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News & Events Update – 14 April

Metro Blind Sport logo with a blue tinted spotlight behind it and a faded image of of a bowler bowling outside on the green at the Paddington sports club and the text saying Wednesday 14 April Weekly Events & News Update!

News & Events Update

The good news is that leisure centres and gyms have reopened this week. It means that Metro Blind Sport members and friends can get back to more activity.

I wanted to highlight that our partners and we have coronavirus safety measures in place with all activities. Gyms, pools, and leisure centres proved they were safe after the first reopening. The sector worked closely with the Government to develop the guidance for reopening. Leisure facilities have followed strict government guidance, ensuring social distancing among staff and customers, proper ventilation throughout, and comprehensive cleaning protocols.

This helped to ensure employees and the public that their gym, leisure centre or fitness class is a safe place to work in and a safe place to work out. There has been a very low prevalence of the virus in leisure facilities. From a Metro Blind Sport perspective, we work with facilities and partners to supplement their safety measures with our arrangements. We must return to activity in a safe and controlled manner.

We are delivering five activities this week. Please find out what is available and please get in contact if you need more details.

 

Tennis

It is the first week returning to tennis, and we have a good number of members registered to play on both nights. We have a few spaces left on Wednesday and Friday, so please book in using the links below. Newcomers are very much welcome to come along and try tennis.

14 April 2021 6 pm – 8 pm
https://tinyurl.com/BTennis14April

16 April 2021 – 6 pm – 8 pm
https://tinyurl.com/VITennis16April

If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Bowls

Bowls returns to play this week for the first time since December at Paddington Sports Club. Our first session is on Thursday at 3 pm.

Again, newcomers are very much welcome to come along and try bowls. We look forward to welcoming our regular bowlers back to the green, and please register your attendance with Charlie. If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Cricket

Another one of our regular sports returned on Tuesday evening. Our cricketers took part in a training session and a net session at Highgate Woods. These sessions will be continuing every Tuesday at 5 pm.
We are always happy to welcome enthusiastic new players, so if you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions, please contact our Sports Lead for cricket, Rory Field rory.field74@gmail.com  07742 323224 or contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Football

The football sessions back at the Score Centre have been at capacity for the last three weeks, so please book early to avoid disappointment.The sessions are a mixture of training and game time, and feedback from those attending has been brilliant.

The sessions for partially sighted players are occurring every Tuesday evening from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm. Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance. If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Ride Side-by-Side with Bikeworks and Metro Blind Sport

These sessions have been going from strength to strength, and we have been welcoming new people along to West London every week. If you would like to join a session, then please get in contact with Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

We have sessions that will be running every week, and we would love to welcome you along. You can book in for one session or a series of sessions, and the great news is, the sessions are all free! The sessions in April and May will be on the following days:

  • Tuesday 20  April
  • Wednesday 21 April
  • Tuesday 27 April
  • Wednesday 28 April
  • Tuesday 4  May
  • Wednesday 5  May
  • Tuesday 11  May
  • Wednesday 12  May
  • Tuesday 18  May
  • Wednesday 19  May
  • Tuesday 25  May
  • Wednesday 26  May

There will be two time slots available for you to choose from on each of the days. Session 1 is from 9.30 am until 11 am, and session 2 is from 11.30 am until 1 pm.

If you would like to join one of the sessions above, then please get in contact with Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

Due to the popularity, Bikeworks are looking to arrange sessions in East London. If there are Metro Blind Sport members living in the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham or Waltham Forest who are interested in riding on the side-by-side cycle, please contact Nikki Ray from Bikeworks Nikki.Ray@bikeworks.org.uk 07833 757954, and she will see if it’s possible to set up a group ride.

Ideally, a group ride around Olympic Park would be a really cool, off-road experience for our members. Individual rides may also be available, so please contact Nikki.

