News & Online Event Update – 3 March 2021

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As we edge towards activities being able to resume, please find below information that can help you stay active at home.

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 just email to register your interest.

Calling for Walk Leaders and Volunteers in London

We are now recruiting for paid walk leaders and for volunteers to help deliver the above Walking Programme. If you are interested in being part of the project from a delivery perspective, then please download this word document:

If you would like to part of this exciting project, please email or call Martin on 07508 958927


Cycling Programme

The same goes for the cycling programme that we are arranging with Bikeworks in West London.
If you are keen to come along, then please email Martin. We will then register your interest and contact you shortly with all the booking details and the days and times the sessions are running.



To coincide with the upcoming release of a new set of videos focusing on floor-based yoga for beginners on Metro Blind Sport’s website, Claire Miller, a highly qualified fitness and yoga teacher, from Ruislip talks to us about her journey into yoga and physical activity. Have a read here


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



After the positive feedback that we have received from members, we have decided to continue to deliver the online coached tennis sessions every other week on Wednesday and Friday evenings. These sessions are fee to attended and are suitable for all ability levels. It is a relaxed atmosphere to play a few tennis drills and keep active.

If you have never played tennis before and want to understand a little more about the game, then please come along with no obligation to play.

New dates are as follows:

March 10th, 12th, 24th and 26th

April 7th, 9th, 21st and 23rd

May 5th and 7th

Sessions are from 6 pm to 7 pm. To register your interest, please email Charlie Raven


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 sessions by clicking here



Sense Active offer a range of inclusive sport and physical activities for people to take part in. They work with experienced instructors and providers who aim to make each session enjoyable, accessible, inclusive and fun. Please contact for booking support, but a link to the activities can be found here.


Multisport – Croysutt Warriors

Croysutt Warriors Goalball Club is continuing to run a session to get people active in Croydon. The sessions include, over a 2 hour period, Goalball, Football and Basketball on an outdoor lit court.

The sessions are run on a Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, and all levels are welcome.

Please phone or email Robin on 07889648925 or

The sessions take place in CR0 6EA.


News Items

 Visually Impaired Sailing Association

The Visually Impaired Sailing Association (Visa-gb) have produced a short film which I am sure that our members would be interested in.  This Visa-gb film how Visa-gb empower and encourage visually impaired adults to enjoy offshore sailing. It includes audio description and testimonials from their crew and previous participants. VISA would love to hear what our members think of the film. Please send your thoughts to Lorraine Dodge at

More information about the Visa-gb programme of activities and how people can join Visa-gb is available from Sue Hogge using this Contact us link and on their website.

Anyone wishing to join Visa-gb can do so using this Join Us Visa-gb link.  Membership is free.


London Vision

The team at London Vision have produced their monthly London Scene newsletter, which informs people with sight loss about accessible activities and events happening around London, including local society events.

March’s newsletter is full of information so have a read here



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 or sharing any other activity that you might be doing.

To visit the Facebook page, please follow this link and give us a follow and a like


British Blind Sport AGM

Annual General Meeting of British Blind Sport is to take place on Tuesday 30th March 2021 at 1 pm, for approximately two hours. Due to socialising restrictions and government guidelines, this year’s AGM will be taking place using Zoom video conferencing software.

If you would like to attend the AGM, please inform their head office by calling 01926 424247 or emailing so that they can ensure you have the appropriate documents and the links to join the Zoom call.

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team


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Calling for Walk Leaders and Volunteers in London!

Calling for Walk Leaders and Volunteers in London!

Metro Blind Sport – Calling for Walk Leaders and Volunteers in London

The project

Metro Blind Sport has secured funding to deliver a walking programme so that blind and partially sighted Londoner’s can collectively benefit from attending walks in various London Parks.

The Metro Blind Sport Walking Project will allow blind and partially sighted Londoners, particularly those who are least active or require support to remain active, to take part in an activity that is easily accessible. It will enable the participants to not only improve physical fitness but equally as importantly, to develop peer support and networks.

We know that walking has many benefits and this programme also provides a great opportunity to deliver activity away from the many restrictions that are being placed on indoor sport.

We need your help

We are now recruiting for paid walk leaders and for volunteers to help deliver the programme. We intend to choose approximately 6-8 parks, throughout London rather than hold the walks in a regular location.

If you are interested in being part of the project from a delivery perspective, then please get in contact. We are seeking to recruit up to 4 walk leaders that could lead sessions on a regular rotational basis. Walk leader training would be provided.

