Players must not use public transport to get to venues.
3. Where car sharing or use of minibuses is considered this must comply with government guidelines on social distancing. For minibus travel all on board must be seated at least two meters apart unless they are from the same household or social bubble.
4. 11 a side cricket will be allowed but with no more than a total of 30 people at the ground. This includes players, match officials, coaches, spectators and anyone else who is present.
5. A hygiene break must be held every 20 minutes or every 6 overs, whichever happens sooner. During each break the ball must be thoroughly cleaned with an anti-bacterial wipe. All players must also clean their hands during each break using hand sanitizer. All of this must also take place at drinks breaks and the start or finish of any innings. The fielding captain will be responsible for cleaning the ball, not the umpires.
6. Participants not adhering to COVID-19 rules, face punishment including but not limited to, player ejection and match cancellation.
7. In the event of rain, participants should return to their own vehicle to maintain social distancing if there is insufficient outdoor cover from the rain to maintain social distancing.

Cricket Specific Rules:
A. Anyone involved in a match must not attend if they have any CoronaVirus symptoms or if they have been told to self-isolate or to shield.
B. In all friendly matches the wicketkeeper must stand at least 2 metres back from the stumps
C. In all friendly matches all fielders must be a minimum of two metres apart
D. In all friendly matches all fielders must be a minimum of 2 metres back from the edge of the playing strip, those in front of or level with the wicket must stay at least 4 metres back from the strip, this is to comply with the rules on running between the wickets.
E. Players running between the wickets must do this using a line 2 metres away from the popping crease, this must also be two metres from the close fielders in the case of VI cricket. It is essential that when running players stay two metres away from the bowler, the other batsman or runner and all fielders.
F. Participants should under take personal hygiene measures at home before and after matches.
G. Participants should bring there own hand sanitizer to games where possible and should maintain strict and frequent hand hygiene measures at all times.
H. Hand sanitizer must be used before the match starts, at every break in play, before leaving the ground and before eating or drinking.
I. Players should refrain from spitting or rinsing out their mouths.
J. Club representatives should ensure all participants are aware of expected social distancing and hygiene requirements.
K. Club representatives should ensure that all players are aware that they are increasing the risk to themselves of infection by participating and that participation must be strictly optional without pressure placed on anyone to take part.
L. Players should arrive already changed and ready to begin the warm up.
M. Time spent at venues prior to any match should be minimised, meet up times should reflect this.
N. Bats, helmets and other equipment cannot be shared.
O. Bowlers must not hand any personal items or items of their own equipment to the umpires, they must place these at the boundary themselves.
P. When leaving the field all batters must sanitize their bats and all wicketkeepers must sanitize their gloves.
Q. In line with current UK Government guidance, clubs should not prepare food for participants. Individuals should bring their own food and drink for ‘teas’ or practice. Water bottles or other refreshment containers should not be shared.
R. After games social gatherings will be allowed but only inline with government guidelines on hospitality.
S. One club representative should be responsible for collecting and disinfecting the stumps, balls, boundary markers and fielder exclusion zone disks at the end of each match.
T. During any practice or training sessions stumps, balls, etc must be disinfected between groups of players using them.
U. Clubs must have a record of all players, officials, coaches and spectators present at any match or training session. This record must be held for at least 21 days after the event in case NHS Track and Trace need the information.
V. If two scorers are required for a match only one may use the scorers box and if outside they must stay 2 metres apart. No players may enter the score box if it is being used for the match. Scorebooks may not be passed from the scorer to any other official or player.
W. Social distancing must be observed when celebrating wickets, during drinks breaks, having tactical discussions and by spectators.
X. The number of people touching the ball should be minimized, spectators should not return or stop the ball whilst on field the ball should be returned to the bowler by the most direct route with as fewer fielders as possible involved.
Y. Umpires should not have any contact with the ball but should be the only people replacing the stumps if they are knocked over or they need to be realigned.
Z. During the toss the coin should be provided by the person tossing it and it should not be handed to anyone else.
AA. Pre and Post Match Handshakes should not take place, hand contact of any kind should be avoided during all matches.