 

Shape up with Spurs

Sessions continue on Zoom on Wednesday’s at 2 pm. If you wish to register interest or find out more, please contact: Adam Millar  07392091327 Adam.millar@tottenhamhotspur.com

 

Sense

Sense Active offer a range of inclusive sport and physical activities. They work with experienced instructors and providers who aim to make each session enjoyable, accessible, inclusive and fun. Please contact for booking sense.active@sense.org.uk,
Link to activities: https://tinyurl.com/SenseOnline

 

Other Sports

Now that the leisure facilities are back open, we will be working hard with our partners to get our other activities back. Keep reading the newsletters and following us on social media for all the latest news about swimming restarting, a new climbing programme and a new multisport club in the coming months.

 

Volunteers

Metro Blind Sport would not be able to do the things that we deliver without our volunteers’ fantastic support. If you have a family member or friends who would be keen to get involved and volunteer with Metro Blind Sport, please ask them to contact Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

Volunteering can come in many forms, from helping people play sports or helping people travel to activities or promote our activities. We welcome all the help we can get, so please encourage friends to get in touch.

 

News

Sport for Confidence

Sport for Confidence can’t help but have a Spring in their step with restrictions easing and a clearer pathway to full face-to-face delivery back on the cards. For now, they’re still operating a complete programme of Stay Connected Zoom activity sessions. Click the links below to find out more and get involved!

What is stay connected all about? PDF link below.
https://tinyurl.com/StayConnectedBriefing

View the Stay Connected timetable & get involved! PDF link below.
https://tinyurl.com/StayCTimetable

 

VICTA Access Escape

Get together with five friends, form a team, give yourselves a cool name and enter the world of Access Escape! Their online escape game ‘Witches, Wizards and Wands’ has been designed with vision impairments in mind to make it accessible fun for all.

If you are over 18 years and have a vision impairment, you and your team can take advantage of the 20% discount code provided, especially for VICTA! Email VICTA at activities@victa.org.uk if you would like to book your team in, and they will send you the code.
You can find out more about Access Escape and the games they run here: https://www.accessescape.com/

 

Polrunny Farm Holiday Cottages

One of our members has set up a holiday cottage business in Cornwall. The farm is ideal for Guide dog users, walkers and cyclists as a base. Click on the links for more details.
https://polrunnyfarm.com/home
https://polrunnyfarm.com/sloe-cottage

 

Online Yoga

Claire Miller has started her own business delivering online yoga sessions. Claire delivered a series of free sessions for Metro Blind Sport last year and this year, and now she has a website.

Please take the time to find out what Yoga classes Claire has to offer. For example, on Tuesdays at 10.30 am on Zoom. There is an online visually impaired & blind yoga class. www.clairemilleryoga.co.uk

 

LTA Youth: Instilling confidence on and off the court with launch of new junior programme for tennis

The LTA is paving the way for a new generation to pick up a racket and play. LTA Youth is a unique and innovative junior programme aimed at kids aged 4-18, created to help more children enjoy the benefits of playing and staying in tennis, whatever their age, gender, ability, disability or background.

The programme is a significant step-change for children’s tennis in Britain, providing kids fun, action-packed sessions with a range of activities designed to help them develop life skills, on and off the court. To make it easier for kids who have never played tennis before, there is a dedicated tennis taster course called LTA Youth Start.

LTA Youth:  https://tinyurl.com/LTAYouth
LTA Youth Start: https://tinyurl.com/LTAYouthStart

 

The FA – Football Your Way

The FA are currently creating Football Your Way, a new online hub, and it is in production.

The hub will be dedicated to giving disabled players the guidance, motivation and inspiration they need to stay active and connected whilst preparing players for their journey back to the pitch. The FA have created a short survey to help them ensure the hub meets all players’ needs. The FA would like responses to arrive no later than 10 am Monday 19 April.

The link for the survey is https://tinyurl.com/FAHubSurvey

 

Girls Football

Are you looking for a fun way for girls 5-11 to get involved with football? Then look no further! Weetabix Wildcats is the place to be; everyone is super awesome, from the friends you’ll meet to The FA qualified coaches and volunteers who deliver the sessions.
So, what is Weetabix Wildcats? Well, it’s non-competitive football for girls who want to give it a go for the very first time or want to play with other girls their age. Find out more here: https://tinyurl.com/FAWildcats

 

Vacancy: Assistant Producer – In Touch, BBC Audio North

The BBC are currently advertising for an Assistant Producer for their In Touch –    Radio 4’s weekly programme.

