News & Online Event Update – 10 Feb 2021

Weekly online event and news Update 10 Feb 2021

Here is this week updated opportunities and news. Take the time to have a read through and see what is on in the next few days.

 

Weekly challenge

It is weekly challenge time. It has been good to see some of you posting your results on to social media. The video is only one minute, and the activities are all a bit of fun. Please get involved and share your achievements with us. This week’s challenge is ‘Torso Twist’.
Video link here: http://blindsport.uk/TorsoTwists

 

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 Adam.millar@tottenhamhotspur.com

 

Yoga

Our four online Chair Yoga session with Claire Miller remain available. View them all on our YouTube page: http://bit.ly/MetroBlindSportYouTube

 

Multisport – Croysutt Warriors

Croysutt Warriors Goalball Club has a new session running 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 take place in CR0 6EA.

The sessions are run on a Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, and all levels are welcome. Participants are asked only to travel to the sessions by private car or taxi.
Potential participants must contact Croysutt Warrior, and they will give all the details and conditions prior to attendance.

Please phone or email Robin on 07889648925 or Croysuttwarriors@outlook.com

 

Football – Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury Football are excited to launch their new online inclusive Zoom football sessions! Sessions are open to all disabilities/abilities, and no experience of football is required. Just come along, have fun and be active! All you need is a small square space, ball and some markers (These could be rolled up socks, plastic cups, toys etc.)
When: Wednesdays from 10th February Time: 4:00-4:45pm
Age: 6-16 years,  All disabilities/abilities welcome!
Where: Zoom –  Sign Up via the Meeting ID – 84944770911
Any Questions? Contact cameron@bloomsburyfootball.com or call 07565 959 951

 

Get Yourself Active Website

The Get Yourself Active team at Disability Rights UK has been busy working on projects to ensure that the general public can access ideas and content that provide the tools to be active in a way that is right for them. They have created a new section of the GYA website  Link: https://tinyurl.com/yxjetrsf

So that disabled people and people with long term health conditions can easily find resources to support them to be active during this time.

The new section of the website is easy to navigate, with a helpful video to show individuals how to access the different pages. They have collected videos which individuals can find according to which activity they are interested in. They also have pages dedicated to other resources, such as worksheets and downloadable resources.

 

British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation has pulled together a series of activities that can be carried out at home. Take a look at the chair-based exercises and strengthening exercises in this link: https://tinyurl.com/y4dtr7kw

 

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 https://britishblindsport.org.uk/the-active-at-home-programme

 

Sense

The latest Sense sport and wellbeing activity sessions you can complete over the next two weeks have been released. They have live sessions, pre-recorded sessions and written instruction sheets to help you be a little more active. To find out what they have planned, including Sensory Circuits and Drumming to Music then please click here https://blindsport.uk/OnlineSense

 

News Items

LTA

The LTA has announced the next step in their work to drive forward inclusion and diversity in tennis, with the recruitment of a new group of almost 50 people from across all areas of the sport to enable them to listen to and draw on their diverse range of views and experiences.

Called the IDEA Group, standing for inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility, it brings together LTA colleagues with diverse representatives from across the tennis community, including players, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans. Mark Bullock and Paul Gillet are part of the group of 50 people so please share any feedback you may have, and we can pass it on to them.

For the full news item, please click here: https://tinyurl.com/y2gxs66a

 

Baluji Music Foundation

The Baluji Music Foundation are really excited to present Rishi Gulati, from the Inner Vision Orchestra, in concert on sax on Saturday 20th February at 4 pm. The Inner Vision Orchestra is the only professional orchestra of blind musicians anywhere in the world.
Rishi will perform a selection of jazz, popular and Latin classics and they hope they will bring to mind the sunny days when he was busking in Sydney! The concert is free, but they do of course welcome donations to the Baluji Music Foundation.
Join Rishi from the comfort of your home. This concert will be available as a Youtube Premiere. Please register here: https://tinyurl.com/y4385wc4 (on Eventbrite) and a link will be provided to all attendees before the concert begins. Any problems registering on Eventbrite, so please email baluji@baluji.com and they will sign you up.

 

Facebook

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 weekly challenge results 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 https://www.facebook.com/metroblindsport

 

London Youth Games

London Youth Games are putting disabled young Londoners at the heart of the competition, empowering them to set, film, complete and share sport-related challenges as part of the LYG Virtual Inclusive Games – an eight-week virtual challenge series launching on Tuesday 9th February.

Following the summer’s Virtual Games’ success, which attracted over 40,000 entries during the first national lockdown, London Youth Games has taken an inclusive approach to its latest virtual offering. The LYG Virtual Inclusive Games will feature inclusive challenges set by young disabled people, including suggested adaptations to ensure as many young Londoners as possible can get involved.

To participate in the LYG Virtual Inclusive Games, young Londoners must complete the challenges and submit their scores via the London Youth Games website. Challenges will be released every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9 am via the London Youth Games website and social media channels.

Find out more here https://www.londonyouthgames.org/virtual-games/

 

Visionary

We are pleased to be working with Visionary to provide advice and guidance to their members’ network in the coming weeks.

At Visionary, they have heard repeated concerns from rehab workers about blind and partially sighted people becoming less active in lockdown and as a result, becoming less mobile.

Visionary has arranged a series of sessions over the next few weeks with Metro Blind Sport and British Blind Sport to provide rehab workers and others with solutions and tips to get people active. Plus, they have arranged an opportunity to hear directly from those working in the sight loss sector on what barriers exist and what more could be done to overcome these barriers.

Top tips for keeping active   *New session*

http://blindsport.uk/TopTips
Monday 15 February, 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm
(a one-off in the series of Get Active Month)
Practical examples of what you can do to help keep blind and partially sighted people active with:
Martin Symcox, CEO of Metro Blind Sport
Mark Bullock, Inclusive Sports Development Advisor and Coach
Alex Pitts, National Partnerships Manager at British Blind Sport.

The missing activity pieces *New session*

https://blindsport.uk/MissingActivity
Wednesday 24 February, 10.30 am to 11.30 am (a one-off in the series of Get Active Month).  Your chance to highlight the barriers to activity and to help identify what blind and partially sighted people need to have to be active.:
Martin Symcox, CEO of Metro Blind Sport
Mark Bullock, Inclusive Sports Development Advisor and Coach
Alex Pitts, National Partnerships Manager at British Blind Sport

 

Vision Foundation

Join Hayley Mills and Dame Judi Dench in conversation with Stephen Fry on 25th February 2021. The late Sir John Mills, Vision Foundation Senior Vice President, maintained a high-profile film and stage career while losing his sight.

To pay tribute to Sir John and mark the Vision Foundation’s centenary in 2021, friends and family of Sir John will be looking back at his career and challenging the ongoing stigma of visual impairment in the workplace.

Vision Foundation are delighted to invite you to this extraordinary evening, taking place virtually on 25th February 2021 at 6:45 pm (GMT).

To join their celebration of 100 years working with blind and partially sighted people, please click the link below to sign up and receive your joining instructions.

Link: https://tinyurl.com/yxzbkh5t

 

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

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