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News & Events Update – 5 May

nd the text saying Wednesday 28 April Weekly Events & News Update!

The weather might not be too nice, but we continue with activities in many sports. Details of what is on can be found  below.

Netball

Last week we announced that we had confirmed dates for the new netball sessions. Open for members and non-members, female and male players, 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 course will start at 5.30 pm on 22 June and run every week until 27 July. Qualified coaches will lead the 1-hour weekly session on a Tuesday evening in a covid secure environment. The project will deliver the skills and techniques played in netball, and they are free to attend.

If you want to take part, then please sign up for the first session here:

https://tinyurl.com/VINetball22June

All other session dates are available to book on the Metro Blind Sport website.

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

 

Tennis

 It was good to have the players on court last week, and we will return on court next week, so please use the links below to book your place.

If you are interested in playing for the first time, Please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.
It has been terrific to see new members come along since we have restarted tennis.

 

Kingston Tennis Tournament

Metro Blind Sport member Chris Blake is organising a friendly tournament for 8 B2 – B5 players on Sunday 16 May from 10 am until 4 pm. The matches will be on three outdoor artificial grass courts. It will be a singles event at the Coombe Wood Lawn Tennis Club, 38 Galsworthy Rd, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7BS.

They have four/five players confirmed, so they need three to four more to join in. For more information, please contact Chris Blake at 07873 790748, chrisjtb32@gmail.com.

 

Football

The sessions for partially sighted players are occurring every Tuesday evening at the Score Centre from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm. Please book in advance using the link below. Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance.

If you are interested in playing, Please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046. Or Gareth Jones gareth.jones@tottenhamhotspur.com.

 

Bowls

 The Metro Blind Sport bowls sessions will be continuing at the Paddington Sports Club every Thursday at 3 pm for those that want to join a friendly game. The new venue has been very welcoming, and the players have settled in nicely to the sports club.

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.

 

Cricket

 We are keen to welcome players who have never played before or perhaps haven’t played for some time. We have already had new players come along and take part, and 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.

We invite new players and current players to come along to a training session and a net session at Highgate Woods. These sessions occur every Tuesday at 5.30 pm.

 

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

 The sessions are still going well, so If you want to have a go, get in contact. You can come along by yourself or arrange to bring along a friend or family member. Remember, you can book in for one session, a series of sessions, and the great news is that the sessions are all free! It is an opportunity to do as much or as little exercise as you like and it’s certainly a chance to meet new people and have a chat along the way. The sessions in May will be on the following days:

  • Tuesday 18 May
  • Wednesday 19 May
  • Tuesday 25 May
  • Wednesday 26 May

There will be two time slots available for you to choose from on each of the days. Session 1 is from 9.30 am until 11 am, and session 2 is from 11.30 am until 1 pm.

If you would like to join a session, please contact Nikki Ray from Bikeworks Nikki.Ray@bikeworks.org.uk 07833757954.

 

Cycling Merton Sports and Social Club

Merton Sports and Social Club (MSSC) are keen to see as many people as possible experiencing the joy of tandem cycling and all its physical, mental and social benefits. So, they would like to know, Covid notwithstanding, if you have ever fancied having a go at tandem cycling with MSSC, but have never actually booked up for one of their rides, what is stopping you? Is it lack of experience, lack of fitness, lack of confidence, transport issues or perhaps the timings of rides?  Whatever it is, please let MSSC know, and they can see what they can do to address your concerns.  Email them at cycling@mssc.org.uk.

 

Cycling Wheels for Wellbeing

Wheels for Wellbeing are restarting their Saturday sessions at Croydon Sports Arena from 1 May 2021! From May, they will be running two open sessions per week at Croydon Arena – on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

To find out how to book a space at one of their sessions, please visit their website https://wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk/.

