News & Online Event Update
The latest update from the Prime Minister has confirmed that the earliest possible date for outdoor sports facilities to reopen will be from the 29th of March. At the same time, organised adult and children’s sport will also return outdoors. The earliest possible time for gyms to reopen is the 12th of April, with indoor sport from the 17th of May.
The government announcement leaves us all waiting to return to sport and physical activity as we know it, but we want to be prepared to start as soon as possible from the end of March.
We have some opportunities for activity outdoors thanks to a walking programme and a cycling programme. Outdoor bowls may be available as well and we are checking with Paddington Sport Club about the return to opening. Other opportunities like football and cricket may be available, and we will update you when we know more.
We intend to deliver weekly walks around London parks with qualified walk leaders and volunteers. This new project is aimed at members and non-members, and we hope to attract up to 15 people to take part in walks with us each week. We intend to choose parks throughout London rather than hold the event in any one location. More details will be released in the coming weeks. Please email Martin or Charlie if you are keen to come along and walk with us.
As you know, all our sports have sport leads, often recruited from within the membership. There is no difference with this project. If you would like to become a walk leader, please get in contact.
We are delighted that we have teamed up with Bikeworks to deliver a new inclusive cycling project. This project is about getting blind and partially people around West London by pedalling (or choosing not to pedal) on Side-by-Side e-cycles, making trips of their choice, solving their transport problems, having a social interaction, and most importantly, getting some exercise.
The project will initially run for two half days a week for 26 weeks. Days will be confirmed shortly. On each day, between 1-3 people will be taken out for 1.5-hour slots. Two slots will be available on each day, potentially offering the service to up to 6 people a day and 12 people a week. Up to three people can travel together (plus the Pilot) since the project cycles can be joined together to make a cycling bus. This means the service can be booked by a group of friends to get people to and from a specific event such as a lunch club or simply to do activity together.
The project will be promoted to Metro Blind Sport members, but we welcome blind and partially sighted non-members to participate. Although the project will be based in West London, members from all over London are welcome to come and have a go if they can safely travel. The cycle is based very near Latimer Road tube station, on the Circle and Hammersmith and Fulham underground lines, making it an accessible meeting location.
We are extremely grateful to The Edward Gostling Foundation for their support of this project. Due to their funding, we can offer this project without a charge to participants.
If you are keen to come along, then please email Martin. firstname.lastname@example.org We will then register your interest and contact you shortly with all the booking details and the days and times the sessions are running.
In the meantime, here are your updated opportunities and news from Metro Blind Sport. More new ways to get active alongside some of the regular features.
Meto Online Tennis
Mark Bullock is back this week to deliver the online tennis sessions. The sessions are on Wednesday and Friday, from 6 pm – 7 pm.
If you want to participate in these free, online coached tennis sessions, please email Martin to register. email@example.com
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
LTA Online Tennis
Additionally, Middlesex Tennis are running Online Inclusive Tennis Sessions every Saturday morning from 11-12.30, with coaches Mark Bullock and Stuart Wilkinson. To sign up, email email@example.com
Our four online Chair Yoga session with Claire Miller remain available. View them all on our YouTube page: http://bit.ly/MetroBlindSportYouTube
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 Active offer a range of inclusive sport and physical activities for people to take part in. They work with experienced instructors and providers who aim to make each session enjoyable, accessible, inclusive and fun. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for booking support, but a link to the activities can be found here. https://blindsport.uk/OnlineSense
New Book – “Ikimasu.” “Hai”: Blind Tennis Rules 2021
Martin Etheridge is a well-known Tennis Umpire (Wimbledon and across the world) who came to support blind tennis a few years ago and was hooked. He quickly became involved in writing guidance for umpires and line judges at blind tennis competitions and now sits on the IBTA Executive committee. He is passionate about the power of sport to make a difference for players with a disability.
Martin has written a book on blind tennis and managed to get it for sale on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08WL8DX9D. His first book is focused on the rules of tennis but also on the history of the game and Miyoshi Takei’s legacy. This book takes you on a journey of discovery to find out how blind tennis first started. It is about one man’s determination and perseverance and will appeal to players, coaches, officials and volunteers alike.
Pathways is Extant’s flagship four-year training programme supporting visually impaired and blind practitioners across the theatre industry. Now celebrating its third year, Pathways Writers follows on from our previous Actors and Directors training programmes.
Join Extant in welcoming the new Pathways Writers group; and for the Round Table “Access to Script: How can we make scripts accessible for blind and visually impaired artists?”:
Date: Monday 1st March
Pathways Writers Launch: 10-11.50am
Round Table: 12-1.30pm
Location: Online via Zoom Cost: FREE
For any questions, please contact email@example.com
Stargardt’s are excited to invite people to their Stargardt’s Connected special World Rare Disease Day Zoom meeting on Sunday 28th February 2021 (12 pm to 2 pm).
At this meeting, they will be launching their new letter-writing campaign calling on MPs to advocate for increased support for research into Stargardt’s Disease.
They will also be introducing the UK’s new rare disease strategy and will be joined by a special guest from Fight for Sight, who will be speaking about their Time to Focus report, which calls for more research into sight loss conditions to help address the personal and financial impact on people.
You can register your place to attend by clicking on the following link https://tinyurl.com/StargardtsCommunity
If you are visually impaired between 18 and 30 years old, University of Southampton PhD student Geane Fontinele wants to hear from you, regardless if you are active or not, before the COVID-19. She is researching ways for visually impaired people to be able to do more sport/physical activity.
Also, she is keen to understand the impact of the pandemic on your physical activity routines. To participate in my study, please fill in this online survey: https://isurvey.soton.ac.uk/33270
If you have any questions, contact Geanne directly on firstname.lastname@example.org Study Reference Number ERGO/FEPS/ 51707.
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
Stay safe and best wishes.
Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team
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