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News & Events Update – 28 July

Metro Blind Sport logo with a blue tinted spotlight behind it and faded images of the Chris Lewis and steve the instructor just about to land from thier tandem parachute jump and the text saying Events & News Update from Metro Blind Sport 28 July 2021

Now that more opportunities are available to take part in sport and physical activity, we are using this newsletter to detail what is available from Metro Blind Sport and partners.

 

Gunnersbury Park Multi Sport Club – It’s cricket week

Sessions have been taking place every week on a Sunday, 2 pm till 4 pm so please come along and have fun.

It’s week 4 and so it’s time for some cricket. Sessions are free and are led by qualified coaches. Meet and greet available on request. Check out below for what we have coming up.  Event page: https://www.metroblindsport.org/multi-sports

  • Week 5:  8th August – FOOTBALL
  • Week 6:  15th August – GOALBALL
  • Week 7:  22nd August – TENNIS
  • Week 8:  29th August – CRICKET
  • Week 9:  5th September – FOOTBALL
  • Week 10:  12th September – GOALBALL
  • Week 11:  19th September – TENNIS
  • Week 12:  26th September – CRICKET

To find out more please contact Charlie Raven charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or call 07956 292046

 

Climbing – It is back!

Spaces for climbing sessions at Westway Sports and Fitness Centre have gone quickly. We will have further sessions from September, so we suggest that you register your interest now. The sessions are open to people of all abilities, especially those who are beginners attending for the first time and want to try something new.

In time, as instructor availability becomes easier to come by, we hope to expand the programme to include a weekend session.

Please contact Charlie Raven to register your interest charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292 046.

 

Cricket

Although the cricket season is underway, we still encourage players, new and existing, to come along to the net sessions at Highgate Woods on a Tuesday from 5.30 pm.

If you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions, please contact our Sport Lead for cricket, Rory Field rory.field74@gmail.com or call 07742 323224 or contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Dance Dosti

Thinking about trying something different? Try Dance Dosti and take part in pre-recorded online dance sessions. 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.

Come and take part with Step Change Studio. Find out more by visiting the Dance Dosti website  https://www.dancedosti.com

For the press release, please visit https://blindsport.uk/DanceDosti

 

Tennis

Tennis sessions are on throughout the summer at Islington Tennis Centre. Register for the sessions next week by using the links below.

4th August 2021 6 pm – 8 pm for B1 players and those new to the game
https://tinyurl.com/BTennis4Aug

6th August 2021 – 6 pm – 8 pm for B2 – B5 players
https://tinyurl.com/VITennis6Aug

If you are interested in playing for the first time, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

Tennis Tournament 12th September – Booking Now Open

Booking for the Metro Blind Sport Tennis Tournament at the Islington Tennis Centre in September is now available by using the following link https://www.tfaforms.com/4912801

This event is on Sunday, 12 September, 12 pm – 6 pm and 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.

To find out more please contact Charlie Raven charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or call 07956 292046.

Tennis – Sutton

Tennis sessions occur every Thursday at the Sutton Sports Village from 10.30 am – 12.00 pm. Booking is required so please contact the venue to book: Andrew.jeffery@gll.org The venue telephone number is 02086416611.

 

Tennis Tournament – Brighton

Sound Tennis Sussex are looking forward to running their third regional tournament in Brighton and to welcoming players, volunteers and officials to a great weekend of tennis.

The competition is being planned to take place on the weekend of 21-22 August at Virgin Active in Falmer.  Hours for play are: Saturday 10.30am – 6pm  |  Sunday 9.30am – 4pm

For more details please contact Paul Gillet soundtennissussex@gmail.com |  Website: https://tinyurl.com/TennisTBrighton

 

Football

The training sessions for partially sighted players are still occurring every Tuesday evening at the Score Centre from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm.

Please book in advance using the link below.

3rd August 2021: https://tinyurl.com/Footie3Aug

If you are interested in playing, please contact charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or call 07956 292046.
or Gareth Jones gareth.jones11@hotmail.com

 

Football – Fulham FC Foundation

Fulham Foundation has re-started their blind and partially sighted sessions at Brixton Recreation Centre. The football sessions are aimed at adults aged 16+ years who want to come and try football. Whether this is for a first-time footballer or someone with some experience, why not go along and give it a go!