They are particularly interested in visually impaired candidates or have experience and a deep understanding of the blind and visually impaired community. They are hosting an event to discuss the department and role; for more details, please contact Victoria Caddens victoria.caddens@bbc.co.uk

 

Thomas Pocklington Trust Student Support Service

Thomas Pocklington Trust knows that the lead up to exams can be a stressful time and never more so than during Covid-19. That is why Thomas Pocklington Trust’s Student Support Service have developed guidance for universities and exam providers to ensure that their online exam systems are accessible for blind and partially sighted students. Link: https://tinyurl.com/GUIDEUni

They are also hosting a webinar with Look UK for students on all things exam related. An impressive panel of students and professionals will be on hand to talk through, check that online exams are accessible, and share top tips on revision strategies. If you’re about to sit exams, then this is not to be missed! https://tinyurl.com/AllThingsExams

 

John Amaechi Interview

John Amaechi,  Vice President at Activity Alliance and a respected organisational psychologist and Founder of APS, spent time with Activity Alliance Marketing and Communications Manager Sarah Brown-Fraser, to discuss the psychological effects of the pandemic and lockdown restrictions.

https://tinyurl.com/AmaechiInterview

 

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

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News & Events Update – 7 April 2021

Weekly Update 7 April 2021 from Metro Blind Sport

News & Events Update

Activity started last week, and we have more starting next week, so please take a little time to read the information below and get booked on to a session.

 

Football

The football sessions back at the Score Centre have been very popular for the last two weeks so please book early to avoid disappointment.

The sessions for partially sighted players are occurring every Tuesday evening from 6.30pm until 8.30pm. Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance.

If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindpsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Tennis

Calling all tennis players, the sessions start again next week on Wednesday the 14th and Friday the 16th of April. These sessions are at their usual times from 6pm – 8pm.

It is essential to know numbers in advance of who is coming, so please visit the Metro Blind Sport website and book sessions. Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance. Booking links for the first two sessions can be found by clicking on the below:

If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindpsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Ride Side-by-Side with Bikeworks and Metro Blind Sport

 The feedback from these sessions have been great. If you would like to join a session, then please get in contact with Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

We have sessions that will be running every week and we would love to welcome you along. The session in April will be on the following days:

  • Tuesday 13 April
  • Wednesday 14 April
  • Tuesday 20 April
  • Wednesday 21 April
  • Tuesday 27 April
  • Wednesday 28 April

There will be two time slots available for you to choose from on each of the days. Session 1 is from 9.30 am until 11 am, and session 2 is from 11.30 am until 1 pm.

Metro member comment:

‘ Thank you and Metro, Bike Works and particularly Richard for a wonderful bike ride earlier today. The weather was perfect, and we thoroughly enjoyed being on the bike outdoors. This was our first ride on the adapted bike, and we look forward too many more such rides during the summer. ‘  

 

Cricket

We are finalising our arrangements for cricket training this year. Would you like to play cricket? We are always happy to welcome enthusiastic new players, so if you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions then please contact Hassan Khan at the Metro Devils h.khan25@googlemail.com 07792 004838 or contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindpsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Shape up with Spurs

Sessions continue on Zoom on Wednesday’s at 2 pm. If you wish to register interest or find out more, please contact: Adam Millar  07392091327 Adam.millar@tottenhamhotspur.com

 

British Blind Sport

Along with their inclusive coaches, British Blind Sport have developed audio-led workouts, covering a wide range of activities such as Yoga, Pilates, HIIT, Boxercise and Strength Training as part of their Active at Home Programme.

