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Cricket: The Lord Gave And The Lord Has Taken Away

Metro with 2021 National League Trophy

BBS Primary Club Heinrich Swanepoel Memorial Cup 2021

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Metro hung onto the BBS Primary Club Heindrich Swanepoel Memorial Cup, despite some suspect handing, on the trip up to Northampton County Ground for the 2021 cup final.

Metro had held the trophy for two years after taking the trophy with its new name for the first time against Somerset in 2019. However, during the game, their hold failed as their opponents’ safe hands took eight catches to dismiss Metro 24 runs short of the total needed for victory.

In an exclusive, our well-placed source can reveal, one of the three nick behinds taken did come off the body, not the bat! Amit stood in disbelief as he was given entry to the Primary Club and had almost to be dragged from the wicket by his runner. The small misjudgement was only admitted later our source can reveal. Gerald held two other catches – Hassan to leave Metro in trouble at 13 for 3 and the final wicket of Damion who made 90 and ensured an exciting end to the match.

After the game Metro’s impressive league cricket was celebrated as they received the 2021 BCEW National League cup having secured the title before playing their final game which is away in Manchester on 19th September. So just one cup to bring home, not the prayed and hoped for double – that will have to wait for another season.


Playing in their first-ever BBS cup final Northants got off to a good start by winning the toss, Metro will need to work on improving this aspect of their game as this has been an all too frequent result this year. Opting to bat Northants started with their Hassan and the dangerous David Howells.

First blood went to Northants on the pitch as Hassan scored 11 from the opening over bowled by Amit. Metro roared back into the game with Mo and Rory bowling; Mo delivering a double-wicket maiden in his second over as Matt caught David at mi9d-off and then Hassan took a sharp chance to dismiss Mark Turnham.

The Ali brother then came together and batted carefully before Hassan was trapped LBW as Justin bowled a wicket maiden in his second over. So after 10 overs at 47 for 3 Metro were looking good but Gerald and Asif put on a 90 run partnership in the next 10 overs before Hassan and Mo combined again to dismiss Gerald.

This slowed the scoring rate again the remaining overs went almost exactly like the first 10 with Northants adding 50 for the loss of three wickets; Mo took at catch off Damion and Rory had the Northants skipper out hit wicket and then a final over nick through to Justin behind the stumps.

On a good pitch, it seemed that a chase of 188 ought to be within the capability of Metro with Damion adding strength to the batting that had scored 233 against Somerset. There were huge cheers as David Keeling’s first ball was smashed to the mid-wicket boundary by Matt. Dave was bowling looping deliveries with a lot of spin and got his revenge two balls later as Matt repeated the pull but up into air to give a fairly simple catch to Asif.

He teased all at the ground with a juggle but clung on to boost Northants in the field. Things got worse for Metro as Dave took a wicket in each of his first three overs, with David Howells catching Justin and that first nick behind by Hassan.

With Damion at the crease, things did look a bit brighter as the Metro worm overtook the Northants one in the seventh over and stayed ahead for the whole game. Nick and Damion gave Metro their best partnership of 59 before David took as second catch in Dave Ks’ fifth over, after the surprise of finding he had not taken a wicket in his fourth.

As he completed his second spell of three he was back in form, taking to one wicket that fell to simply good bowling as he bowled Mark. That is not to say that the Northants bowling was poor, simply that shot selection and offering catches contributed to all the other wickets.

Well that is apart from the horrible mix up that saw Rory run out, Matt running for Damion had no interest in a two with the ball heading to Asif; but Rory had turned and started before being sent back but was unable to make his ground as the wicket was broken.

Nine down but Ahmed saw off the final two balls of the over and with six left including three total overs and two from weaker partial bowlers the next over was key. Asif got one to bounce outside off stump and a tiring Damion could onto edge it to huge cheers from Northants.

It was a game played in a good spirit with some final individual performances, Damion’s 90 from 65 balls; Asif’s 82 from 64 balls and 5.1 overs, maiden and three for 12, Mo’s 6 overs, 2 maidens three for 11, but overshadowed by David Keeling’s 6 overs, five for 22. That places him second on the list of stellar cup final bowlers, ahead of Dave Samuels 5 for 25 from 1997 and the remarkable Heindrich’s 6 for 7 in 2001.

There was a consolation award for Matt Dean as BCEW partially sighted batsman of the year before a trip out to drop sorrows and plot for the Lancashire game and the 2022 season.

The Lord Gave And The Lord Has Taken Away – Job 1:21

Match report by Paul Toplis


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BBS ‘scales up’ the See My Voice Programme!

British Blind Sport scales up their successful See My Voice programme

British Blind Sport ‘scales up’ their successful See My Voice programme!

