Tag Archives: 2021

Metro Winners at the VI Tennis National Finals 2021

Photo montage of Metro Tennis players who won their category in the LTA Tennis finals in Wrexham 2021

Visually Impaired Tennis National Finals 2021

Wrexham Tennis Centre 19/11/2021 to  21/11/2021

Congratulations to the winners and to all who took part, from us all at Metro Blind Sport! This year, our Metro members had winners in 6  of the main categories!  Well done to you all, that is a fantastic result!

Metro winners in 2021

 

B1 Men’s Singles

  • Naqi Rizvi

B1 Doubles

  • Tracy Compton
  • Roy Turnham

B2-5 Men’s Doubles

  • Neil Balmforth
  • Ivan Rodriguez-Deb

B2-5 Women’s Doubles

  • Louise Evans
  • Helen Potter

B3 Men’s Singles

  • Paul Ryb

B4/5 Men’s Singles

  • Ivan Rodriguez-Deb

 

Full LTA results click here: Results 2021

 

Want to Learn Blind and partially sighted Tennis?

Visit our Tennis page: Tennis page

To find out more or to  join our  amazing volunteer team, please

Contact: Linda Almond or call 07775 894136

 

 

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Free Dance Classes for VI People in Ealing

Photo of a Dance Dosti Dancer smiling and holding her arms and hand out on front of her Text says Free Dance Classes for Visually Impaired People in ealing Saturday 2-3pm venue: Southall Sports Centre, Beaconsfield

Free Dance Classes for Visually Impaired People in Ealing!

Event Information

Starts  on Saturday from 2nd October for 12 weeks
Dates: Saturday  2, 9, 16, 23, 30  Oct     6. 13, 20, 27 Nov    4, 11.18    Dec
Time:  2.30-3.30 pm   Venue:  Southall Sports Centre, Beaconsfield Rd, UB1 1DP

Dance Dosti is a dance programme for visually impaired people. Join our free 12-week programme in Ealing, supported by Everyone Active.

Learn Bollywood, Bhangra, and other styles in a fun, supportive environment. Classes are for all abilities.

To take part, simply register or call: 07462 895461

Dance Dosti is delivered by Step Change Studios in partnership with Metro Blind Sport and supported by Vision Foundation. email: admin@dancedosti.com

 

Seeking Volunteers for the above  12 classes

Photo of a Dance Dosti teacher guiding a participantEaling Volunteers needed for Dance Dosti

This is a 12-week programme for visually impaired people, Dance Dosti is seeking Volunteers for a number of roles, including Supporting People taking Part during Class.

Volunteering with Dance Dosti is a great way to connect with the local community and to help IMprove Opportunities for more people to be active and included

To take part, simply call: 07462 895461 or email: admin@dancedosti.com

 

Dance Dosti also offers Free, online video Classes –  check out below

Dance Dosti is here to support you to take part in regular dance, and to improve your wellbeing while enjoying the experience. Our free sessions are created as short-bursts of activity to help you fit it in around your daily life, when and where you want.

All video and audio sessions are free to the Dance Dosti community once you register for free. You only need to register once to start dancing.

Try a Dance Dosti class

Sign up    for free to start dancing.

You can then access all sessions for free in future by entering your email to log in.
Dance Dosti website: https://www.dancedosti.com

Accessibility options

For Transcripts, please use this Contact Form   and request the ones you want. A transcript is available for all videos.

 

The Programme

Dance Dosti is based on an 8-week programme. We encourage participants to do two classes a week but you can repeat classes you enjoy, vary the order, and do as many classes as you like. Each session is around 15-minutes.
The Dance Dosti sessions are arranged by language, and choice of standing and seated dance. Our dance content is available in four different languages: English, Gujarati, Hindi, and Bengali. You can choose between video and audio format.

Our Dance Dosti sessions are led by experienced dancers from a South Asian background. The dance sessions are inspired by a fusion of different styles including Bollywood, Latin, Street and Contemporary Dance. Our sessions provide different options for different abilities.