Find out all of the details of the live session by clicking here https://britishblindsport.org.uk/the-active-at-home-programme/

 

Sense

Sense Active offer a range of inclusive sport and physical activities. They work with experienced instructors and providers who aim to make each session enjoyable, accessible, inclusive and fun. Please contact for booking sense.active@sense.org.uk, but a link to the activities can be found here.
https://tinyurl.com/SenseOnline

 

RSBC Activity Programme Easter 2021

RSBC have a packed online Easter Activity programme, including various arts, crafts and sport opportunities. These are free virtual events for vision impaired young people. To find our more click here  https://www.rsbc.org.uk/calendar-of-activities  Sign up to RSBC activities by emailing RSBC at connections@rsbc.org.uk or phone on 020 3198 0225 to get involved.

 

Day Activities for Families – Bendrigg Trust

Dates available from 22 May – 6 June

Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Foundation, Bendrigg are able to offer several Day Activities for disabled people and their families/support bubble from any location.

Day activities will run from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm and could include a selection of activities such as canoeing, cycling, sensory room, archery, zip wire, orienteering, sensory swing and tube slide.

Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Foundation, Bendrigg are able to offer several Day Activities for disabled people and their families/support bubble from any location.

Each booking is for one group of up to 12 people from up to 2 households. At least one member of your group (adult or child) will have a disability.

Thanks to funding we are able to offer these day activities for £134 per day. A subsidy of £250 is allocated per family/bubble to make this service affordable for all. However, if you are able to afford the full cost yourself (£384) please let us know so that we can reallocate the funding to another family who needs

Please contact us directly on 01539 723766 to find out more information.

 

Managing sight loss – Assistive Technology drop in with London Vision

Every Friday from 9 April    1 pm -2 pm

There’s no script, no plan just drop in and chat to Graham, Thomas Pocklington Trusts technology advisor about anything technological, talking microwaves, watches, TV, phones, Computers or Tablets.  If we can’t answer your question, we’ll try and point you in the right direction.

For more information  info@londonvision.org

 

News

Disability Right UK research: disabled people’s experiences of cycling

Disability Rights UK, along with Wheels for Wellbeing and Professor Brett Smith from Durham University, is supporting CFE Research with their research project into disabled people’s experiences of cycling. CFE Research is particularly keen to hear the views of disabled people who currently don’t cycle but would like to. 

To register your interest in participating, please visit https://bit.ly/3cGvDdd and complete the online form. If you are selected to take part (a short interview by video, telephone, email or any format you prefer), you will be sent a £20 high street shopping voucher to thank you for your time.

Find out more about the research in this PDF:    https://tinyurl.com/vk7rmwt8

Easy Read version https://tinyurl.com/h9sc6kyh

 

STRiVE: Focused on the positives!

The latest issue of the STRiVE newsletter is out! This time the Young VICTA Ambassador group, have decided to explore the theme of lockdown, but rather than put a negative slant on the last year, we wanted to do the opposite and focus on the positives that have come out of it. Read the e-magazine here: http://blindsport.uk/Strive4

 

RNIB Connect: A Year in Lockdown, Martin Symcox!

“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…”
Podcast Link: http://blindsport.uk/MetroLockdown

 

Facebook

Our numbers are growing on the Metro Blind Sport Facebook page.
We encourage you to get involved with our new Facebook page, perhaps sharing your results of the weekly challenge with us!  Latest exercise challenge Ball Throw link here: https://youtu.be/aq3v9BOU3D8 Or by sharing any other activity that you might be doing.

To visit the Facebook page, please follow the link below. https://www.facebook.com/metroblindsport

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

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News & Events Update – 31 March 2021

Weekly Update from Metro Blind Sport 31 March

News & Events Update

It is good to share the positive news that some of our activity has restarted, and more is on the way.

Football

Yesterday evening our football training sessions returned at the Score Centre in Leyton. These sessions will now continue every week from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm.

We will be following the same safety protocols as last year. It is essential to know numbers in advance of who is coming, so please visit the Metro Blind Sport website and book sessions to gain the relevant information needed for track and trace purposes.

Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance. The session was at capacity last night, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie
charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

Please read further details about the return to play for Football below.