For all of the details please visit https://tinyurl.com/FulhamFootie

Contact Katy Shephard for more information kshephard@fulhamfc.com

 

Bowls

Do you fancy playing? We provide you with two opportunities each week to take part in outdoor bowls. You can join our friendly bowlers at Ravenscourt Park on a Monday at 2 pm and at Paddington Sports Club every Thursday at 3 pm.

If you are interested in playing for the first time, newcomers are very much welcome to come along and try bowls. Please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

More details can be found on the Metro Blind Sport website https://www.metroblindsport.org/sports/bowls

 

Ride Side-by-Side with Bikeworks and Metro Blind Sport

Remember, you can book in for one session or for a series of sessions, and the great news is we are now taking bookings for July and August. Please get in contact with Nikki at Bikeworks to book your space. If you would like to join a session, please contact Nikki Ray from Bikeworks Nikki.Ray@bikeworks.org.uk or call 07833757954.

There will be two time slots available in West London for you to choose from on Tuesday and Wednesday each week. Session 1 is from 9.30 am until 11 am, and session 2 is from 11.30 am until 1 pm.

For those who live in East London, then opportunities are also available, and it is pleasing to hear that our members are taking part in these sessions as well. Get in touch with Nikki for further details.

 

Shape up with Spurs

Sessions continue on Zoom on Wednesday’s at 2 pm. If you wish to register interest or find out more, please contact: Adam Millar  07392091327 Adam.millar@tottenhamhotspur.com

 

Running Achilles International

The regular weekly group runs have restarted, and Achilles International are now training in Green Park, Thurs, 6 pm chrisblackabee@gmail.com or visit https://tinyurl.com/AchillesRuns

 

Volunteers

Metro Blind Sport would not be able to do the things that we deliver without the fantastic support of our volunteers. If you have a family member or friends keen to get involved and volunteer with Metro Blind Sport, please ask them to contact: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org

 

News

Chris Lewis – Skydiving 
Do you want to know what it feels like to jump out of a plane? Metro Blind Sport member Chris Lewis took the plunge a couple of weeks ago and has written an article all about it. Check out the accompanying video of this leap as well.

A great article, picture and video and the link is here
http://blindsport.uk/JumpOutofPlane

 

London Vision

You’ll find full details of all London Vision events this week, plus blogs and information on London Vision’s Website  www.londonvision.org. They hold their meetings on zoom and they welcome friends, carers and family at their events. If you need help accessing zoom or would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at info@londonvision.org

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

Metro Blind Sports Social Networks

Get all the latest blind & partially sighted event information & news as soon as we do!
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Metro Blind Sport membership: more info or Join here

 

 

News & Events Update – 14 July

Metro Blind Sport logo with a blue tinted spotlight behind it and faded images of a climber on a climbing wall and the text saying Events & News Update from Metro Blind Sport 14 July 2021

Now that more opportunities are available to participate in sport and physical activity, we are using this news update to detail what is available from Metro Blind Sport and partners.

Gunnersbury Park Multi Sport Club – Now underway

Our first session took place last Sunday, and we delighted to welcome eight people along. Sessions will be taking place every week on a Sunday, 2 pm till 4 pm, so please come along and have fun.

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, the project will welcome blind and partially sighted people of all ages, genders and abilities from West London to engage in a variety of different sports. The sessions will include football, tennis, goalball, cricket, and many other activities throughout the year.

The sports are all adapted specifically for blind and partially sighted people, using adapted equipment. They will rotate weekly to provide as much opportunity as possible for people to try new things For the first three months of July, August, and September, check out the n weekly schedule below. Event link: https://blindsport.uk/Multi-Sports

  • Week 1:  11th July – FOOTBALL
  • Week 2:  18th July – TENNIS
  • Week 3:  25th July – GOALBALL
  • Week 4:  1st August – CRICKET
  • Week 5:  8th August – FOOTBALL
  • Week 6:  15th August – GOALBALL
  • Week 7:  22nd August – TENNIS
  • Week 8:  29th August – CRICKET
  • Week 9:  5th September – FOOTBALL
  • Week 10:  12th September – GOALBALL
  • Week 11:  19th September – TENNIS
  • Week 12:  26th September – CRICKET

To find out more, please contact charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or call 07956 292046.