Step Change Studios Founder Rashmi Becker said:

“The idea for Dance Dosti came from seeing the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on people from certain demographics. People from a South Asian background and disabled people have reported greater isolation and inactivity.

As an inclusive dance provider, we know the positive difference dance makes to our quality of life, irrespective of age or ability. It benefits both body and mind.

Our free digital programme is designed as short sessions that can be fitted in to daily life. We want to support people to enjoy learning to dance, to be active at home, and to transition to creative and physical activity outside the home.”

The Dance Dosti project will promote physical activity and use the benefits of dance to bring people together and improve health and wellbeing. The project combines different elements including home and community-based dance, engaging local partners and volunteers to support participation, and providing advice for dance and fitness providers on inclusive practice.

 

Martin Symcox, CEO of Metro Blind Sport said:

“Blind and partially sighted people face barriers in taking part in physical activity and engaging in social activities. I am pleased that this exciting project with Rashmi and her team at Step Change Studios is designed to overcome these barriers and open opportunities up to dance.

Within the visually impaired community there are certain groups who can face a “double disadvantage”.

This programme aims to empower and target at risk communities through a tailored approach, that will enable people to be active by engaging them in spaces and ways they prefer”.

Olivia Curno, Chief Executive of the Vision Foundation, said:

“We couldn’t be more excited about funding this project. While it’s about music, movement and fun, it’s also so much more.

Dance Dosti provides opportunities for an underserved community to engage in an activity to boost both physical and mental health.

Learning from the programme will inform the development of more diverse, inclusive opportunities to be creative and active.”

A series of free community-based programmes will be piloted in five London boroughs from Autumn 2021: Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Newham, and Tower Hamlets. These accessible sessions will be tailored to local communities, supporting blind and partially sighted people to learn to dance and to develop their potential.

Dance Dosti will monitor the impact of dance on a range of measures including mental and physical health, confidence, friendships, increasing independence and learning new skills. Learning from the programme will inform the development of more diverse, inclusive opportunities to be creative and active.

 

Metro Blind Sports Social Networks

Get all the latest blind & partially sighted event information & news as soon as we do!

Metro Blind Sport:  Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Instagram   |  LinkedIn

Metro Blind Sport membership:  more info or Join here

 

Free Dance Classes for VI People in Ealing

Photo of a Dance Dosti Dancer smiling and holding her arms and hand out on front of her Text says Free Dance Classes for Visually Impaired People in ealing Saturday 2nd October, 2-3pm venue: Southall Sports Centre, Beaconsfield Rd, UB1 1DP
Venue:
Southall Sports Centre, Beaconsfield Rd, UB1 1DP
Time:
2.00 pm - 3.00 pm
Phone:
07462 895461
Date:
02nd October 2021
Cost:
Free


Free Dance Classes for Visually Impaired People in Ealing!

Event Information

Starts Saturday 2nd October, Time:  2-3 pm
Venue:  Southall Sports Centre, Beaconsfield Rd, UB1 1DP

Dance Dosti is a dance programme for visually impaired people. Join our free 12-week programme in Ealing, supported by Everyone Active.

Learn Bollywood, Bhangra, and other styles in a fun, supportive environment. Classes are for all abilities.

To take part, simply register or call: 07462 895461

Dance Dosti is delivered by Step Change Studios in partnership with Metro Blind Sport and supported by Vision Foundation. email: admin@dancedosti.com

 

Seeking Volunteers for the above  12 classes

Photo of a Dance Dosti teacher guiding a participantEaling Volunteers needed for Dance Dosti

This is a 12-week programme for visually impaired people, Dance Dosti is seeking Volunteers for a number of roles, including Supporting People taking Part during Class.

Volunteering with Dance Dosti is a great way to connect with the local community and to help IMprove Opportunities for more people to be active and included

To take part, simply call: 07462 895461 or email: admin@dancedosti.com

 

Dance Dosti also offers Free, online video Classes –  check out below

Dance Dosti is here to support you to take part in regular dance, and to improve your wellbeing while enjoying the experience. Our free sessions are created as short-bursts of activity to help you fit it in around your daily life, when and where you want.