Football Arrangements

Tennis

I mentioned last week that tennis was returning on Wednesday the 14th and Friday 16 April. These sessions are now confirmed from 6 pm – 8 pm, as are sessions every other week in the future at the same time.

We will be following the same safety protocols as last year. It is essential to know numbers in advance of who is coming, so please visit the Metro Blind Sport website and book sessions to gain the relevant information needed for track and trace purposes.

Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance. Booking links below:

14 April 2021: https://tinyurl.com/BTennis14April
16 April 2021: https://tinyurl.com/VITennis16April

Please read further details about the return to play for tennis below.

Download – Word: Tennis Arrangements

If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

Ride Side-by-Side with Bikeworks and Metro Blind Sport

We started these new sessions yesterday, and we are out on the bike again this morning in glorious weather for the start of this exciting new project. We are fully booked for this first week, but we have spaces throughout April.

We have sessions that will be running every week, so please do get in contact if you want to attend sessions in April. We would love to welcome you along. They will be on the following days:

  • Tuesday 6 April
  • Wednesday 7 April
  • Tuesday 13 April
  • Wednesday 14 April
  • Tuesday 20 April
  • Wednesday 21 April
  • Tuesday 27 April
  • Wednesday 28 April

There will be two time slots available on each of the days. Session 1 is from 9.30 am until 11 am, and session 2 is from 11.30 am until 1 pm. If you are keen to come along to one or more of the sessions, please email Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

The Disability Sports Coach Virtual Activity Programme Easter 2021

This is the Anniversary of the launch of Disability Sport Coach at Home and will be a week of celebration and reflection and looking forward. The programme they run from Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17 April on Zoom will include dance, basketball, circus skills and baking, to name a few activities. It is free for all disabled people.

Please register here:  http://blindsport.uk/1YearOn via Eventbrite. On registration, you will receive your zoom code. This code will provide entry for all sessions during the week.

Dance Dosti

Did you see our latest news last week about an exciting new Dance project? Metro Blind Sport, in partnership with inclusive dance company Step Change Studios and British Blind Sport, will launch a new inclusive dance project, thanks to a grant from the Vision Foundation of nearly £44,000.
The ‘Dance Dosti’ project will engage blind and partially sighted young people and adults from the Asian community to be active through dance.
Read the full press release here: http://blindsport.uk/DanceD

Cricket

Following the ECB Roadmap for Return to Cricket and having analysed the Government’s Roadmap for the easing of lockdown. Blind Cricket England and Wales (BCEW) have decided that the 2021 Blind Cricket season will not start until the week beginning Monday 17 May.

Prior to 17 May, clubs are free to hold training sessions outdoors and may play local friendly matches outdoors. Metro Blind Sport will be seeking to arrange training and friendlies during this time. More details about the season will be released when we have them.

Would you like to play cricket? We are always happy to welcome enthusiastic new players, so if you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions, please contact Hassan Khan at the Metro Devils h.khan25@googlemail.com 07792 004838 or contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

Shape up with Spurs

Sessions continue on Zoom on Wednesday’s at 2 pm. If you wish to register interest or find out more, please contact: Adam Millar  07392091327 Adam.millar@tottenhamhotspur.com

British Blind Sport

Along with their inclusive coaches, British Blind Sport have developed audio-led workouts, covering a wide range of activities such as Yoga, Pilates, HIIT, Boxercise and Strength Training as part of their Active at Home Programme.

Find out all of the details of the live session by clicking here https://britishblindsport.org.uk/the-active-at-home-programme/

Sense

Sense Active offer a range of inclusive sport and physical activities. They work with experienced instructors and providers who aim to make each session enjoyable, accessible, inclusive and fun. Please contact for booking sense.active@sense.org.uk, a link to the activities can be found here. https://tinyurl.com/SenseOnline

News

Sense Inclusive Art Club

Award-winning artist Tanya Raabe Webber is starting a new fortnightly arts group at Sense between 16 April and 25 June 2021.