 

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 Hyde Park on a Thursday at 6.30 pm. For more information about these free sessions, please contact Chris Blackabee 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 who would be 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

 

BBC News Survey

 BBC News is running a survey asking people with disabilities about their experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is likely to feature in a range of BBC news programming, so definitely worth sharing to encourage friends, volunteers and partners to respond. All responses will remain anonymous and kept secure in line with the BBC’s Privacy Policy.

Take the survey here https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/BBCDisabilityCovid19/

 

Sense

Sense has officially launched their new Arts, Sport & Wellbeing Activity Finder platform to help you to find and enjoy accessible activities in your own space.

The Activity Finder collates over 100+ free accessible activities suitable for people with sensory impairments or complex disabilities via their website. Search for activities using the activity finder here: http://blindsport.uk/SenseActivities

 

London Vision

The team at London Vision have produced their monthly London Scene newsletter, which informs people with sight loss about accessible activities and events happening around London, including local society events. May’s newsletter is full of information so have a read here https://blindsport.uk/LondonScene

 

Apps and Gadgets

Five of the RNIB Technology for Life volunteers have shared their favourite apps and gadgets for looking after your mental and physical Wellbeing, from guided meditation to activity trackers. Check them out here: https://tinyurl.com/RNIB5Apps

 

Croydon Vision’s Facebook Live events

These events occur every Thursday at 4 pm. To join, follow the link:

https://tinyurl.com/CroydonLive

May’s highlights include:

 

  • 6 May – Eye health and busting myths about your eyes

How to take care of your eyes and a bit of fun finding out if it is true or false with Dhruvin Patel.

  • 13 May – A thought: Diversity, Race & Generations

Join the conversation with Susanette.

  • 20 May – Your House, Your Gym!

Explore the possibilities of using your house as a gym and create your own circuit training with Odette.

Website: https://croydonvision.org.uk

 

 

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

 

Football: LMFC Training 11 May

Photo of a London Metro Fustal team player kicking a ball low along the ground with the side of his foot text says Football training on tuesdays 6 30pm to 8.30pm at the score centre in leyton
Venue:
Score Centre, Oliver Road, London E10 5JY
Time:
6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
Phone:
07956292046
Date:
11th May 2021
Cost:
Free * Booking Required *


London Metro FC Training Sessions

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

Please book in advance using the link below. Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance.

I am delighted to confirm that Metro Blind Sport is returning to football at the Score Centre in Leyton. Listed below are the guidelines for our return and I would kindly ask that you read these carefully. Should you have any questions about the information or require support in booking the sessions then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

COVID Arrangements: Score Centre Leyton

We are excited about restarting sessions at the Score Centre and want to make sure that players, volunteers and other helpers feel as safe and comfortable as possible.

There are some changes that are in place and we will follow rules and guidelines from the venue, these may be subject to change as we go along and we appreciate your patience and co-operation as we adapt to the situation.

New Football Arrangments – Please read

Download – Word: Football Arrangements

If you have any queries please let me know or speak to Charlie Raven before you attend or speak with Gareth Jones during the session.

Contact Details

Booking

It is essential to know the numbers in advance of who is coming. Please book your sessions so that we can gain relevant information for track and trace purposes. Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance.

Event Details

London Metro FC Training Session

Booking Required

Date: 11 May 2021   Time: 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Available places: 12

Venue: Score Centre, Oliver Road, London E10 5JY

Booking form Link: https://tinyurl.com/Footie11May

 

Contact: Charlie Email  charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or call 07956292046

 

 

Please check before travelling that this event is still taking place as events and dates can change.  https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Pre-screening

All participants and workforce should take the pre-screening questionnaire before leaving home –and keep the results for 21 days.

Members, coaches and volunteers must NOT attend if they:

Have Covid-19 symptoms. List of symptoms can be found here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

Have someone in their household who does have symptoms and is in isolation

Have been asked to remain at home by the UK Government track and trace system, or those that are in the clinically vulnerable group. Government advice is detailed here.