 

Climbing – It is back!

On July 23rd, we are back to Westway Climbing Centre to resume climbing sessions for Metro Blind Sport members. To start with, we have six places available on a Friday morning each week from 10.30 am – 12 pm.

Until the end of August, these sessions are entirely free of charge. ‘We strongly advise booking early onto these climbing sessions to avoid missing out!’  Climbing video link: http://blindsport.uk/ClimbingVideo

With support from the Postcode Community Trust, the climbing programme is a continuation of the multiple sessions delivered late in 2019 and early 2020.

The hugely successful programme engaged over 20 new blind and partially sighted people into climbing for the first time. Therefore, we are delighted to be able to resume these sessions.

The structure of the climbing programme will be guided by multiple professional climbing coaches at Westway Sports and Fitness Centre, supporting two participants per coach. All coaches have received vision awareness training from Metro Blind Sport to help with delivery and guidance throughout the sessions.

The sessions are open to people of all abilities, especially beginners attending for the first time and want to try something new. In time, as instructor availability becomes easier to come by, we hope to expand the programme to include a weekend session.

To find out more, please contact charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or call 07956 292046.

 

Cricket

The cricket season is now full swing, with the teams playing league, cup and friendly matches.

Congratulations to the Metro cricket team, who secured a place in the BBS cup final after defeating Lancashire in the semi-final. This earns Metro a third BBS cup final in a row this year at the Northampton County ground on September 4th against the Northants Steelbacks, who beat Sussex in the other semi-final. To read the full report of the game, please click here https://www.metroblindsport.org/cricket-back-to-normal-two/

We are still keen to welcome new players, so why not try the net sessions at Highgate Woods on a Tuesday from 5.30 pm.

If you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Sport Lead for cricket, Rory Field rory.field74@gmail.com  07742 323224 or contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Netball

We have two sessions left for you to try before we come to the end of the first series of sessions. Numbers have been growing each week, and the London Pulse coaches have provided fun and exciting sessions. The sessions occur on a Tuesday and will start at 5.30 pm.
To register for the free sessions, please use the links below:
20th July  https://tinyurl.com/Netball20July
27th July  https://tinyurl.com/Netball27July
To find out more, contact: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org

 

Dance Dosti

At the end of June, we launched Dance Dosti in partnership with Step Change Studio.  Dance Dosti is here to support you in taking part in regular dance and improving your well-being while enjoying the experience.

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. Come and take part. So far, over 40 people have registered and are enjoying the sessions. Find out more by visiting the Dance Dosti website https://www.dancedosti.com

For the press release, please visit https://blindsport.uk/DanceDosti

 

Tennis

To book these sessions at the Islington Tennis Centre for the coming weeks. click the links below

July 21st 2021 6 pm – 8 pm for B1 players and those new to the game
https://tinyurl.com/BTennis21July

July 23rd 2021 – 6 pm – 8 pm for B2 – B5 players
https://tinyurl.com/VITennis23July

August 4th 2021, 6 pm – 8 pm for B1 players and those new to the game
https://tinyurl.com/BTennis4Aug

August 6th 2021 – 6 pm – 8 pm for B2 – B5 players
https://tinyurl.com/VITennis6Aug

If you are interested in playing for the first time, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Tennis Tournament September 12th – Booking Open

Booking for the Metro Blind Sport Tennis Tournament at the Islington Tennis Centre in September is now available by using the following link https://www.tfaforms.com/4912801

This event is on Sunday, September 12th – 12 pm – 6 pm and 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.
To find out more, please contact Charlie Raven charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or call 07956 292046.

 

Tennis – Sutton 

Tennis sessions occur every Thursday at the Sutton Sports Village from 10.30 am – 12.00 pm. Booking is required, so please contact the venue to book:  Andrew.jeffery@gll.org  The venue telephone number is 02086416611.

