Metro Tennis Tournament 8th Nov 2020

Metro Blind Sport Friendly Tennis Tournament 8th Nov 2020

METRO BLIND SPORT’S FRIENDLY TENNIS TOURNAMENT

We are also pleased to announce that we will be delivering an informal Metro Blind Sport friendly tournament on the 8th November at the Islington Tennis Centre.

The tournament will run from 1 pm until 5 pm. The format will be singles for B1’s and doubles for B2-5’s.

Event details

Metro Tennis Tournament 8th November 2020

Date:  8 November 2020  Time: 13:00 0 17:00

Venue: Islington Tennis Centre, Market Road, London N7 9PL

We are limiting the number of participants as follows:

B1’s 4

B2-5’s = 6

The booking form for B1’s is:

https://www.tfaforms.com/4842614?event=a174J00000FOLeY

The booking form for B2-B5’s link is:

https://www.tfaforms.com/4842614?event=a174J00000FOLei

Contact: Charlie Email  charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or call 07956292046

Tennis Return to Play Guidance below – Please read

Download -Word: http://blindsport.uk/ITCTennisA

 

 

Each player will be limited to one guest only from their household or social bubble, where possible, we would like to use players guests as their on-court helpers as well. This will help us reduce the number of additional volunteers we need on-site, which are limited.

There will be no social events, players will be asked to leave the site when their matches are completed for the day.

Entries will be first come first served; a reserve list will be made. Entries will be open from the 7th October. Details will be sent in due course.

Entry is free of charge. Please note that we will not be serving refreshments or providing T-Shirts or trophies as we have done in the past. As results from this event are not being shared with the LTA, we will not be using LTA officials and we will officiate the games using volunteers and/or Metro Blind Sport staff.

However, this friendly tournament is a chance for some practice for those attending the National Finals or a chance for members to have an informal competitive game.

Things may change with localised lockdown rules and government guidance changing, so please keep an eye on all updates we send through and information on the Metro Blind Sport website.

 

DISABILITY NATIONAL FINALS

We have received the following information about the National Finals from Claire McCulloch at the LTA.

We are very happy to inform you that for now, all this year’s National finals will be running for Learning Disability, Visually Impaired and Wheelchair players.

The government has confirmed that organised activity for larger groups, including tennis competitions, is permitted as an exception to the limit of six.  This is provided the activity is in accordance with the COVID-19 Secure guidelines published by the LTA for venues, coaches, players and competitions.

Organised indoor competition at COVID-19 secure venues can continue to take place, given activity on court for individual matches is under six people. Off-court, individuals should limit their social interaction with others and not socialise in groups of more than six.

Competition draw size may need to be limited depending on a range of factors including the COVID-19 secure capacity of the venue.

The above are the current rules and can change depending on government guidance.

With the above points being considered, we have been in discussion with all National Final venues. Each venue has their own rules and limitations, which has allowed us to decide the boundaries in which we can run our events. Please see below details of how National events will operate this year. We understand this is not the perfect outcome for our players, but it allows an opportunity to play and compete to those can and those who wish to. If you have any questions once reading the below, please get in touch.

20-22 November – Visually Impaired National Finals – Wrexham Tennis Centre

The centre has an on court capacity and social area limitations that have determined our scheduling. The event will therefore be singles only.

Each player will be limited to one guest only from their household or social bubble, where possible, we would like to use players guests as their on court helpers as well. This will help us reduce the number of additional volunteers we need on site, which are limited.

There will be no social events, players will be asked to leave site when their matches are completed for the day.

Entries will be first come first served, a reserve list will be made.

We have two plans, depending on if the university close to the tennis centre will be open or not, we will find this out at the start of October.

Please see both plans below, the following are approximate timings and may differ slightly depending on entries. On days where two groups are playing there will be a scheduled “cross over window” and you will be informed exact times in which you can arrive:

PLAN A

Tennis Centre

Friday 20th November

B2, B3, B4/5 Women and B4/5 Men ONLY

 

Saturday 21st November

B2, B3 B4/5 Women and B4/5 Men – 9.00-13.00

B2 and B3 Men 14.30-18.00

 

Sunday 22nd November

B2 and B3 Men ONLY

 

Wrexham University Sport Hall

 

Saturday 21st November

B1 Men and Women, 12.00-18.00

 

Sunday 22nd November

B1 Men and Women, 9.00-18.00

 

PLAN B

 

Tennis Centre only

 

Friday 13th November

ALL Women and B4/5 Men ONLY

 

Saturday 21st November

ALL Women, B1 Men and B4/5 Men – 9.00-13.00

B2 and B3 Men 14.30-18.00

 

Sunday 22nd November

B1, B2 and B3 Men, ONLY

 

Player number caps will be as follows:

B1 – 8 men and 8 women

B2 – 16 men and 8 women

B3 – 16 men and 8 women

B4/5 – 8 men and 8 women

 

If you are a junior and would be interested in a junior only draw, please let me know, and this can be added dependant on demand.