All video and audio sessions are free to the Dance Dosti community once you register for free. You only need to register once to start dancing.

Try a Dance Dosti class

Sign up    for free to start dancing.

You can then access all sessions for free in future by entering your email to log in.
Dance Dosti website: https://www.dancedosti.com

Accessibility options

For Transcripts, please use this Contact Form   and request the ones you want. A transcript is available for all videos.

 

The Programme

Dance Dosti is based on an 8-week programme. We encourage participants to do two classes a week but you can repeat classes you enjoy, vary the order, and do as many classes as you like. Each session is around 15-minutes.
The Dance Dosti sessions are arranged by language, and choice of standing and seated dance. Our dance content is available in four different languages: English, Gujarati, Hindi, and Bengali. You can choose between video and audio format.

Our Dance Dosti sessions are led by experienced dancers from a South Asian background. The dance sessions are inspired by a fusion of different styles including Bollywood, Latin, Street and Contemporary Dance. Our sessions provide different options for different abilities.

Step Change Studios Founder Rashmi Becker said:

“The idea for Dance Dosti came from seeing the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on people from certain demographics. People from a South Asian background and disabled people have reported greater isolation and inactivity.

As an inclusive dance provider, we know the positive difference dance makes to our quality of life, irrespective of age or ability. It benefits both body and mind.

Our free digital programme is designed as short sessions that can be fitted in to daily life. We want to support people to enjoy learning to dance, to be active at home, and to transition to creative and physical activity outside the home.”

The Dance Dosti project will promote physical activity and use the benefits of dance to bring people together and improve health and wellbeing. The project combines different elements including home and community-based dance, engaging local partners and volunteers to support participation, and providing advice for dance and fitness providers on inclusive practice.

 

Martin Symcox, CEO of Metro Blind Sport said:

“Blind and partially sighted people face barriers in taking part in physical activity and engaging in social activities. I am pleased that this exciting project with Rashmi and her team at Step Change Studios is designed to overcome these barriers and open opportunities up to dance.

Within the visually impaired community there are certain groups who can face a “double disadvantage”.

This programme aims to empower and target at risk communities through a tailored approach, that will enable people to be active by engaging them in spaces and ways they prefer”.

Olivia Curno, Chief Executive of the Vision Foundation, said:

“We couldn’t be more excited about funding this project. While it’s about music, movement and fun, it’s also so much more.

Dance Dosti provides opportunities for an underserved community to engage in an activity to boost both physical and mental health.

Learning from the programme will inform the development of more diverse, inclusive opportunities to be creative and active.”

A series of free community-based programmes will be piloted in five London boroughs from Autumn 2021: Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Newham, and Tower Hamlets. These accessible sessions will be tailored to local communities, supporting blind and partially sighted people to learn to dance and to develop their potential.

Dance Dosti will monitor the impact of dance on a range of measures including mental and physical health, confidence, friendships, increasing independence and learning new skills. Learning from the programme will inform the development of more diverse, inclusive opportunities to be creative and active.

 

Metro Blind Sports Social Networks

Get all the latest blind & partially sighted event information & news as soon as we do!

Metro Blind Sport:  Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Instagram   |  LinkedIn

Metro Blind Sport membership:  more info or Join here

 

Metro Tennis Tournament – 12 Sept 2021

Photo of two tennis players returning the ball text says Metro Tennis Tournament 12 September 2021

This event is open to current Metro Blind Sport members only,  aged 16+.

By popular demand, the day will consist of a B1 singles competition and a B2-B5 mixed doubles competition. Doubles partners will be drawn out of a hat.

 

Tennis Tournament 2021 Event  Details

Date: Sunday 12th September Time:  12 pm – 6 pm
Venue: Islington Tennis Centre, Market Road, London N7 9PL
Cost: £5 per player payable on the day.