 

Tennis Tournament – Brighton

Sound Tennis Sussex are looking forward to running their third regional tournament in Brighton and to welcoming players, volunteers and officials to a great weekend of tennis.

The competition is being planned to take place on the weekend of 21-22 August at Virgin Active in Falmer. Hours for play are: Saturday 10.30 am – 6 pm Sunday 9.30 am – 4 pm.

For more details, Contact Paul Gillet soundtennissussex@gmail.com or visit  https://tinyurl.com/TennisTBrighton

 

Football

The training sessions for partially sighted players are still occurring every Tuesday evening at the Score Centre from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm.

Please book in advance using the link below.
July 20th 2021  https://tinyurl.com/Footie20July

If you are interested in playing, please get in touch with Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046 or Gareth Jones gareth.jones11@hotmail.com

 

Football – Fulham FC Foundation 

Fulham Foundation is restarting their blind and partially sighted sessions at Brixton Recreation Centre. The football sessions are aimed at adults aged 16+ years who want to come and try football.

Thurs from 6 pm to 7 pm. For all of the details, please visit https://tinyurl.com/FulhamFootie
Contact Katy Shephard for more information kshephard@fulhamfc.com

 

Bowls

Congratulations to the eight Metro Blind Sport bowlers who recently attended the National tournament in Worthing at the end of June. It has been 16 months since a tournament was last played. The Metro Blind Sport bowlers played well with some notable winners.

Congratulations to B3 Pairs Winners Marjorie Convey and Steve Simmons, B1 Pairs Winners Keith Brenton and Metro member Margaret Cusker. Well done too to B3 Men Runners/Up Khan Gause, B1 Pairs Runners/Up Amit Amin and Eric Gallacher, and Amit were Runners/Up in the B1 Singles as well.

Do you fancy playing?  Join our friendly bowlers at Ravenscourt Park on a Monday at 2 pm and Paddington Sports Club every Thursday at 3 pm.
If you are interested in playing for the first time, newcomers are very much welcome to come along and try bowls. Please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or call 07956 292046.
More details here: https://www.metroblindsport.org/sports/bowls 

 

Ride Side-by-Side with Bikeworks and Metro Blind Sport

Remember, you can book in for one session or a series of sessions, and the great news is we are now taking bookings for July and August. Please get in contact with Nikki at Bikeworks to book your space. If you would like to join a session, please contact Nikki Ray from Bikeworks Nikki.Ray@bikeworks.org.uk 07833757954.

There will be two time slots available in West London Tues and Wed each week.  9.30 am until 11 am, and 11.30 am until 1 pm.

For those who live in East London, opportunities are also available, and it is pleasing to hear that our members are taking part in these sessions. Get in touch with Nikki for further details.

 

Shape up with Spurs

Sessions continue on Zoom on Wednesday’s at 2 pm. If you wish to register interest or find out more, please contact: Adam Millar  07392091327 Adam.millar@tottenhamhotspur.com

 

Running Achilles International 

The regular weekly group runs have restarted, and Achilles International are now training in Green Park, Thurs, 6 pm chrisblackabee@gmail.com or visit https://tinyurl.com/AchillesRuns

 

Volunteers

Metro Blind Sport would not be able to do the things that we deliver without the fantastic support of our volunteers. If you have a family member or friends keen to get involved and volunteer with Metro Blind Sport, please ask them to contact: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org

 

Sleep Study

Circadian Therapeutics has recently created a page on their website where they have put together some tips for better sleep and some information about good sleep hygiene. Here’s a link to the page: https://tinyurl.com/InfoNSleepTips .

They are also still recruiting for their sleep and health survey. http://bit.ly/blindstudyregister
Email sleepstudy@circadiantherapeutics.com  or 01865 546582

 

Macular Society

Patient Information Event. The event will cover: General COVID updates in services; Low vision services, rehab services, ECLO’S, MR services and update on the treatment pathway of AMD dry and wet.