 

Pre-screening questionnaire

Before leaving the house to participate in activity, please check you:

Do not have symptoms of a high temperature (feeling hot, feeling cold, shivers, feeling under the weather).

Do not have a new persistent cough.

You have not got a loss of taste or smell.

You have not been in contact with a person with suspected COVID-19 within the past 48 hours.

You have not been advised to self-isolate due to a third party from another setting (i.e. school) that has been infected with COVID-19.

No-one within your household has COVID-19 symptoms as outlined above, which would require the whole household to go into isolation as guided by UK Government.

Individuals must not attend a session if any of the above are true.

 

Meet and Greet

We have always offered a meet and greet service for members for our football sessions from Leyton Tube Station. The current situation makes offering this service a challenge in the short term. Therefore, we would advise players to safely make their own way to the Score Centre wherever possible. If this is not possible then arrangements can be made. We will discuss guiding requirements with those players that have booked in to play 24 hours before the session, via email or text.

If guiding does occur to and from the station, this may be completed at differing times and may include verbal guiding.

The Score Centre requires players to enter the facility as a group and depart from the facility as a group. We ask that players, coaches and volunteers wait safely outside the front doors. Please note, the Score Centre includes other services, including a nursery, and other people may be waiting outside. 

Toilets and changing rooms

Only the toilet areas are in use and the changing rooms are closed, therefore we recommend that you get changed before leaving home and have secondary clothing to wear once training has finished. Lockers are available if required.


Hand Sanitising

There are several hand sanitising stations around the venue, but we ask you to bring your own, and encourage you to take advantage of drink breaks for regular hand sanitising. There is a wall-attached hand sanitising station on the right hand side as you enter the building. You are likely to be instructed by the centre staff to use this on entry.

Centre Changes

There is a one way system onto the courts, and the Score Centre have been asking customers to leave via the fire exits on court. Please not that this is quite dark and therefore please take extra care.

Spectators are not allowed.

Face Covering

It is not a requirement to wear a face covering at the Score Centre and advice is not to wear one whilst playing football, please do however feel free to wear one where you feel that social distancing is not able to be maintained. Face coverings will be required if guiding occurs to and from the tube station.

 

Equipment

Please ensure you bring your own equipment to use. Please ensure that footballs and other equipment is sanitised regularly.

 

Opt-in notice

By attending football sessions, you are personally opting into the session on the basis that you have received relevant information to make an informed choice. If you feel you do not have all the information required, please request further information, or do not attend.

Any person found deliberately or consistently breaking the guidance at the discretion of the Sport Leads or Metro Blind Sport staff set out by Metro Blind Sport will be asked to leave the activity with immediate effect.

In this instance details will be passed onto Metro Blind Sport as the organisation responsible for the measures in line with Government advice.

Summary

We look forward to seeing you all again, we hope these measures will enable you to enjoy the sessions, if unsure about anything please ask using the contact details below.

Martin Symcox
October 2020

Contact Details

 

 

News & Events Update – 28 April

Metro Blind Sport logo with a blue tinted spotlight behind it and a faded image of a tennis player returning a low the ball and the text saying Wednesday 28 April Weekly Events & News Update!

Our return to play has continued strongly in the past week. Attendances at the activities that we have been running continue to be positive. Check out the latest on offer this week.

Tennis

 Now that we are back on court, we have decided to stop the online sessions. We want to thank Mark and Linda for their support and coaching with these sessions and the players who joined in. Online activity started just after the first lockdown, and we are pleased to have provided this service for so long.

We will return on court in the second week in May, so please use the links below to book your place.

If you are interested in playing for the first time, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindposrt.org 07956 292046. It has been terrific to see new members come along since we have restarted tennis.

 

Bowls

 The Metro Blind Sport bowls sessions will be continuing at the Paddington Sports Club every Thursday at 3 pm for those that want to join a friendly game. The new venue has been very welcoming, and the players have settled in nicely to the sports club.

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.

 

Football

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

Please book in advance using the link below. Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance.

