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Tandem Rides in Aug with MSSC

Group photo of smiling tandem cyclists and their pilots in the countryside at the camera Text says Tandem Cycling with Merton Sports and Social Club
Venue:
67 Clarendon Road, Colliers Wood, London, SW19 2DX
Time:
varied 9am, 9:30am, 10am - varied
Phone:
Date:
01st August 2021
Cost:
Free to try out


Booking up Rides in July and August with MSSC

Merton Sports and Social Club for Visually Impaired People Rides will take place on the first Sunday and third Saturday of each month, sufficient pilots and ride leaders permitting.  We regret that your place cannot be guaranteed until we have secured enough pilots.  If we do not have enough pilots or ride leaders to run four rides, we will have to decide which ride levels are viable given the pilots and leaders available.

We are still trialling a new google online form which we ask all pilots and stokers to complete, in order to sign up for a particular ride.

Tandem Ride Sign Up

To book for a ride on Sunday 1st August, please use the following link:-

https://forms.gle/HbHavEJsRvhLGzrq5

To book for a ride on Saturday 21st August, please use the following link:-

https://forms.gle/Djp86yq5tZoBh5od9

As usual places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to paid up members, and you should receive confirmation no later than the Thursday before the ride.

Again, we regret that your place cannot be confirmed until we have secured enough pilots and ride leaders.

You are welcome to try out a few activities before committing to becoming a member.

 

Ride Leaders Needed

We urgently need to expand our pool of ride leaders as well as pilots.  If you have experience of leading cycle rides or would be keen to have a go, we would love to hear from you.

If interested, training is given 👉 Please email Cycling@MSSC.ORG.UK

We wouldn’t throw you in at the deep end: you could always start as a deputy/backmarker and do some shadowing, before progressing to the role of ride leader.  Please do get in touch at the below email address and we can always have a chat about it.

Remember solo cyclists are welcome on our rides and often serve as good backmarkers!

 

Merton Sports and Social Club for Visually Impaired People

For more information on the Merton Sports and Social Club for Visually Impaired People and membership see the link below

Email: membership@mssc.org.uk.  | Website:  http://www.mssc.org.uk/

To join MSSC, please contact our Membership Secretary who will be happy to provide you with a simple form to complete and details of how to pay your subscription.

Email: membership@mssc.org.uk.

 

Interest in try  out Cycling -links below

Link to our Cycling page: Metro Cycling page

Link to our Cycling video: Cycling Video

 

 

Tandem Rides with MSSC

Group photo of smiling tandem cyclists and their pilots in the countryside at the camera Text says Tandem Cycling with Merton Sports and Social Club
Venue:
67 Clarendon Road, Colliers Wood, London, SW19 2DX
Time:
varied 9am, 9:30am, 10am - varied
Phone:
Date:
04th July 2021
Cost:
Free to try out


Booking up Rides in July and August with MSSC

Merton Sports and Social Club for Visually Impaired People Rides will take place on the first Sunday and third Saturday of each month, sufficient pilots and ride leaders permitting.  We regret that your place cannot be guaranteed until we have secured enough pilots.  If we do not have enough pilots or ride leaders to run four rides, we will have to decide which ride levels are viable given the pilots and leaders available.

We are still trialling a new google online form which we ask all pilots and stokers to complete, in order to sign up for a particular ride.

Tandem Ride Sign Up

We are still short of pilots for rides on 4th and 17th July.  The link to book is:-

https://forms.gle/UUvXVu2JCLytbrAt7

MSSC still short of pilots for some rides, If interested, training is given
👉 Please email Cycling@MSSC.ORG.UK

To book for a ride on Sunday 1st August, please use the following link:-

https://forms.gle/HbHavEJsRvhLGzrq5

To book for a ride on Saturday 21st August, please use the following link:-

https://forms.gle/Djp86yq5tZoBh5od9

As usual places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to paid up members, and you should receive confirmation no later than the Thursday before the ride.

Again, we regret that your place cannot be confirmed until we have secured enough pilots and ride leaders.

You are welcome to try out a few activities before committing to becoming a member.

 

Ride Leaders Needed

We urgently need to expand our pool of ride leaders as well as pilots.  If you have experience of leading cycle rides or would be keen to have a go, we would love to hear from you.

If interested, training is given 👉 Please email Cycling@MSSC.ORG.UK

We wouldn’t throw you in at the deep end: you could always start as a deputy/backmarker and do some shadowing, before progressing to the role of ride leader.  Please do get in touch at the below email address and we can always have a chat about it.

Remember solo cyclists are welcome on our rides and often serve as good backmarkers!