Booking required
Booking Form: https://www.tfaforms.com/4912801

Meet and greet:
This will be available from Caledonian Road at 11.30 am. Please inform martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org if this is required.

 

 Timings:
Registration will commence at 11:45 am until 12:15 pm in the upstairs Gallery
(subject to change).

Play will start promptly at 12:30 pm and finish by 5 pm.  We have three courts booked; two will be set up for B2-B5 doubles, and one for B1 singles.

 Trophies will be presented in the upstairs gallery after 5 pm.
  

Competition format:
We are hoping to play a round-robin format for B1 and B2-B5’s events. This will be determined by the number of entries and will be confirmed nearer the time. We aim to have a schedule of play available one week prior to the tournament. We expect this event to be popular. In the event of having to restrict numbers, preference will be given in order of receipt of entries.

 Tournament rules:
B1 players must wear eyeshades. These will be inspected by the umpires before play starts.
B1 players will be allowed up to 3 bounces, B2 up to 3 bounces, B3 up to 2 bounces and B4/B5 one bounce. 

Dress code:
White tops must be worn by all players.

 Catering:
A packed lunch will be provided for players, umpires and volunteers. Please bring your own water bottle.

Volunteers: 
Additional support makes a big difference by helping us deliver a great tennis tournament for all. Please let us know of any volunteers/umpires who are free to help along with any family, friends and colleagues who may also be able to assist on the day. 

General enquiries:
Please email Charlie Raven, martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org or call on 08956 292 046.

 

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Metro Tennis Tournament – 12 Sept 2021

Photo of two tennis players returning the ball text says Metro Tennis Tournament 12 September 2021
Venue:
Islington Tennis Centre, Market Road, London N7 9PL
Time:
12 noon Register 11.45am - 6.00 pm
Phone:
08956 292 046
Date:
12th September 2021
Cost:
£5


This event is open to current Metro Blind Sport members only,  aged 16+.

By popular demand, the day will consist of a B1 singles competition and a B2-B5 mixed doubles competition. Doubles partners will be drawn out of a hat.

 

Metro Tennis Tournament 2021

Date: Sunday 12th September Time:  12 pm – 6 pm
Venue: Islington Tennis Centre, Market Road, London N7 9PL
Cost: £5 per player payable on the day.

Booking required
Booking Form: https://www.tfaforms.com/4912801

Meet and greet:
This will be available from Caledonian Road at 11.30 am. Please inform martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org if this is required.

 

 Timings:
Registration will commence at 11:45 am until 12:15 pm in the upstairs Gallery
(subject to change).

Play will start promptly at 12:30 pm and finish by 5 pm.  We have three courts booked; two will be set up for B2-B5 doubles, and one for B1 singles.

 Trophies will be presented in the upstairs gallery after 5 pm.
  

Competition format:
We are hoping to play a round-robin format for B1 and B2-B5’s events. This will be determined by the number of entries and will be confirmed nearer the time. We aim to have a schedule of play available one week prior to the tournament. We expect this event to be popular. In the event of having to restrict numbers, preference will be given in order of receipt of entries.

 Tournament rules:
B1 players must wear eyeshades. These will be inspected by the umpires before play starts.
B1 players will be allowed up to 3 bounces, B2 up to 3 bounces, B3 up to 2 bounces and B4/B5 one bounce. 

Dress code:
White tops must be worn by all players.

 Catering:
A packed lunch will be provided for players, umpires and volunteers. Please bring your own water bottle.

Volunteers: 
Additional support makes a big difference by helping us deliver a great tennis tournament for all. Please let us know of any volunteers/umpires who are free to help along with any family, friends and colleagues who may also be able to assist on the day. 

General enquiries:
Please email Charlie Raven, martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org or call on 08956 292 046.

 

 

Metro Blind Sports Links & Social Networks

Get all the latest blind & partially sighted event information & news as soon as we do!

Metro Blind Sport:  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  LinkedIn

Metro Blind Sport membership:  more info or Join here