The weather might not be too nice, but we continue with activities in many sports. Details of what is on can be found below.
Last week we announced that we had confirmed dates for the new netball sessions. Open for members and non-members, female and male players, the netball skills sessions will take place at the Score Centre in Leyton with London Pulse Community Lead Lisa Brown. Lisa and a team of London Pulse volunteers completed visual awareness training with Metro Blind Sport before the first lockdown and have been excited for weeks to get these skills sessions started.
The course will start at 5.30 pm on 22 June and run every week until 27 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.
If you want to take part, then please sign up for the first session here:
All other session dates are available to book on the Metro Blind Sport website.
To find out more, please contact Martin Symcox firstname.lastname@example.org.
It was good to have the players on court last week, and we will return on court next week, so please use the links below to book your place.
- 12 May 2021 6 pm – 8 pm https://tinyurl.com/BTennis12May
- 14 May 2021 6 pm – 8 pm https://tinyurl.com/VITennis14May
If you are interested in playing for the first time, Please contact Charlie email@example.com 07956 292046.
It has been terrific to see new members come along since we have restarted tennis.
Kingston Tennis Tournament
Metro Blind Sport member Chris Blake is organising a friendly tournament for 8 B2 – B5 players on Sunday 16 May from 10 am until 4 pm. The matches will be on three outdoor artificial grass courts. It will be a singles event at the Coombe Wood Lawn Tennis Club, 38 Galsworthy Rd, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7BS.
They have four/five players confirmed, so they need three to four more to join in. For more information, please contact Chris Blake at 07873 790748, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The sessions for partially sighted players are 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.
- 11 May 2021 https://tinyurl.com/Footie11May
The Metro Blind Sport bowls sessions will be continuing at the Paddington Sports Club every Thursday at 3 pm for those that want to join a friendly game. The new venue has been very welcoming, and the players have settled in nicely to the sports club.
If you are interested in playing for the first time, newcomers are very much welcome to come along and try bowls. Please contact Charlie email@example.com 07956 292046.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 07742 323224 or contact Charlie email@example.com 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.
Ride Side-by-Side with Bikeworks and Metro Blind Sport
The sessions are still going well, so If you want to have a go, get in contact. You can come along by yourself or arrange to bring along a friend or family member. Remember, you can book in for one session, a series of sessions, and the great news is that 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. The sessions in May will be on the following days:
- Tuesday 18 May
- Wednesday 19 May
- Tuesday 25 May
- Wednesday 26 May
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.
If you would like to join a session, please contact Nikki Ray from Bikeworks Nikki.Ray@bikeworks.org.uk 07833757954.
Cycling Merton Sports and Social Club
Merton Sports and Social Club (MSSC) are keen to see as many people as possible experiencing the joy of tandem cycling and all its physical, mental and social benefits. So, they would like to know, Covid notwithstanding, if you have ever fancied having a go at tandem cycling with MSSC, but have never actually booked up for one of their rides, what is stopping you? Is it lack of experience, lack of fitness, lack of confidence, transport issues or perhaps the timings of rides? Whatever it is, please let MSSC know, and they can see what they can do to address your concerns. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cycling Wheels for Wellbeing
Wheels for Wellbeing are restarting their Saturday sessions at Croydon Sports Arena from 1 May 2021! From May, they will be running two open sessions per week at Croydon Arena – on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
To find out how to book a space at one of their sessions, please visit their website https://wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk/.
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.email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Achilles International UK Facebook page https://tinyurl.com/AchillesRuns
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 email@example.com. 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.
BBC News Survey
Take the survey here https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/BBCDisabilityCovid19/
Sense has officially launched their new Arts, Sport & Wellbeing Activity Finder platform to help you to find and enjoy accessible activities in your own space.
The Activity Finder collates over 100+ free accessible activities suitable for people with sensory impairments or complex disabilities via their website. Search for activities using the activity finder here: http://blindsport.uk/SenseActivities
The team at London Vision have produced their monthly London Scene newsletter, which informs people with sight loss about accessible activities and events happening around London, including local society events. May’s newsletter is full of information so have a read here https://blindsport.uk/LondonScene
Apps and Gadgets
Five of the RNIB Technology for Life volunteers have shared their favourite apps and gadgets for looking after your mental and physical Wellbeing, from guided meditation to activity trackers. Check them out here: https://tinyurl.com/RNIB5Apps
Croydon Vision’s Facebook Live events
These events occur every Thursday at 4 pm. To join, follow the link:
May’s highlights include:
- 6 May – Eye health and busting myths about your eyes
How to take care of your eyes and a bit of fun finding out if it is true or false with Dhruvin Patel.
- 13 May – A thought: Diversity, Race & Generations
Join the conversation with Susanette.
- 20 May – Your House, Your Gym!
Explore the possibilities of using your house as a gym and create your own circuit training with Odette.
Metro Blind Sports Links & Social Networks
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