For Patients and Carers: 3.30 to 5 pm Wed, July 14th
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81630609498
Meeting ID: 816 3060 9498   Advice & info: 300 3030 111

 

Access Sport

Access Sport is looking for a Community Coordinator to support their growing Disability Inclusion Programme. For more information and how to apply, please visit https://www.accesssport.org.uk/join-the-team

 

London Vision

This week is Esme’s Virtual Friends Charles Bonnet support group on Thursday, July 15th and the Friday Lunchtime drop in about assistive tech on July 16th at 1 pm.

Events: https://www.londonvision.org/events/
If you need help accessing zoom, contact: info@londonvision.org

 

 

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

 

 

News & Events Update – 24 June!

Metro Blind Sport logo with a blue tinted spotlight behind it and faded images of the dance dosti Logo and two dance instructors doing Bollywood moves and the text saying Events & News Update from Metro Blind Sport 24 June 2021

Now that more opportunities are available to participate in sport and physical activity, we are using this news update to detail what is available from Metro Blind Sport and partners.

Netball

We have now started the new netball sessions at the Score Centre in Leyton. Everyone who attended the first session had plenty of fun.

The sessions occur on a Tuesday and will start at 5.30 pm. You can attend any session you like; you don’t need to attend every week if you can’t make it. It’s about having fun and learning the skills of netball.

To register for the free sessions, please use the links below:

To find out more, please contact Martin Symcox martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

 

Dance Dosti

This week we have launched Dance Dosti in partnership with Step Change Studio.

We want to support more people to enjoy the benefits of dance. This is why we have created Dance Dosti digital.

Dance Dosti is here to support you in taking part in regular dance and improving your well-being 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.

Find out more by visiting the Dance Dosti website https://www.dancedosti.com/

For the press release, please visit https://blindsport.uk/DanceDosti

 

Gunnersbury Park Multi-Sports Club – Starting 11th July

We have partnered with Goalball UK, Sportworks, Ealing Council and GLL to deliver multiple sport and physical activity opportunities for blind and partially sighted people at the brand-new Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub in West London.

Sessions will be taking place every week on a Sunday, 2 pm till 4 pm beginning from 11th July.

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, the project will welcome blind and partially sighted people of all ages, genders and abilities from West London to engage in a variety of different sports. The sessions will include football, tennis, goalball, cricket, and many other activities throughout the year.

The project will be a 2-hour weekly session on a Sunday afternoon, led by qualified coaches in a covid secure environment. The sports are all explicitly adapted for blind and partially sighted people, using adapted equipment. They will rotate every week to provide as much opportunity as possible for people to try new things. For the first three months of July, August, and September, check out the weekly schedule below for what will be taking place:

WEEK 1: Football – Dates: 11th July, 8th August and 5th September
WEEK 2: Tennis – Dates: 18th July, 15th August and 12th September
WEEK 3: Goalball – Dates: 25th July, 22nd August and 19th September
WEEK 4: Cricket – Dates: 1st August, 29th August and 26th September

To find out more, please contact Charlie Raven charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or call 07956 292046.

 

Cricket

The cricket season is in full swing now, with the teams playing league and friendly matches. We are still keen to welcome new players, so why not try the net sessions at Highgate Woods on a Tuesday from 5.30 pm.

If you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions, please contact our Sport Lead for cricket, , Rory Field rory.field74@gmail.com  07742 323224 or contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Tennis

It is back in Islington this week for the tennis sessions. Use the links below to book on to the sessions at the Islington Tennis Centre for this week and for two weeks time.

23rd June 2021 6 pm – 8 pm for B1 players and those new to the game
https://tinyurl.com/BTennis23June

25th June 2021 – 6 pm – 8 pm for B2 – B5 players https://tinyurl.com/VITennis25June

7th July 2021 6 pm – 8 pm for B1 players and those new to the game
https://tinyurl.com/BTennis7July

9th July 2021 – 6 pm – 8 pm for B2 – B5 players
https://tinyurl.com/VITennis9July

If you are interested in playing for the first time, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Tennis Tournament 12th September – Booking Now Open

Booking for the Metro Blind Sport Tennis Tournament at the Islington Tennis Centre in September is now available by using the following link

https://www.tfaforms.com/4912801

This event is on Sunday 12th September – 12 pm-6 pm and 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.