If you are an art maker wishing to develop your skills, meet new people and extend your practice, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Led by Tanya, you’ll explore different ideas and techniques with an emphasis on developing work in your own time. No experience is necessary, but a passion for art is essential!
This opportunity is open to everyone Sense supports (ages 16+), free to join, and art materials will be sent out to your home.

For more info or to book a place, please email olivia.thiessen@sense.org.uk by Thursday, 1 April 2021 (deadline extended!).

Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet is delighted to share the news that they have created some audio described films for the first time. This is a pilot to creating further films and increasing their offer. There are two short films which you can find by using the link to the webpage here https://northernballet.com/digital-dance/audio-described-films.

Greater Manchester Sight Loss Council

On Wednesday 14 April (17:00-18:30) the Greater Manchester Sight Loss Council will be hosting a VI forum focusing on the benefits of sport and the arts.

Attendees will hear presentations from our expert panel and will be able to ask questions. There will also be a live poetry reading from award-winning poet Dave Steele and a low intensity breathing and chair yoga session from Claire Miller.

The panel

  • Paralympic world champion and food blogger Laura Fachie MBE
  • Actor and director Elizabeth Roney
  • Blind coach Sheraz Chohan
  • Performing arts graduate Ada Eravama

You can register your place here: https://tinyurl.com/CreativelyActive

London Vision

The London Vision team has produced their monthly London Scene newsletter, which informs people with sight loss about accessible activities and events happening around London, including local society events.

April’s newsletter is full of information so have a read here https://www.londonvision.org/Pages/Events/Category/all-events

Merton Sports and Social Club

Merton Sports and Social Club sent out their newsletter this week. It was full of opportunities and information, including information about when they hope to return to their fortnightly tandem rides. As things stand, they hope to start rides for couples and household bubbles from Saturday, 17 April. The first ride, open to all members, will be on Saturday 22 May. To register interest, please email cycling@mssc.org.uk and for further club news, visit http://www.mssc.org.uk/

Metro Blind Sport reaches the USA

Our sport lead for tennis, Odette Battarel, shared a website link for the “Focus” website which is a resource provided by a cooperative effort between the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) and the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS). It was amazing to find that there was a link to our Yoga videos on there. I have included the link here as there are links to other activities as well
https://www.focusonvisionandvisionloss.org/leisure-and-learning-at-home.html.

Facebook

Our numbers are growing on the Metro Blind Sport Facebook page. We encourage you to get involved with our new Facebook page, perhaps sharing your weekly challenge results!

The link below is to the latest exercise challenge Rolling Press-ups with Mark: https://youtu.be/84EMKt9vt5k or by sharing any other activity that you might be doing.

To visit the Facebook page, please follow the link below. https://www.facebook.com/metroblindsport

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

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News & Events Update – 24 March 2021

Metro Blind Sport logo with a blue tinted spotlight behind it and a faded image of Martin Symcox and Rainbow Mbuangi over a photo of the house of Lords and the text saying Wednesday 24 March Weekly Events & News Update!

News & Events Update

This week we have more good news about activity resuming. It is great to share the positive information, and let’s hope this will continue.

Tennis

Tennis is coming back! Due to the exemption for disability sport announced last week for indoor activity, we can get back to sessions from Wednesday 14th and Friday 16th April, subject to the Government rubber-stamping the exemption. Islington Tennis Centre have provisionally booked us in. As soon as everything is confirmed, we will let members know.

Football

We are pleased to say that the football sessions at the Score Centre will be resuming shortly for the same exemption reasons. They will commence in April, and we are just finalising arrangements with the facility. As soon as the details are agreed upon, we will share the information with members.

 

Ride Side-by-Side with Bikeworks and Metro Blind Sport

Just a reminder for everyone, we start these sessions next week, and these are fully booked, which is excellent news.We have sessions running every week, so please do get in contact if you want to attend sessions in April. They will be on the following days:

  • Tuesday 6th April
  • Wednesday 7th April
  • Tuesday 13th April
  • Wednesday 14th April
  • Tuesday 20th April
  • Wednesday 21st April
  • Tuesday 27th April
  • Wednesday 28th April

There will be two time slots available on each of the days. Session 1 is from 9.30 am until 11 am, and session 2 is from 11.30 am until 1 pm.