NB Further rules exist for those who run their own ground, for coaches, for training activities and for matches between junior teams. We can provide these on request.

original post on the bcew website

 All at metro are Very sorry to hear this news,  but we will look forward to play resuming in 2021

First Steps Goes National! – British Blind Sport

Take your child's First Steps towards a happy and active life!

British Blind Sport take their First Steps right across the country!

At BBS we are helping children with sight loss get active with a free sport and fitness pack delivered straight to their door. Our First Steps pack helps children to build confidence, develop skills and, most importantly, have fun.

If your child is aged 3 – 11 with a visual impairment and wants to become active for life, then it’s time for them to start their journey with Jangles!

Sign up now to our First Steps project and receive;

  • Audible Ball (aka Jangles)  A bright and bouncy ball called Jangles with ball-bearings inside to allow the child to hear the ball.
  • Exciting Activity Booklet – Simple and enjoyable games that encourage the entire family to play together.
  • Progress Stickers
  • Progress Poster -Tracking each child’s achievements to encourage habitual behaviour with a fun sticker chart
  • 1-1 support from our First Steps Officer


Call: 01926 424247

For more information, visit:

BBS’ aim is that the First Steps pack will help children learn the basics in a fun and supportive environment so that they can grow in confidence and capability and then be able to take their next steps to a healthy lifestyle by joining into activities and sports clubs in their local areas.

Feedback from a parent whose child has participated in the programme said, “My little one can now kick a ball, which he couldn’t manage at the start of this project. He can now confidently throw the ball very well and if close enough, he can catch the ball.  This is amazing progress for my little boy.”

Another said, “Our daughter now attends disability football with Wolves FC after we learnt about it at the Have a Go Day. She also goes swimming and we had the confidence to move her from the toddler class to being in the pool with her own age group.”

Alaina MacGregor, Chief Executive Officer at British Blind Sport, is looking forward to seeing the impact that the project has across the nation.  Alaina said, “First Steps is a project very close to our hearts at British Blind Sport and we’re so pleased to see it develop nationwide.  It has had huge success in the areas it has previously been introduced to, with all members of the family benefitting from the unique aspects of the project.  Siblings are able to play together more independently, parents are able to see a marked different in their child’s physical ability and children with a visual impairment grow in confidence and ability so much that they are able to join in with local, accessible activities, which they may not have felt comfortable or able to do before they met Jangles!”

Jane Jacobs, First Steps Officer, said, “I’m really excited to be taking First Steps nationally.  It is a lovely project and we’ve already seen the difference it has made to the families in the regional roll out.  Now, we get to meet and help families all across the UK and show them the difference that physical activity can have upon their child’s development and general happiness.  I can’t wait to start meeting the families and help them take their first steps toward an active life!”

For more information, visit:


Best Practice Leisure Guidelines

RNIB BBS & Metro Blind Sport's Best Practice Leisure Guidelines

Best Practice Covid-19 Leisure Guidelines from RNIB, BBS and Metro Blind Sport

Covid-19: Supporting your blind and partially sighted members and participants. With a little support blind and partially sighted people can stay safe whilst being active.


1. Visual indicators and awareness

Be aware of who could be blind and partially sighted

It’s important to remember that blind and partially sighted people don’t necessarily “look blind”. Not all blind and partially sighted people wear dark glasses, have a cane or a guide dog, so be mindful that it may not always be obvious.

If you think that someone might require assistance or they have a visual indicator (which includes wearing the sunflower lanyard), a simple introduction and “Is there anything I can assist you with?”, can go a long way.

Staff Introduce yourself as customers may not see your uniform/name tag – “Hi I’m Steve, I’m your Duty Manager, is there anything I can do to help today?”.

Social distancing Research carried out by RNIB found that almost two-thirds of blind or partially sighted people say they’ve found maintaining a social distance difficult – guide dogs are amazing animals, but they are unaware that social distancing is in force.
Potential announcements such as: “Please maintain your social distance and consider others around you.” could help to support all your members.