If you are interested in playing, Please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046 or Gareth Jones gareth.jones@tottenhamhotspur.com.

 

Cricket

 The team are always hoping to invite new Metro Blind Sport members to play the game, and we invite any new players to come along to a training session and a net session at Highgate Woods. These sessions occur every Tuesday at 5.30 pm.

The Metro Devils congregated at Highgate Woods on Saturday for the first practise session as a team since September 2019. You wouldn’t have known it. Metro scorer, Paul Toplis, organised the players into pairs, and everyone got a chance to bat and bowl on a typically windy afternoon on the slope of the home pitch.

The players are keen for the season and the competitive matches to start. You can read more about their practice session here: https://blindsport.uk/CricketInTheWoods

We welcome players who have never played before or perhaps haven’t played for some time. 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.

 

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

 It has been a few weeks since we started this new project, so I wrote a short article about the project with input from people who have attended and from our partner organisation, Bikeworks. You can read the article here: http://blindsport.uk/5WeeksCycling

If you want to have a go, then get in contact. You can come along by yourself or arrange to bring along a friend or family member. This is precisely, what happened last week when Marvel came along with her two sons. You can book in for one session or a series of sessions, and the great news is, the sessions are all free! The sessions in May will be on the following days:

  • Tuesday 4 May
  • Wednesday 5 May
  • Tuesday 11 May
  • Wednesday 12 May
  • Tuesday 18 May
  • Wednesday 19 May
  • Tuesday 25 May
  • Wednesday 26 May

There will be two time slots available for you to choose from on each of the days. Session 1 is from 9.30 am until 11 am, and session 2 is from 11.30 am until 1 pm.

If you would like to join a session, please contact Nikki Ray from Bikeworks Nikki.Ray@bikeworks.org.uk 07833757954.

 

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 Hyde Park on a Thursday at 6.30 pm. For more information about these free sessions, please contact Chris Blackabee chrisblackabee@gmail.com or visit the Achilles International UK Facebook page https://tinyurl.com/AchillesRuns

 

Parkrun

When the Government published their Roadmap for England back in February, Parkrun announced their intent to reopen English junior events on Sunday 11 April and English 5k events on Saturday 5 June. Since then, junior parkrun has returned successfully, and they now have 155 junior events in England either reopened or with a confirmed start date over the next few weeks.

Keep up to date with their latest news about adult sessions restarting here https://tinyurl.com/ParkrunRestarting

 

Swimming

Swimming lessons will soon be available again to Metro Blind Sport members. Metro Blind Sport, in partnership with Ealing Swimming Club and Everyone Active, will once again offer discounted lessons. This service was well used prior to the lockdown, and we are pleased that it will be back up and running in mid-May.

We will be offering one to one swimming lessons, as we believe this is the best way to start if you have always wanted to try swimming but need that one to one support.

Thanks to our great partners and coach at the Ealing Swimming Club, it may be possible to be flexible with times or days, with the one to one swimming sessions. As always, sessions will be subject to coach availability.

Dates, timings, and costs will be detailed in next week’s newsletter, but if you are interested in coming along, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

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 who would be 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 to play sports or to help people to travel to activities or promote our activities. We welcome all the help we can get, so please encourage friends to get in touch.

 

News

 

Katriona Taylor

International vocalist Katriona Taylor and her band will be streaming live on Saturday 15 May at 8.30 pm.

Katriona Taylor and her band lock down in the studio to stream a live show to you. Don’t miss Katriona singing a great selection of Jazz, Latin & Soul songs, with full HD pictures and top-quality stereo sound to create an incredible music vibe.

This show is hot off the heels of her latest album launch, Blind Passion. This live show will be streamed FREE to watch, purely for your enjoyment.

To get your free tickets, register here:  https://tinyurl.com/KatrionaT

 

 

London Vision

Our friends over at London Vision have another packed week of activities this week.

2020 a year to remember – Thursday 29 April 6 pm -7.30 pm.