Entries will open in October and you will be given one week notice before they open. It will be first come, first served, with a reserve list. Things may change with localised lockdown rules and government guidance changing, so please keep an eye on all updates we send through.

Kind Regards,

Claire McCulloch

 

Metro Blind Sport Tennis Update 

Following the latest government advice, I am providing you with an update on the current Metro blind Sport tennis provision, and information from the LTA about the National Finals.

Metro Blind Sport tennis sessions at Islington Tennis Centre have been unaffected by the latest changes to the government advice and will continue as planned. Information regarding the measures that we have put in place with regards to COVID-19 can be found on the tennis section of our website.

The sessions require pre-registration, and this can be completed using the links below:

 

Wednesday Sessions – B1’s and new players

 

Wednesday 14th October

https://www.tfaforms.com/4842614?event=a174J00000FOE4c

 

Wednesday 28th October

https://www.tfaforms.com/4842614?event=a174J00000FOE4h

 

Wednesday 11th November

https://www.tfaforms.com/4842614?event=a174J00000FOE4i

 

Wednesday 25th November

https://www.tfaforms.com/4842614?event=a174J00000FOE4m

 

Wednesday 9th December

https://www.tfaforms.com/4842614?event=a174J00000FOE4r

 

 

Friday Sessions – B2-B5’s

 

Friday 2nd October

https://www.tfaforms.com/4842614?event=a174J00000FODPj

 

Friday 16th October

https://www.tfaforms.com/4842614?event=a174J00000FOE4d

 

Friday 30th October

https://www.tfaforms.com/4842614?event=a174J00000FOE4n

 

Friday 13th November

https://www.tfaforms.com/4842614?event=a174J00000FOE4j

 

Friday 27th November

https://www.tfaforms.com/4842614?event=a174J00000FOE51

 

Friday 11th December

https://www.tfaforms.com/4842614?event=a174J00000FOE56

 

 

London Metro FC Training Sessions Return!

Football: London Metro FC Training

London Metro FC Training Sessions

I am delighted to confirm that Metro Blind Sport are 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.

If you have any queries please let me know or speak to Charlie Raven 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.

booking Links below

London Metro FC Training Sessions

Booking Required

Venue: Score Centre, Oliver Road, London E10 5JY

Booking links for the 2020 sessions can be found by clicking on the below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact: Charlie Email  charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or call 07956292046

 

 

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

 

 

Sailing: Pip’s challenge and future sunshine trips – Visa-GB!

Sailing Pip's challenge and future sunshine trips - Visa-GB

** Winter draws on shipmates – unpack the long johns and fire up the kettle, we’ve tales to tell and questions to ask.

First and foremost is the latest update on our Visually Impaired Sailing Association patron, and sailing superstar, Pip Hare who’s about to set off from the comfort of Poole and head to France for the start of the Vendee Globe Race.  Set your watches, mark your calendar as this world-girdling challenge kicks off at 1202 GMT on Sunday 8th November.  24,000 miles around the globe, no stops, no help just our Pip and fellow competitors battling the elements for the race of a lifetime.

As Pip says:

“More men have walked on the moon than women have completed the Vendée Globe, which is all the inspiration I need to succeed”

Our message to you Pip is “we wish you every success in this amazing venture, just getting to the start line has been an inspiration to us all.  You have shown us what can be achieved with determination, a desire to be the best, and a single-minded approach. Like many of us you’ve had to push past barriers unseen by most to get where you are.  We salute you Pip, enjoy the race, we know there will be challenging times but your strength and determination will see you through.  We are proud to have you as our Patron and our support and best wishes are with you every step of the way”

We can all follow Pip’s progress via the Pip Hare Racing Facebook page, here’s a link: https://www.facebook.com/PipHareOceanRacing

As the rain streaks down the cabin hatches, our minds turn towards warm water sailing, how we’d all like to dip our toes into that I hear you say!  Well now’s your chance as Big Al is on the case and starting to plan a trip for the end of September 2021 on the stunning coast of Croatia – yes folks we are planning to charter as many boats as needed to deliver a deliciously delightful trip next Autumn.

All you need to do is contact super Sue, our membership guru on 07767717440,  to let us know if you’d like a bunk with your name on it.  Alan’s not exactly sure of the departure date yet but a weeks sailing will cost around £400 plus your flights, this will cover yacht charter, food onboard and as much tea as you can drink, the occasional beer and meal ashore will be on top.

Don’t forget to check out our sailing plan page on the website, here’s a link: Sailing Plan

That’s it, for now, folks, hope the oilskins are still waterproof!

All the best form all at Visa-gb HQ

Visa-gb:  Website

 

 

Inclusive cycling gears up! Restarting on 12 Oct!

Inclusive cycling re-start date 12 October 2020 - David Weir Leisure Centre

Inclusive cycling sessions on the David Weir Leisure Centre athletics track will resume on 12th October.

At first we will run on Mondays and Thursdays, 10 am – 12noon. We will re-introduce Wednesdays if demand is high enough. These sessions are for adults and those aged 14+.