 

Merton Sports and Social Club for Visually Impaired People

For more information on the Merton Sports and Social Club for Visually Impaired People and membership see the link below

Email: membership@mssc.org.uk.  | Website:  http://www.mssc.org.uk/

To join MSSC, please contact our Membership Secretary who will be happy to provide you with a simple form to complete and details of how to pay your subscription.

Email: membership@mssc.org.uk.

 

Interest in try  out Cycling -links below

Link to our Cycling page: Metro Cycling page

Link to our Cycling video: Cycling Video

 

 

Tandem Rides in July and August with MSSC

Group photo of smiling tandem cyclists and their pilots in the countryside at the camera Text says Tandem Cycling with Merton Sports and Social Club

Booking up Rides in July and August with MSSC

Merton Sports and Social Club for Visually Impaired People Rides will take place on the first Sunday and third Saturday of each month, sufficient pilots and ride leaders permitting.  We regret that your place cannot be guaranteed until we have secured enough pilots.  If we do not have enough pilots or ride leaders to run four rides, we will have to decide which ride levels are viable given the pilots and leaders available.

Venue Address: 67 Clarendon Road, London, SW19 2DX

Contact:  Cycling@MSSC.ORG.UK

 

Tandem Ride Sign Up

We are still short of pilots for rides on 4th and 17th July.  The link to book is:-

https://forms.gle/UUvXVu2JCLytbrAt7

MSSC still short of pilots for some rides, If interested, training is given
👉 Please email Cycling@MSSC.ORG.UK

To book for a ride on Sunday 1st August, please use the following link:-

https://forms.gle/HbHavEJsRvhLGzrq5

To book for a ride on Saturday 21st August, please use the following link:-

https://forms.gle/Djp86yq5tZoBh5od9

As usual places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to paid up members, and you should receive confirmation no later than the Thursday before the ride.

Again, we regret that your place cannot be confirmed until we have secured enough pilots and ride leaders.

You are welcome to try out a few activities before committing to becoming a member.

 

Ride Leaders Needed

We urgently need to expand our pool of ride leaders as well as pilots.  If you have experience of leading cycle rides or would be keen to have a go, we would love to hear from you.

If interested, training is given 👉 Please email Cycling@MSSC.ORG.UK

We wouldn’t throw you in at the deep end: you could always start as a deputy/backmarker and do some shadowing, before progressing to the role of ride leader.  Please do get in touch at the below email address and we can always have a chat about it.

Remember solo cyclists are welcome on our rides and often serve as good backmarkers!

 

Merton Sports and Social Club for Visually Impaired People

For more information on the Merton Sports and Social Club for Visually Impaired People and membership see the link below

Email: membership@mssc.org.uk.  | Website:  http://www.mssc.org.uk/

To join MSSC, please contact our Membership Secretary who will be happy to provide you with a simple form to complete and details of how to pay your subscription.

Email: membership@mssc.org.uk.

 

Interest in trying Cycling?  Cycling video below!

Link to our Cycling page: Metro Cycling page

 

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Multi-Sports Starts Weekly on Sun 11 July!

Four photo in a grid of tennis, football, cricket and goalball in onthat make up the Multi sports sessions at Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub
Venue:
Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub, Popes Ln, W3 8LQ.
Time:
2.00 pm - 4.00pm
Phone:
07956 292 046
Date:
11th July 2021
Cost:
Free


Multi-Sports at Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub

Metro Blind Sport have partnered with Goalball UK, Sportworks, Ealing Council and GLL to deliver multiple sport and physical activity opportunities for blind and partially sighted people. 

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and is inviting Londoners to sign up. The project welcomes blind and partially sighted people of all ages and abilities from West London to engage in a variety of different sports.

Multi-sports  at Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub

The sessions will include, football, tennis, goalball, cricket as well as many other activities throughout the year.

The ‘Seeing the benefit of exercise’ project will be 2-hour weekly session on a Sunday afternoon, led by qualified coaches in a covid secure environment. The sports are all adapted specifically for blind and partially sighted people, using adapted equipment, and will rotate on a weekly basis to provide as much opportunity as possible for people to try new things.

Date: Sunday 11 July then every Sunday   Time: 2 pm to 4 pm

Venue: Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub, Popes Ln, W3 8LQ.