If you are keen to come along to one or more of the sessions, then please email Martin. martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org

 

Audio Described Breathwork Practice with Claire Miller

Claire Miller is back doing some work for us, and this time we have shared an audio described de-stressing video. A perfect way to de-stress in only 10 minutes. Use it to get away from the screen and make well-being part of your day! Your mind and your eyes will thank you! Breathwork practice helps release mental, physical, and emotional stress and creates feelings of openness, peace, gratitude, clarity, communication, and connection.

Access the session here: https://youtu.be/CGqzDlB6SLA

 

Bowls

Last week we mentioned the bowls sessions starting at Paddington Bowls Centre after 12th April for outdoor bowls. Due to the recent changes, we may secure some indoor bowling, and we are investigating options now.

Thanks to Sport England funding, we have secured several memberships to the bowls centre so that playing is free of charge. We will keep the bowls players updated on the details of reopening when we get further information.

If new players would be keen to try bowls, then please get in touch with Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org, and we can invite you along for a game.

 

Shape up with Spurs

Sessions continue on Zoom on Wednesday’s at 2 pm. If you wish to register interest or find out more, please contact:

Adam Millar  07392091327 Adam.millar@tottenhamhotspur.com

 

British Blind Sport

 Along with their inclusive coaches, British Blind Sport have developed audio-led workouts, covering a wide range of activities such as Yoga, Pilates, HIIT, Boxercise and Strength Training as part of their Active at Home Programme.

Find out all of the details of the live session by clicking herehttps://britishblindsport.org.uk/the-active-at-home-programme/

  

Sense

Sense Active offer a range of inclusive sport and physical activities. They work with experienced instructors and providers who aim to make each session enjoyable, accessible, inclusive and fun. Please contact for booking sense.active@sense.org.uk, but a link to the activities can be found here.

https://tinyurl.com/SenseOnline

 

Walking Programme

We have had a good response from people interested in taking part in our walks in London parks. We are continuing to make the necessary arrangements, but in the meantime, if you might want to join us, then please email martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org to register your interest.

 

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Metro at the House of Lords!

 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.

 

Facebook

Our numbers are growing on the Metro Blind Sport Facebook page. We encourage you to get involved with our new Facebook page, perhaps sharing your results of the weekly challenge with us, link below or sharing any other activity that you might be doing.

This weeks exercise challenge is ” How many Ball Taps can you do in the 30 Seconds?” Described & demonstrated by inclusive sports coach Mark Bullock!  Link: https://youtu.be/f09jzs2yaUo

To visit the Facebook page, please follow this link and give us a follow and a like. https://www.facebook.com/metroblindsport

 

Lawrence Gunther Podcast

Lawrence is a visually impaired blogger in Canada. Join Lawrence for the latest outdoor lifestyle news, environmental issues, outdoor tech reviews, and tips on exploring the outdoors with a guide dog.

http://blindsport.uk/OutdoorLG

 

 An online workshop for better access to outdoor activities

The researchers at University College London need help to understand better the outdoor activities of interest to blind and partially sighted people.

They are running an online workshop to explore ways to improve access to outdoor spaces and activities for the blind community in east London. They welcome blind and partially sighted people interested in sharing their experience and explore the challenges of accessing outdoor activities. The workshop will co-create ideas of technologies, resources and design outdoor leisure, sports, arts, and cultural activities for the disabled community in east London and beyond.

This workshop will be run online over Microsoft Teams on 1st April 2021 and will last approximately 3 hours. There will be multiple facilitators to support equal participation during the workshop. Once registered, participants will be invited to take a short screening survey before the workshop. Participants will be compensated £40 for their time.

This workshop is part of Maryam Bandukda’s PhD research at University College London Interaction Centre and Global Disability Innovation Hub. Maryam’s research explores open space engagement of blind and partially sighted people (details on http://maryambandukda.net).