Renu, London Vision’s enthusiastic virtual intern will be chairing this session, which is an opportunity for you to share your experiences of living with sight loss throughout a pandemic.

Friday Lunchtime drop-in – let’s talk AT 1 pm – 2 pm.

London Vision’s weekly drop-in session to chat assistive technology, no script plan, just come along and ask your questions about assistive technology. Graham Page from Thomas Pocklington Trust supports this session to join; click here: https://tinyurl.com/LetsTalkAT and click the launch meeting button at 1 pm on any Friday.

All things Reading – Tuesday 4 May 6 pm-7.30 pm.

Exploring the joy of listening to books. Paul Porter RNIBs Digital Manager will lead the session and explain how to make the most of RNIB’s Reading Services.

 

Certification and Registration, your rights and benefits – Wednesday 5 May 6 pm – 7.30 pm. 

Exploring the benefits being registered partially sighted or blind brings along with your rights to accessible services and more.

Their sessions take place on Zoom, but if you’ve never done it before or are having difficulties, they can dial you in to the meeting on your phone. For further information or joining links, email info@londonvision.org

 

The College of North West London IT Courses

The College of North West London offers IT courses specific for blind and partially sighted people. These are part-time day courses, accredited by City & Guilds, and run for one year from September to June.

Classes are held two days a week – Level 1 on Thursday/Friday 9.30 am – 3.45 pm (at the Wembley Park campus).

At the end of the Level 1 course, students have the option to integrate into mainstream to continue IT at Level 2 or pursue another course of their choice.

For more information contact Gladieth Walker, Curriculum Manager, College of North West London 020 8208 5458 gladieth.walker@cnwl.ac.uk

 

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

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Football: LMFC Training 4 May

London Metro FC Training session - A London Metro Futsal Club Team photo all smiling in front of the goal
Venue:
Score Centre, Oliver Road, London E10 5JY
Time:
6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
Phone:
07956292046
Date:
04th May 2021
Cost:
Free * Booking Required *


London Metro FC Training Sessions

Please check before travelling that this event is still taking place as events and dates can change.  https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

I am delighted to confirm that Metro Blind Sport is returning to football at the Score Centre in Leyton. Listed below are the guidelines for our return and I would kindly ask that you read these carefully. Should you have any questions about the information or require support in booking the sessions then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

COVID Arrangements: Score Centre Leyton

We are excited about restarting sessions at the Score Centre and want to make sure that players, volunteers and other helpers feel as safe and comfortable as possible.

There are some changes that are in place and we will follow rules and guidelines from the venue, these may be subject to change as we go along and we appreciate your patience and co-operation as we adapt to the situation.

New Football Arrangments – Please read

Download – Word: Football Arrangements

If you have any queries please let me know or speak to Charlie Raven before you attend or speak with Gareth Jones during the session.

Contact Details

Booking

It is essential to know the numbers in advance of who is coming. Please book your sessions so that we can gain relevant information for track and trace purposes. Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance.

Event Details

London Metro FC Training Session

Booking Required

Date: 27 April 2021   Time: 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Available places: 12

Venue: Score Centre, Oliver Road, London E10 5JY

Booking form Link: https://tinyurl.com/Footie4may

 

Contact: Charlie Email  charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or call 07956292046

 

Pre-screening

All participants and workforce should take the pre-screening questionnaire before leaving home –and keep the results for 21 days.

Members, coaches and volunteers must NOT attend if they:

Have Covid-19 symptoms. List of symptoms can be found here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

Have someone in their household who does have symptoms and is in isolation

Have been asked to remain at home by the UK Government track and trace system, or those that are in the clinically vulnerable group. Government advice is detailed here.

 

Pre-screening questionnaire

Before leaving the house to participate in activity, please check you:

Do not have symptoms of a high temperature (feeling hot, feeling cold, shivers, feeling under the weather).

Do not have a new persistent cough.

You have not got a loss of taste or smell.