We aim to commence the delivery of the sessions from the start of May.


Do you know someone who might be interested?

Then if useful. please download and share this word document:

Download Walking Programme Document

The word document  contains all this page information


What do Walk Leaders do?

During a walk, walk leaders are at the front, middle or back of a group – making sure everyone is safe and happy. Along with Metro Blind Sport staff, leaders will help to plan routes, support walkers and act as ambassadors for walking – showing people that walking really can make a big difference to their lives.


What Skills to I need as a Walk Leader?

The main skill we need from our walk leaders is an enthusiasm for walking and its benefits!

 You don’t need any particular experience, but we love our leaders to be friendly and welcoming, with good communication skills; reliable, punctual and well organised; confident at speaking in front of small groups; able to take control and be assertive when needed and observant and sensitive to the needs of others.


How much time do I need to give as a Walk Leader?

Most of our walks are short, around an hour or less. Including travelling, preparation and paperwork, leading a single walk close to home typically takes around 2 and a half to 3 hours, plus meeting and greeting participants, occasional meetings and refresher training. We are hoping that our Walk Leaders can attend two walks per month.


What about payment?

Travel expenses would be paid for walk leaders and volunteers. For the regular Walk Leaders, payment of £25 per hour is available. Walk Leaders would need to invoice Metro Blind Sport on a monthly basis. Travel expenses can be claimed in addition to the hourly rate.



We are also recruiting for volunteers that will support the Walk Leaders. We would expect the volunteers to be friendly and welcoming with a good, open communication style to support blind and partially sighted people to navigate the walks. We are hoping that our volunteers can attend regularly but there is no commitment to attend each week. Training would be provided. Travel expenses can be claimed for volunteers.


Get in contact

If you would like to part of this exciting project, please email or call Martin on 07508 958927.




Audio Described Breathwork Practice!

Audio Described Breathwork Practice with Claire Miller

Audio Described Breathwork Practice with Claire Miller

Breathwork practice helps release mental, physical, and emotional stress and creates feelings of openness, peace, gratitude, clarity, communication, and connection.

“Hello and welcome! Today I’m going to be taking you through a short breathwork practice… I’m comfortable on the floor, if it’s more comfortable for you, please sit in a chair on a sofa, whatever works for you… So get yourself nice and comfortable, and bring your eyes closed.   ” –  Claire Miller

Breathwork Practice with Claire Miller – Youtube Video Below


Do not miss our new floor-based yoga classes – coming soon!  Subscribe to our Youtube channel:

Learn more about Claire miller in the article below

A Yoga Journey with Claire Miller!

Chair Yoga Sessions

Four Audio-Described  Chair Yoga Sessions can be found in one playlist below:


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Rules & History of Blind Tennis by Martin Etheridge

Rules & History of Blind Tennis by Martin Etheridge

“Ikimasu.” “Hai”: Blind Tennis Rules 2021

This is the first book ever to be written in English about blind tennis. It charts the amazing story of Takei and of the legacy he has left. It also brings together and introducing you to the rules of blind tennis!


Miyoshi Takei was glad that he never gave up on his dream to play tennis. After becoming blind at the age of one and a half, there was a moment he realised he was somehow different. He had always thought his brothers saw things the same as him but he was wrong.

The author Martin Etheridge has over 40 years experience of officiating – across three different sports. He first came across tennis for the blind and visually-impaired six years ago and was hooked. He is passionate about the power of sport to make a difference for players with a disability.

This book will open your eyes to blind tennis by:

  • celebrating the achievements of Miyoshi Takei;
  • bringing together and introducing you to the rules of blind tennis;
  • highlighting a range of cases and decisions to interpret these rules;
  • inviting you the reader to play a role in helping to shape the future of the sport.

This book takes you on a journey of discovery to find out how blind tennis first started. It is about one man’s determination and perseverance and will appeal to players, coaches, officials and volunteers alike.

Two words are all you need to play. “Ikimasu”. Hai”. So “Are you ready?.” “Yes”. ….. Play.


History of Blind Tennis


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Accessible Events & News List from MSSC

Accessible Events & News List from MSSC

Upcoming Accessible Events and News from MSSC!

Below are some of the great upcoming activities compiled by the Merton Sports and Social Club. and shared in their monthly newsletter. MSSC website:



Regrettably, Blind Week 2020, scheduled to take place in Falmouth last summer, had to be cancelled for obvious reasons, but we are hopeful that the event will return this year, even if constrained by health restrictions.  In anticipation, we have taken note of Government and RYA guidance, and have developed a preliminary Covid-19 strategy.