New participants must complete a registration form.

Booking and Paying

Booking

If you are bringing a group of 4 or more please book ahead.
If you are an individual or bringing 3 people or less you do not need to book.

Paying

Please pay by EXACT cash – no change will be available. Or you can pay by card. We do not take prepayment. The fee is £5 per person (carers not charged).

COVID-safe

We have put lots of measures in place to make sure you are safe and can have a fun time, enjoying getting some fresh air and exercise on our wonderful cycles!

HANDS: Please sanitise your hands on arrival
SPACE: 2m queuing will be in place. Please keep 5m (more than two lanes) from others when cycling. If it’s busy you may have to wait for turns on the bikes.
FACE: Masks are optional as it is outdoors. But we will ask you to wear one if you are able to if you need to be closer than 2m to a cycle instructor, eg for help to get on a bike.

Sharing: If you wish to share a bike with two seats, this must be with someone else from your household or support bubble.

Sanitising: We will sanitise all bike hand grips and saddles between users. Please follow instructions on where to leave bikes when dismounting – you will be shown what to do.

Helmets: We will not be able to lend cycle helmets. You do not have to wear a helmet. But if you want to you must bring your own helmet. Please let us know if this is a particular problem for you.

Covid-code of conduct: Please download our COVID code of conduct for all participants.

Track and Trace
Our volunteers on the registration desk will be checking we have your correct contact details, so please have your telephone number with you. This is important for track and trace.

If you have any questions please email cycling@ecolocal.org.uk

 

Disability Tennis National Finals 20-22 Nov 2020

Disability Tennis National Finals 20-22 Nov 2020

Disability Tennis National Finals 20-22 Nov 2020

We are very happy to inform you that for now, all this year’s National finals will be running for Learning Disability, Visually Impaired and Wheelchair players.

The government has confirmed that organised activity for larger groups, including tennis competitions, is permitted as an exception to the limit of six.  This is provided the activity is in accordance with the COVID-19 Secure guidelines published by the LTA for venues, coaches, players and competitions.

Organised indoor competition at COVID-19 secure venues can continue to take place, given activity on court for individual matches is under six people. Off-court, individuals should limit their social interaction with others and not socialise in groups of more than six.

Competition draw size may need to be limited depending on a range of factors including the COVID-19 secure capacity of the venue.

The above are the current rules and can change depending on government guidance. For up to date information please see our Coronavirus (Covid-19) – latest update

With the above points being considered, we have been in discussion with all National Final venues. Each venue has their own rules and limitations, which has allowed us to decide the boundaries in which we can run our events. Please see below details of how National events will operate this year. We understand this is not the perfect outcome for our players, but it allows an opportunity to play and compete to those can and those who wish to. If you have any questions once reading the below, please get in touch.

20-22 November – Visually Impaired National Finals – Wrexham Tennis Centre

  • The centre has an on court capacity and social area limitations that have determined our scheduling. The event will therefore be singles only.
  • Each player will be limited to one guest only from their household or social bubble, where possible, we would like to use players guests as their on court helpers as well. This will help us reduce the number of additional volunteers we need on site, which are limited.
  • There will be no social events, players will be asked to leave site when their matches are completed for the day.
  • Entries will be first come first served, a reserve list will be made.
  •  We have two plans, depending on if the university close to the tennis centre will be open or not, we will find this out at the start of October. Please see both plans below, the following are approximate timings and may differ slightly depending on entries. On days where two groups are playing there will be a scheduled “cross over window” and you will be informed exact times in which you can arrive:

 

PLAN A

Tennis Centre

  • Friday20 th November – B2, B3, B4/5 Women and B4/5 Men ONLY
  • Saturday 21st November B2, B3 B4/5 Women and B4/5 Men – 9.00-13.00. B2 and B3 Men 14.30-18.00
  • Sunday 22nd November – B2 and B3 Men ONLY

 

Wrexham University Sport Hall

  • Saturday 21st November – B1 Men and Women, 12.00-18.00
  •  Sunday 22nd November – B1 Men and Women, 9.00-18.00

 

PLAN B

Tennis Centre only

  •  Friday 20th November – ALL Women and B4/5 Men ONLY
  • Saturday 21st November – ALL Women, B1 Men and B4/5 Men – 9.00-13.00. B2 and B3 Men 14.30-18.00
  • Sunday 22nd November – B1, B2 and B3 Men, ONLY

 

Player number caps will be as follows:

  • B1 – 8 men and 8 women
  • B2 – 16 men and 8 women
  • B3 –  16 men and 8 women
  • B4/5 – 8 men and 8 women

 

If you are a junior and would be interested in a junior only draw, please let me know, and this can be added dependant on demand.

Entries will open in October and you will be given one week notice before they open. It will be first-come, first served, with a reserve list. Things may change with localised lockdown rules and government guidance changing, so please keep an eye on all updates we send through.

Kind Regards,

Claire McCulloch
Disability Competitions Co-ordinator

D: +442084877124
M: +447957959057