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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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Youth Advisory Panel – Applications Open 25 Sept!

British Blind Sport Youth Advisory Panel - Applications Open - 25 Sept!

British Blind Sport have announced a new Youth Advisory Panel for young people with a  VI, involved in sport and physical activity 🤸 Applications open on September 25th

So get your thinking caps on!

Youth Advisory Panel

British Blind Sport is excited to announce that we will be selecting up to 12 young people with visual impairments and aged 16-25, to become part of a new Youth Advisory Panel.

The Panel, or ‘YAP’, will act as a voice for young visually impaired (VI) people involved in sport in the UK, support BBS with policy and project development and advise on issues relating to young VI people in sport and physical activity.  As this project develops we are hoping that the Panel will also be able to advise and influence a range of sports organisations on how they can best support VI volunteers and participants.

This is a fantastic opportunity to for young VI people to truly be heard and have a positive and long lasting impact on the wider sporting community.

Applications will open from Friday 25th September when a full information pack will be released alongside the application form. For more info, head over to 👉 bit.ly/BBSYAP 

Applications can be fun and innovative to provide you with the opportunity to show us the best version of you!  You can apply through the application form or send us an audio recording or video submission.  The deadline for submissions is Friday 16th October.

Please continue to check this page as new information will be uploaded frequently.

In the meantime, for more information, please contact Tommy@britishblindsport.org.uk or Kian@britishblindsport.org.uk

 

 

Airbnb Inclusive Adapted Experiences!

Airbnb Inclusive Adapted Experiences

Airbnb Inclusive Adapted Experiences Event

On Friday 30th August Metro Blind Sport are working with Airbnb Experiences to help launch their Inclusive Adapted Experiences event which includes two weeks of sport and physical activities to help increase the opportunities for people to access more inclusive activities whilst travelling.

Metro Blind Sport welcomes you to come and take part in two taster sessions, visually impaired football and cricket that will be provided by us for free!

As a reward for coming along, one lucky participant will be entered into a draw for a ticket to attend the evening event at the Shard for a live Jazz concert along with drinks and canapes!

Please register your interest with our Sport Development Officer, Charlie Raven at charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org by no later than Thursday 29th August at 1pm.

Full details of taster sessions are as followed:

  • Venue: Finsbury Leisure Centre, Norman St, London EC1V 3PU
  • ‘Meet and Greet’ available from Old Street Station from 1:30pm.
  • Contact: Please call Charlie Raven on 07956 292 046 for support and guidance.
  • Time: Sessions will begin from 2pm till 4pm.The Shard Jazz event is for the same evening and begins at 7 pm at Airbnb Offices leading to the Shard at 9:30 pm onwards.

 

Airbnb Inclusive Adapted Experiences!

Airbnb Inclusive Adapted Experiences
Venue:
Finsbury Leisure Centre, Norman St, London EC1V 3PU
Time:
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Phone:
07956 292 046
Date:
30th August 2019
Cost:
Free


Airbnb Inclusive Adapted Experiences Event

On Friday 30th August Metro Blind Sport are working with Airbnb Experiences to help launch their Inclusive Adapted Experiences event which includes two weeks of sport and physical activities to help increase the opportunities for people to access more inclusive activities whilst travelling.

Metro Blind Sport welcomes you to come and take part in two taster sessions, visually impaired football and cricket that will be provided by us for free!

As a reward for coming along, one lucky participant will be entered into a draw for a ticket to attend the evening event at the Shard for a live Jazz concert along with drinks and canapes!

Please register your interest with our Sport Development Officer, Charlie Raven at charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org by no later than Thursday 29th August at 1pm.

Full details of taster sessions are as followed:

  • Venue: Finsbury Leisure Centre, Norman St, London EC1V 3PU
  • ‘Meet and Greet’ available from Old Street Station from 1:30pm.
  • Contact: Please call Charlie Raven on 07956 292 046 for support and guidance.
  • Time: Sessions will begin from 2pm till 4pm.

    The Shard Jazz event is for the same evening and begins at 7 pm at Airbnb Offices leading to the Shard at 9:30 pm onwards.

 

Coaching VI People Course!

Coaching People with a Visual Impairment - Total price: £8.99

 “What you need to know about coaching VI people of all ages and abilities”

Targeting all teachers at mainstream schools, colleges and universities, NGB’s, Local authorities, SDO’s, Active partnership, Sport England, UKA, Rehab workers, ECLO’s and the Leisure Industry.

Complete this course and you will feel more confident including people with a visual impairment in your sports and activity sessions.

Packed full of helpful tips, practical solutions and vibrant videos*, the 6 modules will increase your knowledge, assurance and skills to be able to coach people with a visual impairment.

Please note: Members of British Blind Sport can enjoy a 33% discount on this course. To get your discount code, contact British Blind Sport on 01926 424 247 or email info@britishblindsport.org.uk<

All videos come with downloadable manuscripts to illustrate the video in further detail along with audio descriptions where possible.

For more informationhttps://blindsport.uk/VICoaching

In this course you will:

  •  Gain a greater understanding of sight loss and eye conditions
  • Explore practical solutions to barriers to participation and help meet individual needs
  • Explore some of the safety considerations to ensure a fully accessible and inclusive environment for people with a visual impairment.
  • Learn how to make adaptations to specific elements of session planning and delivery using the STEP model
  • Understand how to communicate effectively and guide the individual.
  • Plus, you will be able to print out the UK Coaching and British Blind Sport certificate confirming you have completed the course.

Coaching People with a Visual Impairment – Total price: £8.99

For more information – https://blindsport.uk/VICoaching