For more information on the challenges of social distancing, please refer to RNIB’s short video:

‘How to socially distance when this is your view’


2. Inside the facility and customer experience Guiding

We know that sticking to government guidelines and social distancing is very important at this time, but RNIB research shows that 48% of blind or partially sighted people were concerned or anxious about following social distancing guidance correctly. Guiding someone who is blind or partially sighted around your facilities in the “traditional way” is not currently an option.

Therefore, if someone requires guiding and there is not a safe and comfortable way in which social distancing measures can be adhered to, especially in the context of active participation or whilst using equipment, verbal guidance may need to be considered.

3. Colour contrast

Be mindful of the visual appearance of any temporary signage, ensuring there is clear colour contrast – otherwise blind and partially sighted customers may not be able to read them. Also, try to add this same logic to any online content you create.

4. Tactile markers and audio announcements

We support the use of safe tactile indicators or markers and audible announcements to provide your members with information in non-visual formats. For example, using tactile floor markers to identify one-way systems in changing rooms.

5. Flexibility for guides

We understand that facilities will request that people workout by themselves or socially distance while participating in different activities. We hope that you’ll consider relaxing these provisions for people who are blind or partially sighted and allow them to participate with their own guide or carer.

6. Hygiene

For many blind and partially sighted members, identifying equipment can be a difficult and extremely tactile process. To maintain the required level of hygiene, specifically highlight to your blind and partially sighted members where and how they can sterilise their hands, equipment and any other facilities they may use.

Help people find facilities

 Covid 19 may have resulted in changes to facility layouts – this can be confusing if you can’t see too well. If someone looks lost – ask them and let them know where things are.


7. Protective screens

With the installation of protective screens within your facilities, it’s important to ensure there is good contrast, so they don’t create unnecessary confusion. This can be as simple as putting tape around the edge of the screen and payment terminal location.


8. Ask someone if they need help 

People appreciate being asked if they need help. If you think that someone needs help, just say hello and ask


 How to Interact

For more information on how to interact with your blind and partially sighted customers, please refer to RNIB’s “Helping you to help your customers” resource

While there is much more to be learned by booking a practical training session with an RNIB expert, here are a few simple tools which could make the world of difference, and help you stand out from the crowd:

  • Introduce yourself and talk directly to the person you are helping
  • If you are going to guide them, let them take your arm, don’t grab theirs
  • Don’t walk away without saying you are leaving
  • Treat people with disabilities with respect and consideration
  • Be open to different communication styles
  • Don’t make assumptions about what type of disability, or disabilities, a person has
  • Remember, some disabilities are not visible. Take the time to get to know your customers’ needs
  • Ask before you offer to help — don’t just jump in. Customers with disabilities know if they need help and how you can provide it

To find out how RNIB Business could help you to better support your customers and employees who are living with sight loss, please contact our team at or call 01733 375 370.


Travel Advice from London Vision

Travel Advice from London Vision

Travel Advice from London Vision

Please be aware that this travel advice has been collated from several sources, including Transport for London and National Rail. This advice was accurate at the time of writing
(1 July 2020) but could change at any time.

If you find yourself in a situation needing public transport to travel, then please follow government guidelines. Many people with a vision impairment rely upon assistance by train staff, station staff, verbal assistance from bus drivers or even members of the public, which on occasions, can be physical assistance as well.

With the type of support available and guidance and information being updated regularly, here are a few points on what you need to bear in mind when travelling on public transport:

1)   Ensure that your journey is essential and only travel if you have no other choice. Have you considered alternative forms of transport? For example: taxi, minicab, using the taxi card scheme, asking a friend or family member or perhaps checking eligibility for hospital transport?  However, if you do need to travel, please try to travel during off peak periods.

