BBS National Youth Swim Gala!

The BBS National Youth Swim Gala 7 March 2020
Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, Solihull
1.00 pm - 6.00 pm
01926 424247
07th March 2020
TBC - fill in online form to get more info

Save the Date: The BBS National Youth Swim Gala 2020

The British Blind Sport Swim Gala will be held on 7th March at the Tudor Grange Leisure Centre in Solihull.

Date: Saturday 7th March 2020
Location: Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, Solihull
Time: 1 pm – 6 pm
Swim Gala for Children and Young People aged 7-17 (mixed ability)
Swim lessons for Children and Young People new to swimming aged 5-17
Please note, this event will be FREE to attend.


To sign up and be the first to hear all the latest info, fill in the form by following the link below:

Contact: BBS Email:
or Tel: 01926 424247


Sailing: Blind Week 2020

Blind & Partially Sighted Sailors’ Week - Blind Week
Falmouth-based and hosted once again by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club.
Application closing date: 16 march - Event date: 20-27 June
16th March 2020
VI participant’s fee for the 2020 event at £250.

Sailors’ Week – Blind Week 2020

20-27 June – Falmouth, Cornwall

Dear VI Sailor or Would-be Sailor

We are writing with a warm invitation to participate in this year’s event!

Our 2020 sailing week will be Falmouth-based and hosted once again by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club.

Participants will gather during the afternoon of Saturday 20 June and we start the week with an opening dinner at the RCYC clubhouse that evening.

Having sailed to a variety of locations along the coast during the week, the yachts and their crews will re-convene at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club for the closing dinner on the evening of Friday 26 June.  The event will then end on the morning of Saturday 27 June when crews will disembark their yachts and return home.

I am delighted to say that Mike Browne has once again agreed to facilitate this event through his charity, Sporting Activities for the Disabled Charitable Trust.

If you are visually impaired and would like to apply for a place to crew on a yacht for the week please contact the below email to find out more and get the forms/emails you need to reply too  Closing date:  Monday 16 March 2020.

Please note that we now have a dedicated Blind Week email address which is: and all emails and correspondence should be sent to this new address.

The RYA’s recently made video of the event is a useful introduction

To avoid misunderstandings it is important to reply to this email, even if you have previously indicated that you would like to participate in Blind Week 2020.

We are very aware of the need to keep costs under tight control and we have been able to maintain the VI participant’s fee for the 2020 event at £250.

If you haven’t participated in Blind Week before, please read ‘What’s it all About?’ – a description by regular VI participants to be found in the document which follows on from this letter (as we’ve been told that email attachments can sometimes be a headache!)

We should emphasise that you really do not need any prior sailing experience to participate in and really enjoy Blind Week.  Complete beginners and newcomers are just as warmly welcomed as experienced VI sailors whose skills have been developed over many sea miles!  If you know of any visually impaired person who may not be aware of the event, but might also like to come along, or any friend who doesn’t appear to have received this email, please do ask them to contact us – or you can simply copy this email onto them.

Please note that Blind Week only caters for applicants over 18 years old.  In addition, the sailing yachts used are not specially equipped or adapted to cater for physical disabilities, and therefore the event requires moderate agility by all the crew, including VI participants.  This requirement is set out in the ‘What’s It All About’ document, Section 4, and we ask you to confirm that you meet it.

At this early planning stage it is impossible to offer firm places until we know the availability of boats.  So while we will quickly acknowledge receipt of your application, we will only be able to confirm your place and your provisional yacht allocation in early April.

We very much look forward to hearing from you!

Once again – our best wishes for 2020… a New Year in which we hope you’ll spend some of your time on the water with us!

Will Bridge  and Rosie Shorman

Blind Week Co-ordinators


Free Southwark Swimming

Free Swimming Lessons for Southwark residents Starts 13 Jan

12-week Free Swimming lessons for Southwark’s residents

After a very successful pilot of free swimming lessons this Autumn, Southwark council and Everyone Active are now ready to accept applications for the next 12-week course which starts the week beginning the 13th January.

The lessons are for any adult (16yrs+) that have never learned to swim, or for people that may have once swum but now consider themselves a non-swimmer

The Deaf and disabled community will again get lessons with one teacher to two participant ratio. The lesson coordinator will discuss individual needs after receiving the application.

