Many people are surprised that people who are sight impaired can take part in archery; however it has a long history here in the UK, particularly amongst people who are totally blind.
With the foot locater and aiming guide it is possible to access and compete in this sport, we shoot our arrows from what is known as a re-curve bow, similar to the type used in London 2012.
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Athletics is an integral component of the Paralympic Games, each sport being divided up according to sight category, with track events carrying the option of a sighted guide runner (attached via rope) for those with low or no vision.
The Annual Metro Athletics Open is our number one event for blind and partially sighted athletes in the region, regardless of experience. It is open to everyone from under 18s to veteran athletes.
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Bowls is very suitable for totally blind and partially sighted players, as only some very minor adaptations need to be made. The visually impaired bowler can play singles, pairs, triples or in a team of four.
There is no reason why VI bowlers can’t play against fully sighted players and they often do. It is a sport for people of all ages.
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Bowls Contact: Eric Gallacher Email Eric or Tel. 0208 985 6245
Cricket for blind and partially sighted people is played with a size 3 plastic football with ball bearings inside to enable players to hear the ball. The game is similar to mainstream cricket.
Teams consist of four blind/severely visually impaired players and seven partially sighted players. Metro play their home matches at Highgate Wood. The Metro Devils Team welcomes both men and women, and players of all abilities and ages. So even if you’ve never played cricket before, and you fancy giving it a go, please do get in touch..
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Cricket Contact: Rory Field Email Rory or Tel. 07742 323224
Cycling is a great way to keep healthy and fit while having fun at the same time!
We have put this page together to help our Members and visitors, find the most local and regular Vision Impaired Tandem Cycling sessions, as easily as possible.
The Quick links on the Cycling page will take you to the available Tandem Cycling sessions in the London area right now!
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Metro is a partner organisation of London Metro Futsal Club. This setup provides adult partially sighted footballers with the opportunity to train and compete against other partially sighted teams on a regular basis.
We also work in closely with Tottenham Hotspur FC to offer under 18 football projects and team session events on a regular basis.
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Football Contact: Gareth Jones Email Gareth or Tel. 020 8365 5159
Metro works in partnership with local leisure providers and user-led groups, including East London Vision and South East London Vision, to run a number of successful Multi Activity Sports Days.
The aim of these days is to offer a range of FREE sport, across an afternoon, giving visually impaired participants a flavour of what sort of activities in which they could participate in London. Some of the sports and activities have included tandem cycling, sailing goalball, soundball tennis and Athlefit, a fitness programme which combines athletics with getting and keeping fit.
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Multi Event Contact: Ian Francis Email Ian or Tel. 07814 751643
Many blind and partially sighted people are naturally skilled at sailing on the wind – imagine being at the helm and in control of the boat, nudging the wheel back or forth as you feel the wind shift across your face!
Metro does not own a yacht or organise sailing trips, , but there are many UK-based projects that offer sailing opportunities to blind and partially sighted people, including accessible Day Skipper Courses for those who’ve found their sea legs and caught the sailing bug! Photo Credit: Microsoft
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Sailing Contact: Amanda Green Email Amanda or Tel. 07790 102147
Most of the skiing that blind and partially sighted people do will be cross-country or Nordic skiing. This is immense fun, and great exercise in the outdoors.
Cross-country skiing involves skiing in ready prepared tracks or grooves in the snow. Blind and partially sighted people ski with a guide who will assist in the way that best meets the skier’s needs and preferences.
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Skiing Contact: Mike Brace Email Mike or Tel. 07973 124012
Metro Blind Sport in partnership with Ealing Swimming Club and Everyone Active are offering one to one swimming lessons, as we believe this is the best way to start if you have always wanted to try swimming, but need that one to one support.
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SwimmingContact: Fred Email Fred or Tel. 07428 783509
Metro started running training sessions in tennis in 2007.Sound ball tennis is played on either a badminton court or a standard tennis court using a junior tennis racket and an adapted sponge ball that makes a noise when it bounces.Just like standard tennis, you can play singles or doubles. Metro offers regular evening practice sessions in London with a coach on hand and organizes an annual national tournament in the autumn.
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Tennis Contact: Odette Battarel Email Odette or Tel. 07974 578637