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See Sport Differently – tell your story!

Image: RNIB and BBS logo top left with a Golfer Ice Skater, Rugby player, Rower and Martial Artist.

Could telling your story to encourage blind and partially sighted people to become more active?

See Sport Differently is a three-year funded programme, led by RNIB and delivered in partnership with British Blind Sport (BBS). Which aims to motivate blind and partially sighted people to take part in sport and physical activity.

We’re seeking stories to feature in the campaign, and would love to hear about how you became active.

What were your concerns at the beginning? What barriers did you overcome? And how do you feel now? What are your top tips for anyone getting started?

You can get involved by completing this short survey – https://forms.office.com/r/vcBGvL0jgr.  

And by all means please share this invitation with anyone else you think could help.



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BBS: London Have a Go Day – Sun 3 April!

Photo of a football training session and well as some guide running text says BBS London Have a Go Day - Sun 3 April
Gunnersbury Park Sports Complex, Popes Lane, London, W3 8LQ
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
07792 710570
03rd April 2022

 London Have a Go Day – Sun 3 April!

British Blind Sport (BBS) is partnering with Metro Blind Sport and Goalball UK to host a multi-sport Have a Go Day in London. The free event is open to all ages and abilities. BBS and local coaches will deliver a variety of VI sports see below.

Event details

VI sports:  Goalball, tennis, baseball, guide running, and recreational activities, dance and active at home.

Date:  Sunday 3 April  Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Venue: Gunnersbury Park Sports Complex, Popes Lane, London, W3 8LQ
Register Online here: London Have a go Day

For more information please contact our Participation Officer
Contact: sportdevelopment@britishblindsport.org.uk or call  07792 710570


To register your interest in any  of the BBS’s National Have a go days, please visit: https://britishblindsport.org.uk/bbs-have-a-go-days/


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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

Download: Northants Vs Metro  –  Excel format

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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Metro Devils – The Development Team

Would you like to play cricket? We are always happy to welcome enthusiastic new players, so if you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions, please contact Hassan Khan at the Metro Devils h.khan25@googlemail.com 07792 004838 or contact Charlie lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046


Interested in volunteering?

If you want to try volunteering, please contact Lucy lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.


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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