News & Online Event Update – 17 Feb 2021

Weekly online event and news Update 17 Feb 2021

News & Online Event Update

Here is this weeks update on the latest online opportunities and news to help you keep active! Take the time to have a read through and see what is on in the next few days.

Weekly challenge

Our final weekly challenge for now. 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 ‘The Plank’. Watch the video here.

Get Yourself Active Website

Have you seen the new section of their website yet? It has been designed so that you can easily find resources to help you to stay active at home during this time. It includes a variety of resources from various organisations, from videos to toolkits

They have launched their fourth and final series of videos, Becky will be showing you a variety of standing and seated strength exercises that you can do at home. Perfect for keeping active during this time!

Shape up with Spurs

Sessions continue on Zoom on Wednesday’s at 2pm if you wish to register interest or find out more please contact: Adam Millar, 07392091327,


While you are at home make sure you check out the LTA Tennis at Home Hub which has loads of video content and tools for keeping active. Additionally Middlesex Tennis are running Online Inclusive Tennis Sessions every Saturday morning 11-12.30, with coaches Mark Bullock and Stuart Wilkinson.

To sign up email


Our four online Chair Yoga session with Claire Miller remain available. View them all on our YouTube page

 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 live sessions details by clicking here

News Items


The LTA have provided an update on Disability Competitions. The LTA have made the decision to extend the cancellation of tennis competitions up to Sunday 21 March. Due to this decision and the uncertainty of venues re-opening until April, we will be postponing all disability events until April. Where possible this year we will try and re-schedule events rather than cancelling them.

You will find an updated event list here: Disability Competitions Calendar, you will notice a lot of “TBCs” still, this is due to many venues being closed and staff being on furlough, as soon as we can we will update you on any new events.

Sleep Health Study

Sleep Health Study are advertising The Blind Veterans UK and Circadian Therapeutics Online Sleep Survey to understand more about the association between vision impairment and sleep, health, and wellbeing. The Survey can be completed at home via the online link, or by telephone with one of our friendly researchers. Link to register interest in the Online Sleep Survey: or call 01865 546582.


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 results of the weekly challenge with us 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

Mindful Poetry

Dr Beverley Duguid has created a mindful poetry course for blind and visually impaired people. Mindfulness is a form of meditation which is used to combat stress, anxiety and depression. Poetry has been used for centuries to convey thoughts and feelings on a particular subject. This course combines mindfulness and poetry to help you craft poems and prose. This course is bought to you by RBKC Arts Grants and is Free of charge to participants. It is taught on Zoom and starts in March.

Enrol via email:

Questions, email


There is an exciting opportunity to express your views on how to make Badminton more available to blind and partially sighted individuals. As part of its Diversity and Inclusion campaign, Badminton England is undertaking a study aimed at understanding the barriers to play and improving the accessibility of the sport.

British Blind Sport is working closely with Badminton England to explore the possibilities within the sport and ensure that visually impaired people have the opportunity to participate. To do this, we need to understand your experiences, challenges and needs.

The survey below will allow Badminton England to gain further insight into how they can make meaningful changes to support under-represented groups in their sport.

Everyone is welcome to complete the Diversity & Inclusion survey and share their experiences. All responses will remain confidential.


Please find the link here to get the February 2021 issue of the Braille Chess Association’s Gazette.


TfL are seeking views on the use of in-vehicle CCTV in taxis (black cabs) and private hire vehicles (PHVs) including minicabs in London.

In July 2020, the Department for Transport (DfT) published statutory taxi and PHV standards. These include a number of standards that taxi and PHV licensing authorities are expected to implement. The standards also state that all licensing authorities should undertake a consultation on in-vehicle CCTV in taxis and PHVs.

They are interested in your views on the following:

  • Do you think all taxis (black cabs) and PHVs (including minicabs) in London should have in-vehicle CCTV fitted as a mandatory requirement, or should the current position of allowing vehicle owners to choose to fit in-vehicle CCTV systems be maintained?
  • What are your views of the local considerations to take into account in London, and how this affects whether in-vehicle CCTV should be mandatory in all London licensed taxis and PHVs?
  • What positive impacts may arise if in-vehicle CCTV was in operation in all London licensed taxis and PHVs?
  • What negative impacts may arise if in-vehicle CCTV was in operation in all London licensed taxis and PHVs?

 You can let TfL know what you think by completing their survey. Please visit their consultation website for more information. The closing date for responding to the consultation is Monday 22 March 2021.

If you have any questions about this, please email with ‘In-vehicle CCTV in taxis and PHVs’ in the subject line.

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team


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