To find out more, please contact Charlie Raven charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or call 07956 292046.

 

Tennis – Sutton 

Tennis sessions occur every Thursday at the Sutton Sports Village from 10.30 am – 12.00 pm. Booking is required, so please contact the venue to book: Andrew.jeffery@gll.org.
The venue telephone number is 02086416611.

 

Football

The training sessions for partially sighted players are still occurring every Tuesday evening at the Score Centre from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm.

Please book in advance using the link below.

29th June 2021
https://tinyurl.com/Footie29June

If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046 or Gareth Jones gareth.jones11@hotmail.com.

 

Football – Fulham FC Foundation 

Fulham Foundation is re-starting their blind and partially sighted sessions at Brixton Recreation Centre. The football sessions are aimed at adults aged 16+ years who want to come and try football. Whether this is for a first-time footballer or someone with some experience, why not go along and give it a go!

The first session is this Thursday from 6 pm to 7 pm. For all of the details, please visit https://tinyurl.com/FulhamFC24June

Contact Katy Shephard for more information kshephard@fulhamfc.com.

 

Bowls

It is glorious weather for a game of bowls right now. We provide you with two opportunities each week to take part in outdoor bowls. You can join our friendly bowlers at Ravenscourt Park on a Monday at 2 pm and Paddington Sports Club every Thursday at 3 pm.

If you are interested in playing for the first time, newcomers are very much welcome to come along and try bowls. Please contact charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

More details can be found on the Metro Blind Sport website https://www.metroblindsport.org/sports/bowls/.

 

Ride Side-by-Side with Bikeworks and Metro Blind Sport 

Remember, you can book in for one session or a series of sessions, and the great news is we are now taking bookings for July. Please get in contact with Nikki at Bikeworks to book your space. If you would like to join a session, then please get in contact with Nikki Ray from Bikeworks

Nikki.Ray@bikeworks.org.uk 07833757954.

There will be two time slots available in West London for you to choose from on Tuesday and Wednesday each week. Session 1 is from 9.30 am until 11 am, and session 2 is from 11.30 am until 1 pm.

For those who live in East London, opportunities are also available, and it is pleasing to hear that our members are taking part in these sessions. Get in touch with Nikki for further details.

 

Shape up with Spurs

Sessions continue on Zoom on Wednesday’s at 2 pm. If you wish to register interest or find out more, please contact: Adam Millar  07392091327 Adam.millar@tottenhamhotspur.com

 

Running Achilles International 

The regular weekly group runs have re-started, and Achilles International are now training in Hyde Park on a Thursday at 6.30 pm. For more information about these free sessions, please contact chrisblackabee@gmail.com or visit the Achilles International UK Facebook page: https://tinyurl.com/AchillesRuns

 

Volunteers

Metro Blind Sport would not be able to do the things that we deliver without the fantastic support of our volunteers. If you have a family member or friends keen to get involved and volunteer with Metro Blind Sport, please ask them to contact Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

Volunteering can come in many forms, from helping people play sports or helping people travel to activities or promote our activities. We welcome all the help we can get, so please encourage friends to get in touch.

 

News

London Vision

Our friends at London Vision have a busy month of Zoom sessions available. If you’d like more information or joining links, contact them at info@londonvision.org or call on 020 3761 3651.

 

Friday 25th June Lunchtime assistive Technology Drop-in   

To join the London Vision’s regular assistive technology chat, click here to join: https://tinyurl.com/LVTech25June or drop a line to info@londonvision.org

 

Tuesday 29th June   TFL Streetscape consultation  

Come along and have your say as TFL promote walking and cycling and walking routes in this session led by Bhavani London Vision’s engagement manager, hear what TFL are planning, for a link to join this meet drop a line to info@londonvision.org.

Joining links will be sent out on the morning of the event.

All London Vision events can be found on their website along with blogs and information https://www.londonvision.org/events

 

 

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

 

 

News & Events Update – 24 June!

Metro Blind Sport logo with a blue tinted spotlight behind it and faded images of the dance dosti Logo and two dance instructors doing Bollywood moves and the text saying Events & News Update from Metro Blind Sport 24 June 2021

Now that more opportunities are available to participate in sport and physical activity, we are using this news update to detail what is available from Metro Blind Sport and partners.

