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Poland Tennis Tournament 2022

Full Metro Team outside the tennis centre - Poland Tournament 2022

Poland Tennis Tournament 2022

On 7th September, 6 Metro players and 1 Metro staff member met up at Stansted airport to start their journey to Gdansk for the Friendly Blind Tennis Tournament.

These Metro players were made up of Helen Potter (B3), Amanda Green (B3), Oliver Cousins (B3), Anil Kanani (B2), Tracy Compton (B1) and Naqi Rizvi (B1), along with staff member Lucy Simper.

Having arrived at Gdansk airport, the group headed to the tennis conference, where the future of blind and visually impaired tennis was discussed, along with areas of development. Lucy and Amanda did a speech representing the UK along with Metro Blind Sport. This included the history of the sport, where the UK is up to and areas for development going forward. The conference gave a great insight into where the sport is currently at in different countries.

The conference is on YouTube below


There were 78 players playing in the tournament across 3 sight classifications- B1, B2 and B3 split into male and female players. These players were from countries worldwide, including Mexico and Lithuania, just to name a couple. All players and officials stayed in the same hotel in Gdansk, creating a good chance to mingle with players from other countries and build friendships.

On Thursday 8th September, at 9 am the bus arrived to take the 78 players to the tennis courts, and the first round of matches began. Each player was competing in a round-robin within their category. Metro finished off the day with 3 wins and 3 losses.

On Friday 9th September, the round-robin matches continued. Once finished, Naqi Rizvi, Anil Kanani and Helen Potter had all finished among the top two players in their group, meaning they were through to the next rounds.

Photos from the Poland Tournament 2022 are below!


On Saturday 10th September, the doubles and next rounds commenced. This resulted in some great tennis. Helen Potter and Amanda Green won their doubles in a nail-biting tiebreak. Naqi Rizvi and Tracy Compton were pipped to the post by the Lithuanian pair in a friendly doubles match. In the singles Anil Kanani, unfortunately, lost his quarter-final, however, Helen Potter and Naqi Rizvi were through to the semi-finals.

All the players finished with a position for their category, they were as follows- Tracy came 5th in the B1 singles, Oliver came 9th in the B3 men’s singles, Amanda came 6th in the B3 women’s and Anil came 5th in the B2 men’s category.

Semi-finals and finals day had arrived, and Metro was ready.

Helen and Naqi both played spectacularly to win their semi-finals, meaning Metro had two finals to cheer on. Helen started her B3 women’s final first, with the Metro crew behind her.

Helen played an amazing match, winning the final 4-0, 4-0 against her opponent who was from Italy. Naqi was then the final match on, with a large crowd he went on to win 4-3 (11-9), 4-2 against his Italian opponent.

With two gold medals in the bag and a great time had by all, we set off to the airport to come home with a big smile on our faces.

Lots of new friendships were formed, and lots of great tennis was played. We even managed a lovely trip to the local beach and park. The trip will be remembered with fond memories, and we look forward to keeping in contact with those connections made.

All matches across the week can be viewed on YouTube via on this channel-link

Report by Lucy Simper

Congratulations to all of those who took part.


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Highgate: Tennis & Social Event!

Group photo of smiling players volunteers and the coach an a outside courts at the Highgate tennis club

Our first Tennis & Social event at Highgate Tennis Club!

On Sunday 14th August, 14 Metro players went to Highgate Tennis Club for a great
afternoon of tennis followed by a social.

Having picked one of the year’s hottest days at 34 degrees, the four tennis courts were set for Metro players. Coach Joe Lake delivered the session involving coaching and some friendly singles and doubles matches.


Photos from the Tennis & Social event are below!

After 3 hours of tennis, supported by a group of 10 wonderful volunteers, everyone went into the clubhouse for a meal and drinks.

It was a brilliant afternoon. Thank you to Linda and Alan Almond for all their help, along with the rest of the team at Highgate Tennis Club.  Bring on the next tennis social!

Report by Lucy Simper


Congratulations to all of those who took part.

A special thanks to the volunteers 🙏 who came along. Metro couldn’t have done it without you.



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Report: Metro Tennis Tournament 2022!

Photo of Metro Tennis Tournament Trophy Winners - 3 April 2022

Metro Blind Sport Tennis Tournament 2022

The annual Metro Blind Sport Tennis Tournament took place on Sunday, 3 April, at Islington Tennis Centre.

Twelve B2-B5 players were split into mixed doubles pairings. We had players from across South England attend and a pair who had made the journey from Milan, Italy.

The tennis began with each pair playing against each other in a box. The format was one full tennis set to 6, with a tiebreak at 6-6.

The quality of tennis was excellent, with some very close matches going down to tiebreaks.

After a fantastic day of tennis, it came to the results.

In second place, we had Anil Kanani and Helen Potter, who were pipped at the post by Ewan Hayward and Maja Vojnovic.  The pair who won all their matches were our international pair, Davide Viglianti and Federivo Lazzari.


Congratulations to all of those who took part.

A special thanks to the volunteers who came along. Metro couldn’t have done it without you.

Keep your eyes peeled for the next Metro Blind Sport Tennis Tournament, which will take place in February 2023.

Report by Lucy Simper



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By My Side Report!

RNIB: The By My Side Report

By My Side Report from Guide Dogs

People who are blind and partially sighted are being shut out of society, but members of the public could help end this isolation if they understood more about everyday life with sight loss, according to research released by the charity Guide Dogs.