You have not been in contact with a person with suspected COVID-19 within the past 48 hours.

You have not been advised to self-isolate due to a third party from another setting (i.e. school) that has been infected with COVID-19.

No-one within your household has COVID-19 symptoms as outlined above, which would require the whole household to go into isolation as guided by UK Government.

Individuals must not attend a session if any of the above are true.

 

Meet and Greet

We have always offered a meet and greet service for members for our football sessions from Leyton Tube Station. The current situation makes offering this service a challenge in the short term. Therefore, we would advise players to safely make their own way to the Score Centre wherever possible. If this is not possible then arrangements can be made. We will discuss guiding requirements with those players that have booked in to play 24 hours before the session, via email or text.

If guiding does occur to and from the station, this may be completed at differing times and may include verbal guiding.

The Score Centre requires players to enter the facility as a group and depart from the facility as a group. We ask that players, coaches and volunteers wait safely outside the front doors. Please note, the Score Centre includes other services, including a nursery, and other people may be waiting outside. 

Toilets and changing rooms

Only the toilet areas are in use and the changing rooms are closed, therefore we recommend that you get changed before leaving home and have secondary clothing to wear once training has finished. Lockers are available if required.


Hand Sanitising

There are several hand sanitising stations around the venue, but we ask you to bring your own, and encourage you to take advantage of drink breaks for regular hand sanitising. There is a wall-attached hand sanitising station on the right hand side as you enter the building. You are likely to be instructed by the centre staff to use this on entry.

Centre Changes

There is a one way system onto the courts, and the Score Centre have been asking customers to leave via the fire exits on court. Please not that this is quite dark and therefore please take extra care.

Spectators are not allowed.

Face Covering

It is not a requirement to wear a face covering at the Score Centre and advice is not to wear one whilst playing football, please do however feel free to wear one where you feel that social distancing is not able to be maintained. Face coverings will be required if guiding occurs to and from the tube station.

 

Equipment

Please ensure you bring your own equipment to use. Please ensure that footballs and other equipment is sanitised regularly.

 

Opt-in notice

By attending football sessions, you are personally opting into the session on the basis that you have received relevant information to make an informed choice. If you feel you do not have all the information required, please request further information, or do not attend.

Any person found deliberately or consistently breaking the guidance at the discretion of the Sport Leads or Metro Blind Sport staff set out by Metro Blind Sport will be asked to leave the activity with immediate effect.

In this instance details will be passed onto Metro Blind Sport as the organisation responsible for the measures in line with Government advice.

Summary

We look forward to seeing you all again, we hope these measures will enable you to enjoy the sessions, if unsure about anything please ask using the contact details below.

Martin Symcox
October 2020

Contact Details

 

 

News & Events Update – 21 April

Metro Blind Sport logo with a blue tinted spotlight behind it and a faded image of a cricket player bowling into the nets, outside at Highgate Woods and the text saying Wednesday 21 April Weekly Events & News Update!

Last week was a great week, with plenty of activity for our Metro Blind Sport members and friends. It was very much about a return to play. Attendances at the activities that we have been running have been really pleasing, with some sessions at capacity. If you are required to book for any activities, then please do this early. Similarly, if you can’t attend a session that you have booked, please let us know to open up your place to another person.

 

Bowls

The Metro Blind Sport bowlers returned to the green for the first time since December at Paddington Sports Club. Despite the weather, which included a hailstorm, the bowlers managed to play a few games and reported that the greens were in good condition. They even managed to use the bar facilities within the sports club grounds and enjoy a drink afterwards, outside.

Sessions will be continuing every Thursday at 3 pm for those that want to join a friendly game.

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.

 

Tennis

Last week our members returned to court, and it was excellent that many returned to play, and it was great to see new players coming along for the first time as well. We will return to court next week, so please use the links below to book your place.

28 April 2021 6 pm – 8 pm
https://tinyurl.com/BTennis28April

30 April 2021 – 6 pm – 8 pm
https://tinyurl.com/VITennis30April

To keep our players active, Mark Bullock will be delivering the online sessions this Wednesday and Friday. Check out the tennis group WhatsApp messages for details.

If you are interested in playing, Please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Blind & VI Tennis returns to Sutton Sports Village *Booking Required*

Every Thursday (Term time only – excluding half term)
Time:  10.30 am – 12.00 pm
Venue: Sutton Sports Village, Rose Hill, Sutton, SM1 3HH
Cost: First time FREE, after that a monthly direct debit of £18.41
Contact to book & register interest: Andrew.jeffery@gll.org
Venue telephone: 02086416611

 

Football

The sessions for partially sighted players are occurring every Tuesday evening at the Score Centre from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm, and regularly we are reaching capacity. We are also pleased to receive several new enquiries each week from new players that want to come along. The sessions are a mixture of training and game time and are led by a qualified coach and Sport Lead for football, Gareth Jones.

Please book in advance using the link below. Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance.

27 April 2021
https://tinyurl.com/Footie27April

If you are interested in playing, Please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046. or Gareth Jones gareth.jones@tottenhamhotspur.com.

 

Cricket

Calling all aspiring cricketers, do you fancy playing again or perhaps giving cricket a go for the first time? The team are always hoping to invite new Metro Blind Sport members to play the game, and we invite any new players to come along to a training session and a net session at Highgate Woods. These sessions occur every Tuesday at 5 pm.

The Metro Devils are a development club, so an ideal place to begin the game. We welcome players who have never played before or perhaps haven’t played for some time.

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.

 

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

We have still been welcoming new people along to West London every week. Plus, it has been great to have Metro Blind Sport members returning week after week. This week we managed to take some people out in the sunshine around Hyde Park.

If you want to have a go, get in contact, come along by yourself, or arrange to bring along a friend. You can book in for one session or a series of sessions, and the great news is, the sessions are all free! The sessions in April and May will be on the following days:

  • Tuesday 27 April
  • Wednesday 28 April
  • Tuesday 4 May
  • Wednesday 5 May
  • Tuesday 11 May
  • Wednesday 12 May
  • Tuesday 18 May
  • Wednesday 19 May
  • Tuesday 25 May
  • Wednesday 26 May

There will be two time slots available for you to choose from on each of the days. Session 1 is from 9.30 am until 11 am, and session 2 is from 11.30 am until 1 pm.

If you would like to join a session, then please get in contact with Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

As I mentioned last week, Bikeworks are now looking to arrange sessions in East London. If there are Metro Blind Sport members living in the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham or Waltham Forest interested in riding on the side-by-side cycle, please contact Nikki Ray from Bikeworks Nikki.Ray@bikeworks.org.uk 07833 757954, and she will arrange a ride for you.

 

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

 

Online Yoga

Claire Miller has started her own business delivering online yoga sessions. Claire delivered a series of free sessions for Metro Blind Sport last year and this year, and now she has her website. Claire has an online visually impaired & blind yoga class running on a Tuesday at 10.30 am through zoom. www.clairemilleryoga.co.uk

 

Achilles International

The regular weekly group runs have restarted, and Achilles International are now training in Hyde Park on a Thursday at 6.30 pm. All runners and guides meet at Marble Arch tube station at 6 pm, and they all walk across to the park together at 6:15. For more information about these free sessions, please contact Chris Blackabee chrisblackabee@gmail.com or visit the Achilles International UK Facebook page https://tinyurl.com/AchillesLondon

 

 from the Sight Loss Councils

The link below is on Facebook and is a recording of the recent SLC Creatively Active webinar on the benefits of sport and the arts! https://fb.watch/4TOdVLU8ql

The panel included Paralympic world champion and food blogger Lora Fachie MBE, Actor and director Elizabeth Roney, blind coach Sheraz Chohan, performing arts graduate Ada Eravama. The webinar starts with a live poetry reading from award-winning poet Dave Steele and ends perfectly with low-intensity breathing and chair yoga session by Claire Miller.  Well worth a watch!