2)   For many blind and partially sighted people, public transport is the only option. Please wear a face mask/covering if you can. If you cannot, then you can visit the Transport for London website and print out a badge which best describes your circumstances. This is for you to carry in case you are stopped. Simply show this badge without getting into a confrontation. You can access the badges by clicking here. You can print out the badge and display it on a lanyard or download it on to your smartphone to display when asked. If you don’t have a smartphone or printer you can contact TfL on 0343 222 1234 or via the Contact Us page and they will print one and send it out to you.

3)   Plan your journey. Most services are now running, but they could be limited during times, or perhaps a shorter service; so here are some links you can use to plan your journey below:

  1. Journey Planner
  2. Nearest Bus app – available from Apple App Store or Android Google Play
  3. Phone number – 0343 222 1234

4)   If you are not normally an active cane user or a Guide Dog owner, carrying a symbol cane or using your long cane in these circumstances would really benefit you. Other people will then be aware of you and, therefore, support you in giving you space and help maintain social distancing. Staff will be more aware of you and not just on the transport network, but also in supermarkets etc. Please contact your local Rehab Officer who is based at the Sensory Team within your Local Authority, in the first instance, or the RNIB, if you would like further information on where to obtain and receive training on using a white cane.

5)   Buses – if you need to travel by bus, the bus drivers are now behind a protective screen. They can support with verbal directions or information such as what the bus number is, or where the scanner to scan your pass is if you are struggling to locate it. They can advise on where the empty seats are to help ensure social distancing can be maintained. Please also bear in mind that the bus driver has the right to ask you to wait for the next bus if the bus has reached its maximum capacity. Buses are now operating using the front doors.

6)   Train/Tube – If you need to travel by tube or train, please bear in mind that there will be a queuing system to enter the station but as a blind or partially sighted passenger, you are exempt from this rule. You can approach the front of the station without having to explain, on the basis you have a visible mobility aid.

You may be asked if you would like assistance or feel free to request it. If you are travelling with a sighted companion, this also applies to you both. You do not have to queue and you both will be let in and your companion can continue guiding you along the journey. The support being offered is that staff in first instance will provide sighted guiding assistance, they too will be wearing masks unless they are exempt and will be wearing protective gear.

If you are happy to be guided with verbal directions, then please do let the member of staff know and you can follow them instead. If you do need to go into a lift, they will press the button and wait for the doors to close, they will then use the stairs or escalators to meet you outside the lift doors again. If for any reason the staff feel that it is not safe to sight guide, then the offer of taxi will be available to your chosen end station.

7)   Please do bear in mind that many station layouts have changed since the pandemic so please do ask for assistance even if you don’t usually. They can support with assisting you, maintain social distancing, booking, Turn Up & Go assistance ahead of your journey on that particular train, so that at the other end, a member of staff will be there to meet you.

8)   If you are travelling by National Rail, then please check timetables and book assistance in advance. Please check your travel plans getting to the station and at the other end too. If you are a Guide Dog user, please let them know in advance, so that they can allocate adequate seating.

9)   If you need to travel by taxi or mini cab, please wear a face mask if you can, keep the windows open and check with the operator what guidelines they are adhering too.

  • Please follow government guidelines and travel only if it is absolutely necessary.
  • If you present symptoms of COVID-19, please do not travel.
  • Try travelling during off-peak times to prevent the network from getting too crowded.
  • Carry a bottle of water or snacks as well as wipes or hand sanitiser.
  • Please allow more time to travel than usual – buses and trains are operating at lower capacity which means you may have to wait to board trains or buses that are less crowded.

Please bear in mind that street layouts in some areas have also changed. Some pavements have been widened to help pedestrians and cyclists social distance, and often they take up part of what was the road.

This means that boarding a bus may now require walking down the kerb and into part of what was formerly the road. This may also mean that taxi ranks may have relocated too. Please also bear in mind that local shops may have queues outside, obstructing part of the pavement.

To check if your local streets have been affected, you can visit this link for more information.

 These are the latest guidelines we have put together from policies and procedures put together by Transport for London. We are still waiting for official guidelines with regards to up to date information on which streets have been affected and future plans.

Bhavini Makwana
Engagement Manager
07976 448824