Latest Lockdown Status

Metro 2021 Update & Online Activity!

Lockdown  Status: Metro Blind Sport

Activity has re-started, and we have more starting each week, so please take a little time to read the updates on the event list and get booked on to a session.

Sports and physical activity  – Current guidance

Full Government guidance here: http://blindsport.uk/GovGuide

The government’s roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions is made up of four steps, with Step 2 – which began on 12 April – now in force.

This means that all outdoor sports facilities, such as tennis and basketball courts, sports pitches, outdoor skateparks and outdoor swimming pools can reopen.

Outdoor gatherings of six people, under the ‘rule of six’, or two households, can take place. Organised outdoor sport and physical activity for adults and children can return and are exempt from legal gathering limits.

Informal sport and physical activity is not covered by any exemptions, and will have to follow the legal gathering limits for outdoors.

In addition to this, indoor facilities such as leisure centres, gyms and indoor swimming pools can now open for adult individual/household only activities – no group sessions are allowed.

Full information on the current rules, a definition of organised outdoor sport and physical activity, and what the next steps in the government’s roadmap mean for sport and activity, are on our frequently asked questions page below.

You can also find out about the exemptions for disabled people, education, coach education and elite sport.

 

Online Activity links below

Chair Yoga

At the end of last year, we released our first online Chair Yoga session with Claire Miller. Session 2 and 3 have since been released and all are available on our YouTube page. https://blindsport.uk/ChairYoga

 

Shape up with Spurs!

Join our FREE virtual exercise classes hosted by Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Health and Wellbeing coaches. We will be running weekly exercise classes exploring different types of training

Sessions take place on Zoom virtual video platform on Wednesday’s at 2 pm

if you wish to register interest or find out more please contact:
Contact: Adam Millar   07392091327 or email  Adam.millar@tottenhamhotspur.com

 

Get Yourself Active at Home

The new ‘Get Yourself Active at Home’ timetable is now available, and videos will be released in January on to their new YouTube channel https://blindsport.uk/GYAYoutube These pre-recorded videos are designed to support disabled people and people with long term health conditions to be active at home. The timetable includes four series all led by different trainers and involving a variety of different activities that can be carried out from the comfort of your home.

British Blind Sport

British Blind Sport have a suite of online audio described classes for people to attend. These include some audio-led workouts, covering a wide range of activities such as Yoga, Pilates, HIIT, Boxercise and Strength. For more details visit their website https://britishblindsport.org.uk/active-at-home/

Eyes-Free Fitness

Don’t forget that we have a full suite of audio described exercise sessions from Eyes-Free Fitness on the Metro Blind Sport website: https://blindsport.uk/AudioExercise

We are very keen to ensure that members remain virtually connected and we are certainly willing to arrange regular online catch ups and social meetings with members. Details of these will be released in due course once they are arranged.

 

LTA: Disability Tennis Competitions 2021 Update

As you can imagine with varying restrictions across the UK at the moment the LTA have found it difficult to finalise a competition calendar for 2021. Understandably many venues don’t want to commit to any events early in the year due to uncertainties, so you will notice most events start a little later than usual.

Below are the events booked in so far, more dates will be added in time. All dates are provisional and are subject to change depending on lockdown restrictions in 2021.

http://blindsport.uk/LTATennis2021

 

Social distancing and advice

Social distancing measures (as defined by Public Health England as spending more than 15 minutes and within a 2-metre distance talking to someone) are now advised not only if we test positive or have symptoms, but in day to day life.  As well as current travel advice, the current UK government is advising anyone with a “new, continuous” cough or high temperature and those they live with need to self-isolate for 14 days.

At Risk groups

The latest advice from the government’s chief medical adviser is that those over 70 currently do not need to be self-isolating. However, in the coming days, every Briton over the age of 70 and those in at-risk groups over the age of 70 will be advised to be “largely shielded from social contact” for 12 weeks to help protect themselves. Those with underlying medical issues such as high blood pressure, lung complaints and weakened or compromised immune systems are more likely to develop serious illness as a result of the disease.

Anyone with a higher risk from viruses such as cold or flu should take sensible steps to reduce the risk of picking up infections. Click here for NHS advice on infection control – it is summarized below:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
  • use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services
  • Click here for the government’s advice if you have symptoms

 

Latest and Practical information

 

Helpful info from the BBC

 

Kind regards

Martin Symcox

CEO Metro Blind Sport

Andy Law

Chair Metro Blind Sport

 

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