 

Other Sports

Some time ago, we mentioned a partnership arrangement with London Pulse Netball. Since facilities have reopened, we have been continuing our discussions for netball sessions to be delivered. Next week we will announce all the details for sessions to begin in June. In the meantime, if you might be interested in taking part, then please email Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

We have been in contact with Westway Climbing Centre about providing regular climbing opportunities for Metro Blind Sport members. We envisage that these sessions will be available to members from the summer. If you would be interested in climbing, then please register your interest with Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

We have been in contact with Northolt Leisure Centre, and we hope to be able to restart the swimming sessions in the coming weeks. More details to follow once we have everything confirmed.

Finally, we are finalising our arrangements for a multisport club at the new facility in Gunnersbury Park on a Sunday afternoon. We are aiming to deliver a weekly session, and more details will be released shortly. If you would be interested in attending, then please register your interest with Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

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 who would be 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

National Running Show

The National Running Show South will occur on the 17-18 July at Farnborough International – https://nationalrunningshow.com/south.

Metro Blind Sport have secured free access to the event. We have set up the code METROBLINDSPORTS on the above website, which can be used when registering for the event.

The National Running Show is a home for runners, no matter how far or fast you go. They bring together inspirational speakers, the latest kit, cutting-edge technology, expert coaches, the best races and a host of tasty nutrition products all under one roof. Tickets are usually £10 but free with the code for our members or friends.

 

London Vision

Our friends over at London Vision have a packed week of activities this week.

 

Managing Sight Loss – An introduction to assistive Technology

Wednesday 21 April  2.30 pm
In this session, they’ll introduce you to technologies that talk, make things larger and can make the lives of blind and partially sighted people a little easier.

 

Story Telling a year to remember  

Wednesday 21 April  6 pm
A repeat of London Vision’s popular event that was held before last Christmas. Share your experiences of living through this extraordinary last year. In particular, they’d like to hear your stories of interaction with the health service. Your stories will help London Vision campaign on topics and issues that impact the lives of blind and partially sighted people living in London.

 

Esme’s virtual friends

Thursday 22 April 6 pm
This is a bi-weekly support group for people living with Charles Bonnet Syndrome. If you live with silent visual hallucinations caused by your sight loss, why not come along and meet others.

Their sessions take place on Zoom, but if you’ve never done it before or are having difficulties, they can dial you in to the meeting on your phone. For further information or joining links, email info@londonvision.org

 

Add-Venture in Learning

AddVenture in learning provides residential courses giving access to life-long learning for visually impaired people. A Committee of volunteers runs them. They are self-sustaining through course revenues, Gift Aid contributions and personal donations.

Their courses take place roughly three times a year, and each course lasts for approximately five days. They run courses throughout the UK. They are hopeful that they can restart their programme in the summer this year, assuming all goes well with the vaccinations and the Government decisions on lock-down don’t scupper their plans.

To find out more, please visit their website http://www.add-ventureinlearning.org.uk

 

10% off my Witches, Wizards, and Wands Online escape Room game

The online escape game ‘Witches, Wizards and Wands’ has been designed with vision impairments in mind to make it accessible fun for all.
Hannah from access escape has kindly given metro members and friends, a 10% off coupon Code:  MetroSport10
You can find out more about Access Escape and the games they run here: https://www.accessescape.com/

 

Free online family fun fitness classes

Work on your fitness and create a balanced lifestyle for your family. Join in eight weeks of online yoga, dance and fitness classes aimed at families with young children.
The weekly 30 minute classes run from 6 April to 29 May 2021 on:
Tuesday 10 am: family yoga
Thursday 10 am: family dance
Saturday 10 am: family fitness/movement

All classes can be viewed on the Southwark children and family YouTube channel.
https://tinyurl.com/SCFFitClasses

 

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

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