This means we are having to organise things a little differently this year and, at this stage, we are simply inviting you to register your interest in taking part in Blind Week 2021 in Lymington between 12th and 19th June.

At the moment, there is no guarantee that Blind Week will proceed, or if it does, exactly in what format.  The final decision will need to be taken by Easter at the latest, at which

point, we will contact all those who have registered their interest.  If the outlook is positive, we will accelerate the application process, as well as giving details of the event and the measures to be implemented in order to keep everyone as safe as possible.  Alternatively, a postponement to dates later in the year may need to be explored.

Please register your interest as a matter of urgency (no later than 15th March).  Send an email, including your name and mobile number,to

Will Bridge – Blind Week Coordinator



 It was good to see some of you a few weeks ago at February’s virtual quiz.  The next one will take place between 7.00 pm and 8.00 pm on Tuesday 16th March.

Why not join us 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



We are pleased to announce that we have now launched our Tandem Loan Scheme and have three of our tandems available to MSSC members to hire free of charge on a temporary basis.

If you are interested in finding out more about the scheme, please get in touch, via the below email address,




VocalEyes is a charity which aims to bring theatre, museums, galleries, art and culture to life for visually impaired people through audio description.

VocalEyes is currently looking for three new trustees to join its Board and is particularly interested in people with experience in senior management in the theatre sector, as well as training/education delivery.

They are also keen to increase the diversity of their Board by maintaining their target of fifty per cent of trustees being blind or partially sighted.

More details can be found at the following link:



 Mindfulness is a form of meditation which is used to combat stress, anxiety and depression. Poetry has been used for centuries to convey thoughts and feelings on a particular subject.

Dr Beverley Duguid has created a mindful poetry course for visually impaired people, their friends, family and support workers, combining mindfulness and poetry.  Participants will be helped to craft poems and prose. No experience is necessary.  The course is taught online via Zoom and consists of a series of eight 90-minute workshops, beginning in March.

This course is bought to you by RBKC Arts Grants and is Free of charge to participants

For further details, email
To enrol, email:



Embrace the ability to explore your surroundings and new places independently at your own time and pac! and never get lost again!

Sensible Innovations offers turn-by-turn descriptive navigation for users who can place their phone in their pocket and listen to the AWARE app announce locations as they pass them.

Users can instruct the app where they want to go, and it’ll tell them when they’ve arrived at their destination. AWARE also provides an audio description of locations, such as the layout of a store.

The AWARE app works with Sensible Innovations Electronic Stickers to provide indoor directions and descriptions crafted with a visually impaired focus. The AWARE app is built with large fonts and high contrast or a Braille display for those who prefer to read and is completely audible for non-visual users. The audible function is also handy for anyone who wants to receive locations specific information without having to look or swipe a smart phone screen.

AWARE is free for iOS and Android.

Read more  

© Cool Blind Tech, 18 January 2021



At 8.30pm on Saturday 6th March, visually impaired singer/songwriter Katriona Taylor will perform a great blend of Jazz, Latin & Soul styles in a live-streamed show.

Katriona will feature songs from her latest album, “Blind Passion”, which celebrates music from blind artists such as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Diane Schuur and Jose Feliciano, as well as her own compositions.

To register for a free ticket please click here:



Take part in this accessible communications survey and have a chance to win a shopping voucher!

 The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is working on new guidelines for the organisation to become more accessible and inclusive. They will be making changes to their communications including their website, publications, and visual design, but before they do anything, they would like to gather some feedback from people with a visual impairment.

There are 6 questions to answer – it shouldn’t take more than five minutes, and as a thank you, everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win one of 10 £10 Love2Shop vouchers. The deadline for completing the survey is 5.00pm on Monday 1st March.

To complete the survey, visit If you have any difficulties accessing it, please contact Rosie Horton, Marketing and Communications Manager, at



MSSC’s latest venture into social media is our very own Twitter account.  Please follow us.  Our Twitter handle is, @MertonMssc.

You can still keep in touch with fellow MSSC members via the Facebook group, which is a forum for members to exchange thoughts and items of interest.

You can easily join, even if you are not currently on Facebook, all you need to do is log on to the platform, click on groups, search for Merton Sports and Social Club, and then request to join the group once you have found it.

If you have any questions please Email: