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Cricket: A Win in Less Than Half a Full Game!

Group photo of the Metro Cricket team smiling with their 2019 BBS cup trophy and medals

Metro v Northants Steelbacks!

Metro got their season off to a flying start by completing a victory over Northants almost before the teas were delivered to the ground. It was a cold, blustery day, with the wind making life difficult for the bowlers especially perhaps from the scoreboard end. Rory won the toss and naturally elected to bowl although Mo had not arrived to complete the playing XI as play got underway promptly.

Rory’s first over was a dream start to the season – a wicket maiden that saw the stumps flying backwards on ball three. The following over was then the most productive of the innings for Northants as Rob struggled with accuracy and David Howells struck a boundary through mid-wicket that just eluded Matt Dean on the boundary.

However, it was the end of Rory’s second over that made it an excellent start to the game for the home side. The ball was hit firmly into leg side where it was blocked by Amit before bouncing to Mark Bond whose accurate throw to the bowler was safely gathered allowing a run out to be secured to make the score 13 for2 with both openers dismissed. The visitors seemed unable to give their innings any momentum after that start.

Mo started his spell in the next over by knocking over the stumps and conceding just four before Rory completed his spell to end with one for four. At the start of Mo’s next over Amit took an excellent athletic catch so that the visitors had two totals batting with score on 19. Mo almost got a second with two successful LBW appeals only for the second to be overturned as the square leg umpire called a no ball on length.

The pair of totals had a 15-run partnership before Mo was able to complete his LBW wicket finishing a spell with two more wickets than Rory but having conceded three more runs.

The partnerships for the next two wickets were both 10 runs and both were ended with catches to the keeper; first from Nick Ebbeck’s bowling and then Hassan Khan’s; after which drinks were taken with the fifteenth over in progress. Some may have questioned the need for a break especially as the penultimate wicket was taken just four deliveries after the restart with Matt Dean safely taking a catch at mid-wicket.

Mark Bond ended the innings as after a half out LBW he had Hugh Spence give Rory his third catch with only 59 runs scored. High had batted almost the whole innings having walked out a ball four.

Metro needed 60 from 44 overs and completed the task in less than 44 legal deliveries as Matt Dean and Damion Corrigan both scored 21 and Nick Ebbeck chipped in with two boundaries to make the chase look easy. With five boundaries it had looked as if Matt complete the chase alone until he skied one to square leg where Asif was able to hold on to a difficult chance.

Northants wondered if they might have a chance when Nick was caught by the keeper two balls later only for Damion to lead the chase home supported by Andy Law. The chance of a third-wicket was thrown away as a nick to the keeper was dropped so Mike Harrison completed his spell with just two for six, surely wondering how he was on the losing side with such a great bowling display.

Metro start their cup campaign on the 7 May against Somerset again at Highgate.

Match report by Paul Toplis

 

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 at h.khan25@googlemail.com 07792 004838 or contact lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org  07966 260089

Interested in volunteering?

If you want to try volunteering, please contact Lucy at lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org at 07966 260089

 

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Visually impaired netball in London!

Photo of netball players jumping high toward the basket in a stadium and a photo of some of the london pulse team facing the camera in a line with text saying Vision Impaired Netball with London Pulse!

These netball skills sessions take place with London Pulse Community Lead Lisa Brown. Lisa and a team of London Pulse volunteers.

We welcome blind and partially sighted people of all ages and abilities from across London to take part.

The one and a half-hour weekly evening sessions will be led by qualified coaches in a covid secure environment. The project will deliver the skills and techniques played in netball and they are free to attend.

Netball Sessions

*Booking Required*     

Time: 5 pm to 6.30 pm

Venue:
Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 3HB

To register your interest in our Netball sessions please contact Email:  lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org or call Tel: 07966260089

This season’s sessions are at the Copperbox Arena and participants will not only benefit from playing but can have access to London Pulse Superleague Netball games as well.

 

FREE Superleague Netball tickets from London Pulse!

Following London Pulse Netball’s successful visually impaired netball sessions with Metro Blind Sport, they are delighted to offer free tickets to blind and partially sighted people to any of their Superleague Netball games at the Copperbox Arena.

A friend or family member can also attend without cost too.

 

For tickets for this fantastic opportunity just
Email: raphael.bird@londonpulsenetball.comThe list of Netball games can be found here: http://blindsport.uk/LPNetballGames

 

Video Below with  Metro Members and London Pulse volunteers playing Netball!

Transcript: https://tinyurl.com/NetballTranscript

Sam Bird, Head Coach and CEO, London Pulse commented:

“Our London Pulse coaches and volunteers have been excited to get these sessions underway ever since they participated in the training. The opportunity to bring netball to those that are visually impaired or blind is one that we relish and are proud to be a part of.  Netball is for everyone and we cannot wait to meet those taking part.”

Martin Symcox, CEO, Metro Blind Sport said:

“Having the opportunity to work with London’s Vitality Netball Superleague Club provides blind and partially sighted Londoners with a fantastic opportunity to receive expert coaching from the London Pulse Netball team. This past year has highlighted just how important it is to be active, and we know that disabled people have been hit hardest by the pandemic. Having something new and unique for our members to take part in is really exciting for Metro Blind Sport to be part of.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the netball project with London Pulse and Metro Blind Sport should email: Lisa Brown lisa.brown@londonpulsenetball.com

 

 

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First-ever visually impaired netball in London!

Photo of London Pulse player jumping high and saving the ball from the net in a stadium text says Metro Blind Sport and London Pulse bring visually Impaired Netball to London!

Metro Blind Sport and London Pulse bring visually impaired netball to London!

Metro Blind Sport is delighted to announce the dates for the first-ever netball skills coaching with London Pulse, London’s only Vitality Netball Superleague Club.  These sessions are designed to open up access to netball for those living and working in London that are visually impaired or blind.

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 project welcomes blind and partially sighted people of all ages and abilities from across London to take part in the six-week course. The course will start at 5.30 pm on the 22nd June and run every week until the 27th July. The 1-hour weekly session on a Tuesday evening will be led by qualified coaches in a covid secure environment. The project will deliver the skills and techniques played in netball and they are free to attend.

Netball Sessions List

 

Sam Bird, Head Coach and CEO, London Pulse commented:

“Our London Pulse coaches and volunteers have been excited to get these sessions underway ever since they participated in the training. The opportunity to bring netball to those that are visually impaired or blind is one that we relish and are proud to be a part of.  Netball is for everyone and we cannot wait to meet those taking part.”

Martin Symcox, CEO, Metro Blind Sport said:

“Having the opportunity to work with London’s Vitality Netball Superleague Club provides blind and partially sighted Londoners with a fantastic opportunity to receive expert coaching from the London Pulse Netball team. This past year has highlighted just how important it is to be active, and we know that disabled people have been hit hardest by the pandemic. Having something new and unique for our members to take part in is really exciting for Metro Blind Sport to be part of.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the netball project with London Pulse and Metro Blind Sport should email: Lisa Brown lisa.brown@londonpulsenetball.com

 

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First-ever visually impaired netball in London!

Photo of London Pulse player jumping high and saving the ball from the net in a stadium text says Metro Blind Sport and London Pulse bring visually Impaired Netball to London!

Metro Blind Sport and London Pulse bring visually impaired netball to London!

Metro Blind Sport is delighted to announce the dates for the first-ever netball skills coaching with London Pulse, London’s only Vitality Netball Superleague Club.  These sessions are designed to open up access to netball for those living and working in London that are visually impaired or blind.

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 project welcomes blind and partially sighted people of all ages and abilities from across London to take part in the six-week course. The course will start at 5.30 pm on the 22nd June and run every week until the 27th July. The 1-hour weekly session on a Tuesday evening will be led by qualified coaches in a covid secure environment. The project will deliver the skills and techniques played in netball and they are free to attend.

Sam Bird, Head Coach and CEO, London Pulse commented:

“Our London Pulse coaches and volunteers have been excited to get these sessions underway ever since they participated in the training. The opportunity to bring netball to those that are visually impaired or blind is one that we relish and are proud to be a part of.  Netball is for everyone and we cannot wait to meet those taking part.”

Martin Symcox, CEO, Metro Blind Sport said:

“Having the opportunity to work with London’s Vitality Netball Superleague Club provides blind and partially sighted Londoners with a fantastic opportunity to receive expert coaching from the London Pulse Netball team. This past year has highlighted just how important it is to be active, and we know that disabled people have been hit hardest by the pandemic. Having something new and unique for our members to take part in is really exciting for Metro Blind Sport to be part of.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the netball project with London Pulse and Metro Blind Sport should email: Lisa Brown lisa.brown@londonpulsenetball.com

 

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Dance Dosti project awarded £44,000!

Dance Dosti project awarded £44,000

Dance Dosti: Get Down, Get Going dance project awarded £44,000

Metro Blind Sport, in partnership with inclusive dance company Step Change Studios and British Blind Sport, will launch a new inclusive dance project, thanks to a grant from the Vision Foundation of nearly £44,000.

The ‘Dance Dosti’ project will engage blind and partially sighted young people and adults from the Asian community to be active through dance.

Martin Symcox, CEO of Metro Blind Sport said: “People from the Asian community have reported greater inactivity, isolation and loss of independence as a result of Covid-19. For this reason, this new project specifically focuses on people from an Asian background.

“We are extremely grateful to Vision Foundation for its support with this project and delighted to be working alongside specialist dance organisation, Step Change Studios and British Blind Sport.”

Rashmi Becker, Founder of Step Change Studios said: “this grant is important recognition of the need to support people at greater disadvantage in our communities. Physical activity plays a critical role in improving health and wellbeing, yet data from Sport England has found greater reductions in activity levels among people from an Asian background, and Activity Alliance data has shown that disabled people are twice as likely as non-disabled people to be inactive.

‘Dance Dosti’ is a creative initiative that will promote physical activity and use the benefits of dance to bring people together and improve quality of life. 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. We are excited to be working with Metro Blind Sport on this innovative project that is committed to tackling health and social inequalities.”

Olivia Curno, Chief Executive of the Vision Foundation, said, “The Vision Foundation supports projects that reflect the real issues impacting blind and partially sighted people. The pandemic has had a huge impact on the visually impaired community over the past year and we are committed to projects that address the isolation that people are experiencing.”

41% of the London population identifies as Asian or Black – 38% of which are in poverty;[1] Sport England highlights that gender inequality in sport and physical activity is more pronounced for Asian women and the sector has ‘failed to engaged women of different ethnic backgrounds’; [2]  ‘Dance Dosti’ will especially target girls and women, providing dance in different styles, languages, and both standing and seated dance options to cater for diverse needs.

On-demand online classes will be available from June this year. The community-based programmes will be piloted in five London boroughs from Autumn 2021: Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Newham, and Tower Hamlets. The project will monitor the impact of dance on a range of measures including mental and physical health, confidence, friendships, increasing independence and learning new skills.

Anyone interested in taking part in ‘Dance Dosti should email: contact@stepchangestudios.com

 

[1] https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/data/populations/ethnicity/

[2] Sport for All? January 2020. Sport England

 

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