For the first 3 months of July,  August, and September, check out the weekly schedule below for what will be taking place:

  • 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 register for the sessions

Please contact Charlie Raven, Sports Development Officer Metro Blind Sport
Email: Charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org  or call 07956 292 046

 

 

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Trustee Spotlight: Mark Russell

Photo of Mark Russell on a blue spotlight background with a faded photo on of mark in the middle of a foorball team huddle / meeting on the pitch laughing with the players text says Trustee Spotlight Mark Russell
“If you’re someone that’s had sight, who has been through sight loss, and you haven’t played sport for a while, then sometimes, maybe, that first step of just coming along and trying it, can be the hardest…Come and have a go, it can be life-changing!”

Mark Russell, a talented footballer, is a Metro Blind Sport trustee and an on the pitch volunteer, who, along with his friend, our sport lead Gareth Jones, has helped their cup-winning London Metro Futsal club grow from one team to two. This dynamic duo also delivers regular futsal training sessions and organise all the transport to away games, a fantastic ongoing achievement.

Photo of Gareth Jones and Mark Russell playing Futsal, Mark has the ball and Gareth is coming up behind him.
Photo of Gareth Jones and Mark Russell playing Futsal, Mark has the ball and Gareth is coming up behind him.

How long have you been interested in sport?

All my life to be honest, I can’t remember not being interested in sports. My dad was always watching football, and I was not just interested in football, I wanted to watch, whether it was Grandstand on a Saturday or Transworld Sport!

I guess I got involved playing football from quite a young age, probably from six years old. I’ve played all the way through my life and I was involved with a Sunday league team. I got involved in other sports, in particular, rugby and cricket.

I lost all of my central vision when I was 19, and then didn’t play any sport for about ten years after I’d initially had the sight loss diagnosed. I then took the plunge and decided, that I wanted to get back into just playing some sport. I’d had an email that someone had forwarded to me, maybe at the RNIB to Metro. It was in 2011, 2012. I think I found out about the football team then.

 

Why futsal? Why partially sighted football?

When I lost my sight in 2001, I still loved football …and always kept interested in what was happening and what’s going on. I guess I didn’t want to just play again. I spoke to Metro, and I found out that there was a partially sighted league and a team, the London Metro Futsal Club (LMFC), that Metro supported.

I started training with the team and just enjoyed getting back to playing. I think we forget why we play in the first instance. It’s simple. It’s just that pure enjoyment of being out on a football pitch and running around with other like-minded people that enjoy playing football.

I think that the team aspect of football is great. And not just football, but lots of team sports. I enjoy those team elements. I’ve made some really good friends through playing football, cricket, and through being involved with Metro.

 

Best sporting achievement so far?

Winning the PSFL league against Birmingham, who had been the champions for a number of seasons and had a real stronghold over that.

A year or so before, we were probably quite a long way away from being able to mount a serious challenge, but then to actually have taken that national title and to do it with a group of people that had become really close friends as well was great!

 

Has sport helped you in other parts of your life?

Massively, it’s not until you reflect and look back that I realised. Sport was quite a big catalyst for me and has given me that confidence to go out there and do other things… I guess it put the ball back in my court.

 

Why did you become a Metro Blind Sport trustee?

Out of curiosity, at first. I’d already been volunteering a lot of my time in running the football side of things with Gareth. While chatting to Roy Smith, the chairman of Metro at the time, the opportunity came up. I thought I could help with the strategic vision and the running of the charity. I could use my work experience, inclusion, HR, talent recruitment and diversity and bring some of my knowledge to the Board of Trustees.

 

What’s the best thing about being a trustee?

A sense of purpose, I can help put back into the charity after it has given me a lot of opportunities, to get involved and participate in sport. I add value, and sometimes where I need to, provide a challenge to us as a group. it’s been a really enjoyable experience for me, but a perfect learning curve as well.

 

What bit of advice would you give to a newbie trustee

Be curious, ask more questions,  there are no wrong questions,  no question is a bad question. I’ve always admired those people that really don’t mind asking some real key questions…

 

How has the London Metro futsal club evolved?

Seeing that growth in the club and seeing new players come along and try out futsal for the first time. From a personal level, it is just as pleasing to see new people come along and just try out the game.

Whilst we’ve had some success on the pitch, and it’s great, to be competitive and to win. The overarching philosophy around what we have done is not about just winning. It’s for people of all abilities to come together, get involved and be part of something bigger than just the competitive side.

 

What advice would you give to a person just starting or thinking about trying, partially sighted football?

Come and have a go. It can be really life-changing!  It can give you opportunities that you might not have realised.  You might find out about some other sports or other activities that are going on for blind and partially sighted people that you might not have even been aware of before.

A huge thank you  Folded hands Image - Thank you  to Mark for chatting with us and for the advice he has shared!

 

If you are interested in trying out some futsal training with the London Metro Futsal Club, or interested in volunteering, then please Contact: charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or phone  07956292046

 

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