Netball

We have now started the new netball sessions at the Score Centre in Leyton. Everyone who attended the first session had plenty of fun.

The sessions occur on a Tuesday and will start at 5.30 pm. You can attend any session you like; you don’t need to attend every week if you can’t make it. It’s about having fun and learning the skills of netball.

To register for the free sessions, please use the links below:

To find out more, please contact Martin Symcox martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

 

Dance Dosti

This week we have launched Dance Dosti in partnership with Step Change Studio.

We want to support more people to enjoy the benefits of dance. This is why we have created Dance Dosti digital.

Dance Dosti is here to support you in taking part in regular dance and improving your well-being 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.

Find out more by visiting the Dance Dosti website https://www.dancedosti.com/

For the press release, please visit https://blindsport.uk/DanceDosti

 

Gunnersbury Park Multi-Sports Club – Starting 11th July

We have partnered with Goalball UK, Sportworks, Ealing Council and GLL to deliver multiple sport and physical activity opportunities for blind and partially sighted people at the brand-new Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub in West London.

Sessions will be taking place every week on a Sunday, 2 pm till 4 pm beginning from 11th July.

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, the project will welcome blind and partially sighted people of all ages, genders and abilities from West London to engage in a variety of different sports. The sessions will include football, tennis, goalball, cricket, and many other activities throughout the year.

The project will be a 2-hour weekly session on a Sunday afternoon, led by qualified coaches in a covid secure environment. The sports are all explicitly adapted for blind and partially sighted people, using adapted equipment. They will rotate every week to provide as much opportunity as possible for people to try new things. For the first three months of July, August, and September, check out the weekly schedule below for what will be taking place:

WEEK 1: Football – Dates: 11th July, 8th August and 5th September
WEEK 2: Tennis – Dates: 18th July, 15th August and 12th September
WEEK 3: Goalball – Dates: 25th July, 22nd August and 19th September
WEEK 4: Cricket – Dates: 1st August, 29th August and 26th September

To find out more, please contact Charlie Raven charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or call 07956 292046.

 

Cricket

The cricket season is in full swing now, with the teams playing league and friendly matches. We are still keen to welcome new players, so why not try the net sessions at Highgate Woods on a Tuesday from 5.30 pm.

If you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions, please contact our Sport Lead for cricket, , Rory Field rory.field74@gmail.com  07742 323224 or contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Tennis

It is back in Islington this week for the tennis sessions. Use the links below to book on to the sessions at the Islington Tennis Centre for this week and for two weeks time.

23rd June 2021 6 pm – 8 pm for B1 players and those new to the game
https://tinyurl.com/BTennis23June

25th June 2021 – 6 pm – 8 pm for B2 – B5 players https://tinyurl.com/VITennis25June

7th July 2021 6 pm – 8 pm for B1 players and those new to the game
https://tinyurl.com/BTennis7July

9th July 2021 – 6 pm – 8 pm for B2 – B5 players
https://tinyurl.com/VITennis9July

If you are interested in playing for the first time, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Tennis Tournament 12th September – Booking Now Open

Booking for the Metro Blind Sport Tennis Tournament at the Islington Tennis Centre in September is now available by using the following link

https://www.tfaforms.com/4912801

This event is on Sunday 12th September – 12 pm-6 pm and 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.

To find out more, please contact Charlie Raven charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or call 07956 292046.

 

Tennis – Sutton 

Tennis sessions occur every Thursday at the Sutton Sports Village from 10.30 am – 12.00 pm. Booking is required, so please contact the venue to book: Andrew.jeffery@gll.org.
The venue telephone number is 02086416611.

 

Football

The training sessions for partially sighted players are still occurring every Tuesday evening at the Score Centre from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm.

Please book in advance using the link below.

29th June 2021
https://tinyurl.com/Footie29June

If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046 or Gareth Jones gareth.jones11@hotmail.com.