Bookings for swimming lessons are now open for January 2020

We’re offering residents free swimming lessons. Twelve-week courses for beginners are available at leisure centres operated by Everyday Active on behalf of Southwark Council.

Who is the offer available to?

If you’re a Southwark resident, a non-swimmer and aged 16 or over, you can book free swimming lessons. Lessons are available as follows:

  • adults aged 16 or over can book lessons at Peckham Pulse Leisure Centre
  • over-60s can book lessons at any centre listed below
  • residents with disabilities can book at any centre below

Where can you have free lessons?

  • Camberwell Leisure Centre, Artichoke Place, London SE5 8TS
  • The Castle Centre, 2 St Gabriel Walk, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6FG
  • Dulwich Leisure Centre, 2b Crystal Palace Road, London SE22 9HB
  • Peckham Pulse Leisure Centre, 10 Melon Road, London SE15 5QN
  • Seven Islands Leisure Centre, 100 Lower Road, Rotherhithe SE16 2TU

How to book your free lessons

  1. Check when lessons are available each week.
  2. Fill in a request form after clicking to register stating your preference of when you’d like to have lessons.
  3. Everyone Active will contact you by phone or email to offer you a lesson slot. If a suitable slot isn’t available, you’ll be put on a waiting list.
  4. You need to confirm whether you’d like to accept the place if one is offered.
  5. Bring proof of your address to the leisure centre on the day of your first lesson.

Register here

You can find out additional information about the scheme here, including what to bring and the length of the course.

Follow us on Twitter:   @ActiveSouthwark



Euro Para Archery Championships

European Para Archery Championships in italy April 2020

BBS Archery Section recently carried out their selection for the visually impaired team that will compete in the European Para Archery Championships in Olbia on the Island of Sardinia Italy from 21st to 26th April 2020. 

BBS Archery Section is pleased to announce their team as follows:

VI 1 Category:

Roger Rees Evans, John Nicholl & Clive Jones

VI 2/3 category:

Steve Prowse, Nick Thomas & Phil Tranter

We congratulate them all and wish them every success in the competition.



Tandem Cycling With MSSC

Tandem Cycling with Merton Sports and Social Club for VI People

Tandem Cycling With MSSC

Merton Sports and Social Club for Visually Impaired People (MSSC) has been organising tandem cycle rides for over thirty years from its base in Colliers Wood.  The club has a fleet of tandem bicycles and pairs up sighted front riders with visually impaired back riders for regular outings.  The rides are short and long to various destinations, and always include a stop at a café or a pub.  Whether it be along quiet country lanes or following the Wandle trail, the atmosphere is convivial and enjoyed by all.  It’s a great way to have fun and keep fit.  New members are always welcome, regardless of ability or experience.

‘Have a Go” workshops

MSSC  runs regular ‘Have a Go” workshops for anyone who is keen to learn how to ride a tandem, either as a back rider (stoker) or a front rider (pilot).   Stokers can try riding a tandem with an experienced cyclist and practise their pedalling technique, while pilots can learn the basics of handling a tandem and how to interact and communicate with visually impaired stokers.

Following the training,  the short rides held every third Saturday of the month are ideal to start with. No more than 25 miles, and following quiet routes as much as possible, these rides are very social and relaxed. On the first Sunday of the month, we pedal off on the longer ride, venturing further afield, covering around 40 or so miles, equally rewarding but a little harder work.  During the spring and summer, we have a weekly evening ride and also run cycling weekends with an overnight stay.

MSSC’s next tandem training/confidence building workshop will be held on Saturday, 25th January 2020.  The session is open to anyone keen to learn how to ride the front of a tandem and those who have already tried but would like to develop their skills and confidence further. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event Details

  • Where:   At the rear of the Guardian Centre, 67 Clarendon Road SW19 2DX                              (about 10 minutes’ walk from Colliers Wood Underground  Station)
  • When: Saturday,  25th January 2020  TIME: 10.00 to 13.00
  • Contact:  Email:  or Telephone: 07500 913 223

We need an idea of numbers, so please let us know if you plan to attend and if you would like sighted support from Colliers Wood Underground Station or a nearby bus stop.

If you would like to give tandem riding a go, but cannot make the workshop on 25th January, please get in touch and we can arrange an alternative training session.

For more information about MSSC and all its activities, visit the website at

MSSC Tandem Section   Email: