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RNIB Connect: A Year in Lockdown, Martin Symcox!

RNIB Connect A Year in Lockdown - Martin Symcox

Martin Symcox, Metro Blind Sport CEO, speaks to Ellie from RNIB Connect on the effects Lockdown has had on the lives of the blind and partially sighted people who regularly attend our events.

“Ellie finds out what Metro Blind Sport have handled lockdown and what they might take forward with them as the country starts to open back up… ”

RNIB Connect Interview  below

 

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RNIB Connect: A Year in Lockdown, Martin Symcox!

RNIB Connect A Year in Lockdown - Martin Symcox

Martin Symcox, Metro Blind Sport CEO, speaks to Ellie from RNIB Connect on the effects Lockdown has had on the lives of the blind and partially sighted people who regularly attend our events.

“Ellie finds out what Metro Blind Sport have handled lockdown and what they might take forward with them as the country starts to open back up… ”

RNIB Connect Interview  below

 

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 at the House of Lords!

Metro blind sport at the House of Lords Sport and Recreation Committee. photo of Martin and Rainbow over a blurred photo of the inside of the house of Lords

House of Lords National Plan for Sport and Recreation Committee

Last week Martin Symcox, Metro Blind Sport CEO, was invited to give evidence at the House of Lords National Sport and Recreation Committee. Martin was in a breakout room with Lord Addington, Baroness Morris and Baroness Brady.

The Committee was appointed to consider the effectiveness of current sport and recreation policies and initiatives and the case for a national plan for sport and recreation.

Before the Meeting, Martin contacted a few of our members to get their views. A huge thank you to all who provided their feedback.

Armed with the positive evidence on what sport can help achieve. Martin highlighted the key issues facing young, visually impaired people regarding sport and physical activity directly to the house of Lords.

  • Improve societies awareness and understanding that sight loss isn’t a barrier to participation in, engagement with or enjoyment of sport or physical activity.
  • Increase the skills and knowledge of local sports organisations, providers and facilities about sight loss to make participation in sport and physical activity more accessible and inclusive.
  • Increase the confidence of blind and partially sighted people to take part in sport or get active.

Rainbow Mbuangi, a young man from St. Vincent’s school, joined Martin and shared how his confidence grew considerably since fully partaking in a range of sports he couldn’t previously!  Now Rainbow is a Merseyside Blind and Visually Impaired Football Club player and part of the England Blind Football squad.

It was a rewarding experience for both Martin and Rainbow as they engaged the Lord’s Committee in the issues faced, and it is pleasing to know that they are keen to find solutions.

What happens next?

The committee has been receiving written and oral evidence since December and continue to do so. Historically, evidence committee’s produce a report for the Government based on their findings.  We will update you when we know more.

 

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Get Active Month starts 15 Feb!

Get Active Month starts 15 Feb with Alex, Martin and Mark!

Get Active Month starts on 15 February!

To address the new research which shows twice as many disabled people felt that coronavirus greatly reduced their ability to do sport or physical activity compared to non-disabled people, this series will provide you with solutions and tips to get people active.

Plus, Visionary have arranged an opportunity to hear directly from you on what barriers exist and what more could be done to overcome these barriers in the Missing Activity Pieces session below.

 

Top tips for keeping active

Join the first of three, one hour Get Active Month sessions hosted by Visionary!

Alex Pitts from British Blind Sport, Martin Symcox from Metro Blind Sport and Inclusive Sports Development Advisor Mark Bullock will all be there to provide practical examples of what you can do to help keep blind and partially sighted people active.

Date: Starting 15 February 2021
Time: 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm
Register at https://visionary.org.uk/online-support-sessions

 

Missing Activity Pieces!

Your chance to highlight the barriers to activity and to help identify what blind and partially sighted people need to have to be active

Alex Pitts from British Blind Sport, Martin Symcox from Metro Blind Sport and Inclusive Sports Development Advisor Mark Bullock will all be there

Date:  Wednesday 24 February 2021
Time: 10.30 am to 11.30 am
Register at https://visionary.org.uk/online-support-sessions

 

Encouraging the young to be active!

Highlighting the programmes and activities that are available to the younger generation with Alex Pitts, National Partnerships Manager at British Blind Sport and Jane Jacobs, First Steps Officer at British Blind Sport.

Date: Wednesday 3 March 2021
Time: 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm
Register at https://visionary.org.uk/online-support-sessions

 

 

 

Blind & Partially Sighted Cricket Fielding Drills Video

Rose and Martin Demonstrate two VI Cricket Drills in a Video!

Blind & Partially Sighted Cricket Fielding Drills Video

Two Blind & Partially Sighted Cricket Fielding Drills to try at home in this Video from Rose with her helper Martin Symcox

“In the first Cricket fielding drill, Rose asks if Martin is ready and then throws the ball so that it bounces and Martin needs to catch it and in the second, Rose asks if Martin is ready and then rolls the ball along the ground and martin has to stop it”

Rose and Martin Demonstrate VI Cricket Drills Video below:

Click on the play button to the bottom left to play video

 

You can check out more blind and partially sighted cricket videos below: blindsport.uk/CricketVids