Following the success of the three year See My Voice programme that British Blind Sport developed to support blind and partially sighted young people achieve leadership skills through volunteering, we are delighted to announce that we have been selected by Sport England as one of only five organisations that have been given the opportunity to ‘Scale Up’ the programme.

The programme was chosen for its potential to scale its success from Sport England’s existing pool of volunteering fund grantees.

Over the next 18 months BBS will receive support from social impact consultancy, Spring Impact to pilot their approach to scaling See My Voice and explore new partnerships with other organisations to work alongside to enable young people from different impairment groups and backgrounds to participate.

Since its launch in 2018, the ‘See My Voice’ programme has supported 159 Young Leaders to contribute over 2650 hours of their time to help facilitate clubs, events and organisations across the UK.

They have volunteered in a variety of capacities, including coaching and event coordination to develop skills that will inevitably increase their confidence and enhance their employment prospects.

‘See My Voice’ helps young people to develop life skills, leadership qualities and a recognised qualification to take with them into future employment and volunteering experiences.

Melanie Piper, See My Voice Lead Officer said, “This is an exciting time for the project and is a fantastic opportunity for young people to have a positive and lasting impact on the wider sporting community. The scaling up of the programme allows us to offer more meaningful volunteering experiences and support organisations to adopt inclusive volunteering practices nationwide.”

Spring Impact’s Steve Robcraft, Managing Consultant said “We are excited to be working with British Blind Sport (BBS) through Sport England’s Scaling Programme to support its ambitious efforts to scale its fantastic See My Voice (SMV) programme.

Working with strategically aligned partners will be an exciting opportunity for BBS to expand access to the SMV programme, empowering more young disabled people and influencing host organisations that offer volunteering opportunities to adopt more inclusive practices, with the ultimate aim that disability inclusion becomes the norm within the sports sector and beyond.”

Rainbow Mbuangi, a previous Young Leader said, “’ See My Voice’ made me realise I didn’t have a disability. I had a different ability. I would encourage any young person who is looking to enhance their leadership skills to apply for this amazing opportunity!”

British Blind Sport are looking for young people with a visual impairment between the ages of 14 and 19 to volunteer for the year-long scheme, which will begin in September 2021. Applications are now open and will close at 5pm on the 27th of August 2021.

In addition, if you are interested in becoming a delivery partner or becoming a host organisation for young volunteers, please contact Melanie Piper, See My Voice Lead Officer, at melanie@britishblindsport.org.uk

For details about the delivery of the project and the Young Leader recruitment process, please contact Connor Fellows, See My Voice Delivery Officer, at connor@britishblindsport.org.uk

For more information, please visit the British Blind Sport website.



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Youth Advisory Panel – Applications Open 25 Sept!

British Blind Sport Youth Advisory Panel - Applications Open - 25 Sept!

British Blind Sport have announced a new Youth Advisory Panel for young people with a  VI, involved in sport and physical activity 🤸 Applications open on September 25th

So get your thinking caps on!

Youth Advisory Panel

British Blind Sport is excited to announce that we will be selecting up to 12 young people with visual impairments and aged 16-25, to become part of a new Youth Advisory Panel.

The Panel, or ‘YAP’, will act as a voice for young visually impaired (VI) people involved in sport in the UK, support BBS with policy and project development and advise on issues relating to young VI people in sport and physical activity.  As this project develops we are hoping that the Panel will also be able to advise and influence a range of sports organisations on how they can best support VI volunteers and participants.

This is a fantastic opportunity to for young VI people to truly be heard and have a positive and long lasting impact on the wider sporting community.

Applications will open from Friday 25th September when a full information pack will be released alongside the application form. For more info, head over to 👉 bit.ly/BBSYAP 

Applications can be fun and innovative to provide you with the opportunity to show us the best version of you!  You can apply through the application form or send us an audio recording or video submission.  The deadline for submissions is Friday 16th October.

Please continue to check this page as new information will be uploaded frequently.

In the meantime, for more information, please contact Tommy@britishblindsport.org.uk or Kian@britishblindsport.org.uk



Return to Play: Sports and Leisure Sector Guidance

RNIB BBS & Metro Blind Sport's Best Practice Leisure Guidelines

RNIB, British Blind Sport, Metro Blind Sport and Visionary issue guidance for leisure operators to support the return of blind and partially sighted people

In preparation for the reopening of leisure and sport facilities, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), British Blind Sport (BBS), Metro Blind Sport and Visionary have been working together to provide practical guidance to support the return of blind and partially sighted people to physical activity.

Research conducted by RNIB has found that two thirds (66 per cent) of blind and partially sighted people feel less independent now compared to before lockdown, demonstrating that social distancing measures, as brought in to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, are incredibly difficult for many people living with sight loss. In addition, inaccessible signage and fear about how the public will react to them if they are unable to follow the guidelines is causing increased stress and worry.

