Metro 2021 Update & Online Activity!
Date: Jan 6 2021
The news from the Prime Minister earlier this week was not what we were hoping for at the start of 2021. However, I can completely understand the decision in tackling the recent increases in cases of the coronavirus pandemic.
With cases at such high levels and sports and leisure facilities closed, sadly it means that we will not be able to deliver face to face sporting activity for the foreseeable future. It is clearly disappointing as we had hoped to restart many of our regular activities and commence new activities from this month. We will have to remain patient for the time being and restart these activities when it is safe to do so and when restrictions are lifted.
In the meantime, we remain committed to delivering online activity where we can and directing members to the fantastic accessible online resources that have been created by others. ”
Martin Symcox CEO of Metro Blind Sport
Online Activity links below
At the end of last year, we released our first online Chair Yoga session with Claire Miller. Session 2 and 3 have since been released and all are available on our YouTube page. https://blindsport.uk/ChairYoga
Visually Impaired Virtual Exercise classes!
Join our FREE virtual exercise classes hosted by Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Health and Wellbeing coaches. We will be running weekly exercise classes exploring different types of training
Sessions take place on Zoom virtual video platform on Wednesday’s at 2 pm
if you wish to register interest or find out more please contact:
Contact: Adam Millar 07392091327 or email Adam.firstname.lastname@example.org
Get Yourself Active at Home
The new ‘Get Yourself Active at Home’ timetable is now available, and videos will be released in January on to their new YouTube channel https://blindsport.uk/GYAYoutube These pre-recorded videos are designed to support disabled people and people with long term health conditions to be active at home. The timetable includes four series all led by different trainers and involving a variety of different activities that can be carried out from the comfort of your home.
Online Tennis Coaching
Our online Tennis Coaching continues. The sessions will occur every other week on a Wednesday and Friday from 6 pm – 7 pm. The sessions will be led by Mark Bullock and will include a session for our B1 players on the Wednesday evenings and for our B2-B5 players on the Friday evenings. Links to Zoom sessions are distributed to players via WhatsApp. If you want to join the tennis WhatsApp groups then please contact Charlie Raven. email: email@example.com or call 07956292046
The dates for the sessions are as follows:
- Wednesday 13th January (for B1’s)
- Friday 15th January (for B2 -B5)
- Wednesday 27th January (for B1’s)
- Friday 29th January (for B2 -B5)
- Wednesday 10th February (for B1’s)
- Friday 12th February (for B2 -B5)
- Wednesday 24th February (for B1’s)
- Friday 26th February (for B2 -B5)
You will need a tennis racket and a VI tennis ball to take part. If you need a racket or a ball, then please let me know and we can provide them for you without charge.
British Blind Sport
British Blind Sport have a suite of online audio described classes for people to attend. These include some audio-led workouts, covering a wide range of activities such as Yoga, Pilates, HIIT, Boxercise and Strength. For more details visit their website https://britishblindsport.org.uk/active-at-home/
Don’t forget that we have a full suite of audio described exercise sessions from Eyes-Free Fitness on the Metro Blind Sport website: https://blindsport.uk/AudioExercise
We are very keen to ensure that members remain virtually connected and we are certainly willing to arrange regular online catch ups and social meetings with members. Details of these will be released in due course once they are arranged.
VI Sailor’s Week – Blind Week
This event is hoping to occur, in some format, during 2021. Organisers are asking potential participants to register their interest. Details about the event can be found on our website.
To register your interest in participating in Blind Week 2021 send your name and mobile phone number as soon as possible and no later than 15 March 2021 to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LTA: Disability Tennis Competitions 2021 Update
As you can imagine with varying restrictions across the UK at the moment the LTA have found it difficult to finalise a competition calendar for 2021. Understandably many venues don’t want to commit to any events early in the year due to uncertainties, so you will notice most events start a little later than usual.
Below are the events booked in so far, more dates will be added in time. All dates are provisional and are subject to change depending on lockdown restrictions in 2021.
Metro Blind Sport original Coronavirus update – May 2020
Considering the current Coronavirus pandemic, and the suspension of all Metro Blind Sport face-to-face activity, Metro Blind Sport is having to respond to the pressures that it currently faces.
Consequently, Metro Blind Sport has made the decision to furlough or redeploy most of the staff until sporting events start up again. This decision will be reviewed on a regular basis, in line with the government advice, in order that we can recommence activity as soon as it is safe to do so.
We understand that this comes at a difficult time for our members, volunteers, coaches, partners and the whole sport and physical activity community. However, the difficult decision has been made in consultation with our board of trustees and major funders.
From Friday 15th May, I will remain actively working for Metro Blind Sport, although this will be under regular review. I will continue to distribute regular updates through our twitter account and by newsflashes where appropriate. We are aiming to continue to deliver the Zoom meetings that are advertised on our website.
Our regular monthly newsletter will, however, not be sent out. Our website remains a source of very useful information but please note that it will not be updated as often whilst our staff are on furlough.
I would encourage you where possible, for members to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.
We are very sorry that we have had to take this action and we will update you in due course.
CEO Metro Blind Sport
Metro Blind Sport has suspended all face-to-face activity and likely for a considerable time yet.
We will continue to review the government advice closely and we will, of course, start activity again when it is safe to do so.
Information regarding specific Metro Blind Sport activity is detailed at the bottom of this statement.
The decision has been taken in the interests of our members, coaches, volunteers, supporters and the wider visually impaired communities. This decision is also in alignment with many of the sport governing bodies.
Where possible, members are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.
Metro Blind Sport will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide updates on the impact to our organisation in the coming weeks. We appreciate that the current situation will undoubtedly place our members in a difficult situation and we are working on the best way to help alleviate the situation and will update you as plans evolve.
Social distancing and advice
Social distancing measures (as defined by Public Health England as spending more than 15 minutes and within a 2-metre distance talking to someone) are now advised not only if we test positive or have symptoms, but in day to day life. As well as current travel advice, the current UK government is advising anyone with a “new, continuous” cough or high temperature and those they live with need to self-isolate for 14 days.
- Click here for NHS advice on infection control
- Click here for the government’s advice if you have symptoms
At Risk groups
The latest advice from the government’s chief medical adviser is that those over 70 currently do not need to be self-isolating. However, in the coming days, every Briton over the age of 70 and those in at-risk groups over the age of 70 will be advised to be “largely shielded from social contact” for 12 weeks to help protect themselves. Those with underlying medical issues such as high blood pressure, lung complaints and weakened or compromised immune systems are more likely to develop serious illness as a result of the disease.
Anyone with a higher risk from viruses such as cold or flu should take sensible steps to reduce the risk of picking up infections. Click here for NHS advice on infection control – it is summarized below:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
- use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services
- Click here for the government’s advice if you have symptoms
Latest and Practical information
Helpful info from the BBC
- A SIMPLE GUIDE: What are the symptoms?
- AVOIDING CONTACT: Should I self-isolate?
- STRESS: How to protect your mental health
- LOOK-UP TOOL: Check cases in your area
- VIDEO: The 20-second hand wash
Metro Annual Athletics Open 2020 is cancelled
As we have mentioned, we will keep our members updated on any changes as and when they occur and keep you informed when we recommence activities. Our thoughts are certainly with you at these unprecedented times. Stay safe and we will be in contact.
CEO Metro Blind Sport
Chair Metro Blind Sport