News & Events Update – 12 May

Metro Blind Sport logo with a blue tinted spotlight behind it and faded images of a 4 bowls on the green and a London Metro futsal team player passing the ball behind anothers player back and the text saying Wednesday 12 May Weekly Events & News Update!

Our sport and physical activity sessions continue this week so find out the details of what is on in the latest newsletter.

Football

The London Metro Futsal team took part in a friendly tournament last weekend in Nottingham. The futsal matches were the perfect way for the partially sighted football league to get a few teams together.

Six teams took part, and although London Metro Futsal lost in the semi-finals,  it was an opportunity to take some of the younger new players along for their first experience of playing in a tournament.

Players rotated regularly on and off the pitch, and this ensured plenty of game time for everyone. It was an excellent opportunity to ease people back into competitive football.

The training sessions for partially sighted players are still occurring every Tuesday evening at the Score Centre from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm.

Please book in advance using the link below. Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance.

If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046 or Gareth Jones gareth.jones@tottenhamhotspur.com

 

Bowls

 Good news for those wanting to play bowls, we now have two opportunities each week for people to take part.

We are pleased to confirm that the Ravenscourt Park Bowls Club sessions will begin on 17 May at 2 pm. Please register to play by following the link  https://tinyurl.com/RPBowls17May

The Metro Blind Sport bowls sessions will be continuing at the Paddington Sports Club every Thursday at 3 pm.  Bowls Event list:  https://blindsport.uk/BowlsEvents

If you are interested in playing for the first time, newcomers are very much welcome to come along and try bowls. Please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Members Spotlight

Our latest member spotlight is about our bowls sport lead, Wilbert Williams:  You can read about Wilbert’s journey with Metro, bowls and beyond on our website. Link here: https://blindsport.uk/MSWilbert

 

Tennis

 Now that the LTA have launched their proposed tennis tournament schedule for 2021, Metro Blind Sport is seeking to supplement the number of events by delivering our friendly tournament on Sunday 12 September at Islington Tennis Centre from noon onwards.

Please pencil this date in the diary and details will be circulated next week.

Players are on court today and Friday for the training sessions in Islington, so please use the links below to book your place.

If you are interested in playing for the first time, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046. It has been good to see new members come along since we have restarted tennis.

 

Cricket

 We are keen to welcome players who have never played before or perhaps haven’t played for some time.

We have already had new players come along and take part, and if you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions, please contact our sport lead for cricket, Rory Field rory.field74@gmail.com  07742 323224 or please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

We invite new players and current players to come along to a training session and a net session at Highgate Woods. These sessions occur every Tuesday at 5.30 pm.

 

Netball

The course will start at 5.30 pm on the 22nd of June and run every week until the 27 of July. Qualified coaches will lead the 1-hour weekly session on a Tuesday evening in a covid secure environment.

The project will deliver the skills and techniques played in netball, and they are free to attend. The netball skills sessions will take place at the Score Centre in Leyton with London Pulse Community Lead Lisa Brown

If you want to take part, then please sign up for the first session here: https://tinyurl.com/VINetball22June

All other session dates are available to book on the Metro Blind Sport website.

To find out more, please contact Martin Symcox martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

 

Ride Side-by-Side with Bikeworks and Metro Blind Sport

 Remember, you can book in for one session or a series of sessions, and the great news is, the sessions are all free!

It is an opportunity to do as much or as little exercise as you like and it’s certainly a chance to meet new people and have a chat along the way.

There are still some spaces left for May, but we are now taking bookings for June, so please get in contact with Nikki at Bikeworks to book your place.

If you would like to join a session, please contact Nikki Ray from Bikeworks Nikki.Ray@bikeworks.org.uk 07833757954.

There will be two time slots available for you to choose from on each of the days. Session 1 is from 9.30 am until 11 am, and session 2 is from 11.30 am until 1 pm.

 

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

Running Achilles International

 The regular weekly group runs have restarted, and Achilles International are now training in Hyde Park on a Thursday at 6.30 pm. For more information about these free sessions, please contact Chris Blackabee chrisblackabee@gmail.com or visit the Achilles International UK Facebook page  https://tinyurl.com/AchillesRuns

 

Volunteers

Metro Blind Sport would not be able to do the things that we deliver without the fantastic support of our volunteers.

If you have a family member or friends who would be keen to get involved and volunteer with Metro Blind Sport, please ask them to contact Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

Volunteering can come in many forms, from helping people play sports or helping people travel to activities or promote our activities. We welcome all the help we can get, so please encourage friends to get in touch.

 

News

 The FA

 The FA seeks to recruit four independent members to join The FA Disability Football Committee for the 2021-22 season. Below is a link to the advert together with further details about the role and recruitment process. https://tinyurl.com/FADisabilityC

The application window will close on Friday 21 May 2021.

 

Tennis

The 2021 Event Calendar

Please see the current LTA calendar below, it is subject to change, and the LTA will update with any date changes.

https://tinyurl.com/VITennisComps2021

  1. Newport – 19/20 June
  2. Gosling – 7/8 August
  3. Brighton – 21/22 August
  4. London – 25/26 September
  5. Glasgow – 16/17 October
  6. Visually Impaired National Finals – 19-21 November, Wrexham Tennis Centre

Loughborough, Newcastle and Birmingham are still to be planned, and many venues are unable to confirm this year due to various issues surrounding the pandemic. The LTA is working hard to schedule as many events as possible, and Metro Blind Sport will update all of you as soon as possible. 

 

London Vision

The London Vision team has produced their monthly London Scene newsletter, informing people with sight loss about accessible activities and events happening around London.

The Latest London Scene newsletter is full of information, and you can download it here: https://blindsport.uk/LondonScene

 

Sport, leisure and hobbies 18 May   6 pm – 7 pm 

 Metro Blind Sport and Vocaleyes join us to share leisure, sporting and cultural opportunities in London.

 

Life hacks everyday living May 25th 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm

We will explore tips and tricks used by blind and partially sighted people to complete everyday tasks, from recognising bathroom products to simple DIY.

 

Advanced assistive technology May 25th 6 pm – 7.30 pm

This session is for regular users of assistive technologies and will be led by Graham Page from Thomas Pocklington Trust and Davinder Kullar from RNIB’s technology for life team and is a great opportunity to share ideas and thoughts

For further information and events links, please email info@londonvision.org

 

 

RNIB and VICTA product grant for an Orbit Reader Plus!

RNIB and VICTA are working together to support blind or partially sighted children and young people study with greater independence using technology.

If you are registered blind or partially sighted and a UK resident, you could be eligible for an Orbit Reader Plus for Braille users. The Orbit Reader Plus will only be considered for those aged between 0 and 29 years.

 Link here:  https://tinyurl.com/OrbitRPGrant

 

 

Activity Alliance

Today, the Activity Alliance launches its new 2021-2024 strategy – Achieving Fairness, with an immediate focus on how the national charity will respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite a slight improvement before the pandemic, disabled people remain twice as likely to be inactive as non-disabled people. https://tinyurl.com/AAStrategy

 

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