The new report, called ‘By My Side’, reveals that over two fifths (42%) of people with sight loss feel they are ‘left out’ of everyday moments that others might take for granted, such as socialising, dating, family life or work. This feeling of isolation is compounded as six in ten blind or VI (vision impaired) people believe that society has ‘little understanding’ of the challenges they face in their daily lives.

By My Side’ shares insights from the VI community – currently two million people in the UK* – asking about experiences of their local communities, family life, parenting, love and friendships.

Guide Dogs’ report also reveals:

  • Nearly six in ten (58%) of blind and partially sighted people feel socially isolated.
  • Over two-thirds (69%) suggest more people could be trained as sighted guides.
  • People with sight loss say travel is their biggest challenge in daily life.
  • Over a quarter (27%) of people with vision impairments say they feel left out from socialising with friends, leaving them feeling on the side lines of life. This finding is particularly acute among women.
  • Over a fifth (23%) say they feel left out of work or education.
  • Over a quarter of people with sight loss (27%) feel they have been left out of milestone moments such as births or marriages.

Guide Dogs says the time to initiate change is now – most of the public (57%) do want to understand more about life with sight loss, but one in five (23%) would not be comfortable offering help.

To create greater understanding, Guide Dogs is calling on people to sign up to My Guide, a guiding service that matches trained sighted volunteers to people with sight loss who need support getting out and about.

The Guide Dogs ‘By My Side’ report can be viewed in full here. People can find out more about how they can become a My Guide online at https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/services-we-provide/my-guide/

To improve public understanding of life with sight loss, Guide Dogs is launching a new podcast series, ‘I See What You’re Saying’ hosted by famous faces including Alex Jones, Adrian Chiles, Sophie Thompson and Jeff Brazier.

Each episode of this four-part series includes inspirational guests talking about how sight loss impacts their Family; Friendships; Love life and Parenting – sharing the ups, the downs and the funny moments in between.

Listen to Guide Dogs’ new series “I See What You’re Saying” on your favourite podcast app soon.

© Guide Dogs, March 2019


“Small Changes, Big Difference” calls for improved activity opportunities for VI women

New report “Small Changes, Big Difference”  calls for change to improve activity opportunities for visually impaired women

Findings published in a new report today (Monday 17 October) by leading national charities, Women in Sport and British Blind Sport, highlight a need for providers to improve their activity offers for blind and partially sighted women.

The report titled – Small Changes, Big Difference, is the first of its kind to explore how sport and physical activity affects the lives of visually impaired women. It looks in depth at their motivations and barriers to becoming more active, and the specific challenges visually impaired women can face when accessing sporting opportunities.

Sport England’s Active People Survey 10, 2016 confirms that 1.6 million fewer women than men currently take part in sport or physical activity once a week. This gender participation gap is also true for visually impaired women. Only 9.3 per cent of women with a visual impairment are active once a week for 30 minutes or more, compared to 11.7 per cent of visually impaired men.

Women in Sport and British Blind Sport are keen to use this new insight and work in partnership with providers to help increase participation of visually impaired women in sport and physical activity.

The report sets out five clear recommendations for providers about how they can better engage with visually impaired women and encourage them to be more active. By making small changes to their service offers, providers can make a big difference to the lives of visually impaired women.

Five recommendations for sport and leisure providers are:

 Signpost in innovative ways – use a range of communications methods and platforms already being accessed by the visually impaired community and ensure sources of information are kept up to date.

  1. Small changes make a big difference – make small amendments to existing processes and offers. This will enable more visually impaired women to enjoy the benefits of being active. Be prepared to accommodate for additional needs.
  2. Don’t hide behind the rules – Engage in conversation with visually impaired women about their capabilities and potential risks involved. Provide training and resources for frontline staff so they can make accurate assessments of an individual’s abilities.
  3. Empower women to come back – Provide a positive first experience. A good induction programme or tour of the facilities can help visually impaired women overcome confidence issues and safety concerns, and encourage them to return.
  4. Take a personalised approach – Get to know your customers as individuals with different circumstances and lifestyles, rather than someone who is simply blind or partially sighted. Position activities to appeal to the core values of women.

To download and read Small Changes, Big Difference report in full, please click here.

Talking about the importance of this research, Alaina MacGregor, Chief Executive of British Blind Sport said:

“To be able to understand how to help visually impaired women live more active and healthy lives, it’s imperative that firstly we understand their barriers and perceptions around sport and recreation.

“With this information to hand we can go on to provide practical advice and guidance. British Blind Sport is delighted to have partnered with Women in Sport on this valuable research, which will enable us to assist a wide range of partners including national governing bodies of sport to make small changes that will make a big difference to lives of women that we support.”

Ruth Holdaway, Chief Executive of Women in Sport added:

“We know from our previous research – Understanding Women’s Lives – that by being better aligned with the values in women’s lives, sport providers will be better positioned to engage women and girls to take part. This research delves deeper into our understanding by focusing on this specific group of women.

“Through this new research we have learnt about the important similarities and differences in the barriers and motivators affecting visually impaired women when it comes to playing sport and being physically active.

“In many cases, we have learnt that small changes can make a big difference, so we hope that sport providers will now start making some of these small changes to have a big and positive impact for visually impaired women.”

Small Changes, Big Difference recommends easy to implement, insight-led changes for activity providers. These small changes can have a profound and positive impact of the lives of visually impaired women, empowering them to be more active and enjoy the benefits of sport.

To download and read Small Changes, Big Difference report in full, please click here.