In response to these anxieties, RNIB, BBS, Metro and Visionary have created practical guidance which will help leisure operators and sport providers prepare for welcoming people back to physical activity, with the least amount of stress and difficulty. The guidance provides simple considerations that will make the return more straightforward and encourages the wider public to be mindful that sight loss may not always be obvious. The guidance demonstrates how to communicate clearly any changes to the facilities, particularly floor indicators or arrows, protective screens and temporary barriers.

Guidance Links below


Marc Powell, Strategic Accessibility Lead at RNIB, said: “The findings from RNIB’s survey clearly show how much of a significant impact social distancing measures are having on the lives of blind and partially sighted people. As lockdown restrictions ease, we’ve increasingly heard from people with sight loss who are incredibly anxious about how to manage the situation. By creating clear, implementable guidance for leisure operators, we hope that some pressure and stress will be relieved for blind and partially sighted people, and that we will make the general public more aware of the challenges being faced by our community during this time.”

Alaina MacGregor, Chief Executive at BBS, said “During the pandemic, blind and partially sighted people have been facing specific and unique challenges that have had an enormous impact on everyday independence. We have been interested to learn about the issues that people with sight loss have faced due to social distancing particularly visual cues in public places. To ensure that these issues are not repeated in the sporting environment, together we have created clear and easy to follow guidance that can be put into place for safe return to play. This guidance will make a huge difference to people who want to return to living independent lives and will offer additional assistance to the organisations who provide inclusive physical activity opportunities.”

Martin Symcox, Chief Executive at Metro Blind Sport, said: “People with sight loss have faced significant difficulties in observing social distancing since lockdown has been in place and again since it has been relaxed. Many individuals have told us that they are worried about returning to physical activity without any clear guidance in place and are unsure of the new barriers that they may face. We hope that we have made it simple and cost effective for our suggested measures to be implemented before facilities reopen and that this will give blind and partially sighted people the confidence and reassurance they need to return to the activities that they enjoy.”

all Metro Blind Sport work is  kindly supported by Thomas Pocklington Trust
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Please click here to read the new Sport and Leisure Sector Guidance

For more information on this guidance, please contact Marc Powell on marc.powell@rnib.org.uk


First Steps Goes National! – British Blind Sport

Take your child's First Steps towards a happy and active life!

British Blind Sport take their First Steps right across the country!

At BBS we are helping children with sight loss get active with a free sport and fitness pack delivered straight to their door. Our First Steps pack helps children to build confidence, develop skills and, most importantly, have fun.

If your child is aged 3 – 11 with a visual impairment and wants to become active for life, then it’s time for them to start their journey with Jangles!

Sign up now to our First Steps project and receive;

  • Audible Ball (aka Jangles)  A bright and bouncy ball called Jangles with ball-bearings inside to allow the child to hear the ball.
  • Exciting Activity Booklet – Simple and enjoyable games that encourage the entire family to play together.
  • Progress Stickers
  • Progress Poster -Tracking each child’s achievements to encourage habitual behaviour with a fun sticker chart
  • 1-1 support from our First Steps Officer

Email: firststeps@britishblindsport.org.uk

Call: 01926 424247

For more information, visit: http://www.bit.ly/BBSFirstSteps

BBS’ aim is that the First Steps pack will help children learn the basics in a fun and supportive environment so that they can grow in confidence and capability and then be able to take their next steps to a healthy lifestyle by joining into activities and sports clubs in their local areas.

Feedback from a parent whose child has participated in the programme said, “My little one can now kick a ball, which he couldn’t manage at the start of this project. He can now confidently throw the ball very well and if close enough, he can catch the ball.  This is amazing progress for my little boy.”

Another said, “Our daughter now attends disability football with Wolves FC after we learnt about it at the Have a Go Day. She also goes swimming and we had the confidence to move her from the toddler class to being in the pool with her own age group.”

Alaina MacGregor, Chief Executive Officer at British Blind Sport, is looking forward to seeing the impact that the project has across the nation.  Alaina said, “First Steps is a project very close to our hearts at British Blind Sport and we’re so pleased to see it develop nationwide.  It has had huge success in the areas it has previously been introduced to, with all members of the family benefitting from the unique aspects of the project.  Siblings are able to play together more independently, parents are able to see a marked different in their child’s physical ability and children with a visual impairment grow in confidence and ability so much that they are able to join in with local, accessible activities, which they may not have felt comfortable or able to do before they met Jangles!”

Jane Jacobs, First Steps Officer, said, “I’m really excited to be taking First Steps nationally.  It is a lovely project and we’ve already seen the difference it has made to the families in the regional roll out.  Now, we get to meet and help families all across the UK and show them the difference that physical activity can have upon their child’s development and general happiness.  I can’t wait to start meeting the families and help them take their first steps toward an active life!”

For more information, visit: http://www.bit.ly/BBSFirstSteps