 

Football – Fulham FC Foundation 

Fulham Foundation is re-starting their blind and partially sighted sessions at Brixton Recreation Centre. The football sessions are aimed at adults aged 16+ years who want to come and try football. Whether this is for a first-time footballer or someone with some experience, why not go along and give it a go!

The first session is this Thursday from 6 pm to 7 pm. For all of the details, please visit https://tinyurl.com/FulhamFC24June

Contact Katy Shephard for more information kshephard@fulhamfc.com.

 

Bowls

It is glorious weather for a game of bowls right now. We provide you with two opportunities each week to take part in outdoor bowls. You can join our friendly bowlers at Ravenscourt Park on a Monday at 2 pm and Paddington Sports Club every Thursday at 3 pm.

If you are interested in playing for the first time, newcomers are very much welcome to come along and try bowls. Please contact charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

More details can be found on the Metro Blind Sport website https://www.metroblindsport.org/sports/bowls/.

 

Ride Side-by-Side with Bikeworks and Metro Blind Sport 

Remember, you can book in for one session or a series of sessions, and the great news is we are now taking bookings for July. Please get in contact with Nikki at Bikeworks to book your space. If you would like to join a session, then please get in contact with Nikki Ray from Bikeworks

Nikki.Ray@bikeworks.org.uk 07833757954.

There will be two time slots available in West London for you to choose from on Tuesday and Wednesday each week. Session 1 is from 9.30 am until 11 am, and session 2 is from 11.30 am until 1 pm.

For those who live in East London, opportunities are also available, and it is pleasing to hear that our members are taking part in these sessions. Get in touch with Nikki for further details.

 

Shape up with Spurs

Sessions continue on Zoom on Wednesday’s at 2 pm. If you wish to register interest or find out more, please contact: Adam Millar  07392091327 Adam.millar@tottenhamhotspur.com

 

Running Achilles International 

The regular weekly group runs have re-started, and Achilles International are now training in Hyde Park on a Thursday at 6.30 pm. For more information about these free sessions, please contact chrisblackabee@gmail.com or visit the Achilles International UK Facebook page: https://tinyurl.com/AchillesRuns

 

Volunteers

Metro Blind Sport would not be able to do the things that we deliver without the fantastic support of our volunteers. If you have a family member or friends keen to get involved and volunteer with Metro Blind Sport, please ask them to contact Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

Volunteering can come in many forms, from helping people play sports or helping people travel to activities or promote our activities. We welcome all the help we can get, so please encourage friends to get in touch.

 

News

London Vision

Our friends at London Vision have a busy month of Zoom sessions available. If you’d like more information or joining links, contact them at info@londonvision.org or call on 020 3761 3651.

 

Friday 25th June Lunchtime assistive Technology Drop-in   

To join the London Vision’s regular assistive technology chat, click here to join: https://tinyurl.com/LVTech25June or drop a line to info@londonvision.org

 

Tuesday 29th June   TFL Streetscape consultation  

Come along and have your say as TFL promote walking and cycling and walking routes in this session led by Bhavani London Vision’s engagement manager, hear what TFL are planning, for a link to join this meet drop a line to info@londonvision.org.

Joining links will be sent out on the morning of the event.

All London Vision events can be found on their website along with blogs and information https://www.londonvision.org/events

 

 

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Dance Dosti: Free Bollywood, Latin & Street Classes

A head and sholders photo of a dance insructor holding her arms and hands in a Bollywood style also there is a Dance Dosti and Vision Foundation Logo and the text says www.dancedosti.com

Dance Dosti:  Free Contemporary, Bollywood, Latin & Street Classes

Fun and fitness together with free digital dance sessions.

Dance is a fun and creative way to be active and to support our physical and mental health. Dancing can help lift our spirits along with our heart rate. Dance Dosti is created by the award-winning dance company Step Change Studios. In partnership with Metro Blind Sport, and supported by Vision Foundation, we want to support more people to enjoy the benefits of dance. This is why we have created Dance Dosti digital.

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

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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.

 

A Dance instructor is holding her right arm and hand up diagonally in a contemporary style - also there is a Dance Dosti and Vision Foundation Logo, and the text says www.dancedosti.com

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.

 

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

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

 

 

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