Full details here: https://tinyurl.com/m5m7r6ky

Who can participate in this study?

The ideal participants for this workshop are:

  • people who are blind or partially sighted by birth or have lost sight later in life
  • age 18 and above residents Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest
  • familiar with online meeting platform Microsoft Teams (optional)

 

 

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News & Online Event Update – 17 March 2021

Weekly online event and news Update 17 March 2021

News & Online Event Update

Please find below information that can help you stay active at home and news about when some of our activities are resuming.

 

Ride Side-by-Side with Bikeworks and Metro Blind Sport

We are nearly fully booked for the Ride Side-by-Side cycling programme that we have organised with Bikeworks in West London for the 30th and 31st March.

However, we have sessions that will be running every week so please do get in contact if you want to attend. Sessions in April will be on the following days:

  • Tuesday 6th April
  • Wednesday 7th April
  • Tuesday 13th April
  • Wednesday 14th April
  • Tuesday 20th April
  • Wednesday 21st April
  • Tuesday 27th April
  • Wednesday 28th April

There will be two time slots available on each of the days, session 1 is from 9.30 am until 11 am and session 2 is from 11.30 am until 1 pm.

If you are a resident within the boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and the east of Ealing then the Bikeworks pilot may come and collect you on the cycle from your home and drop you back again. For those who want to take part from outside these areas then the cycle will arrange to collect and return you to Latimer Road tube station.

Thank you to the generosity of The Edward Gostling Foundation this project is fully funded and is free to those who attend the cycling sessions.

If you are keen to come along to one or more of the sessions then please email Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.  We will then connect you to Bikeworks in the coming days.

 

Wheels 4 Me

During last year’s lockdown, options for Disabled people to enjoy healthy exercise outdoors were not equal to those for non-Disabled people. In fact, Disabled people were far more likely to be experiencing isolation and lacking opportunities to be active in fresh outdoor air.

When the regular Wheels 4 Wellbeing cycling sessions in south London were paused, they were able to loan a handful of cycles to individuals. From feedback and observation, Wheels 4 Wellbeing saw that a cycle hire for people to take non-standard cycles away to ride on their own terms, for fitness, to try commuting, to join family activities, or any other regular reason to cycle, would potentially make a real difference to individuals – whether in lockdown or out of it.

Excitingly, Sport England agreed and gave Wheels 4 Wellbeing some funding… and a few months later, they are ready to roll with their pilot scheme.

Find out more details and potentially how you could get involved Link: https://tinyurl.com/Wheel4Me

 

Bowls

Metro is excited about starting our new bowls sessions at Paddington Bowls Centre. The centre has informed us that they will be opening after the 12th of April for outdoor bowls. Metro Blind Sport, with thanks to Sport England funding, has secured several memberships to the bowls centre so that playing is free of charge.

We will keep the bowls players updated on the details of reopening when we get further information. If new players would be keen to try bowls then please get in touch with Charlie: charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org and we can invite you along for a game.

 

Shape up with Spurs

Sessions continue on Zoom on Wednesday’s at 2 pm if you wish to register interest or find out more please contact: Adam Millar  07392091327 Adam.millar@tottenhamhotspur.com

 

British Blind Sport

Along with their inclusive coaches, British Blind Sport have developed audio-led workouts, covering a wide range of activities such as Yoga, Pilates, HIIT, Boxercise and Strength Training as part of their Active at Home Programme.

Find out all of the details of the live session by clicking here https://britishblindsport.org.uk/the-active-at-home-programme/

 

Sense

Sense Active offer a range of inclusive sport and physical activities for people to take part in. They work with experienced instructors and providers who aim to make each session enjoyable, accessible, inclusive and fun Please contact sense.active@sense.org.uk for booking support, link here. https://tinyurl.com/SenseOnline

 

Walking Programme

We have had a good response from people being interested in taking part in our walks in London parks. We are continuing to make the necessary arrangements, but in the meantime, if you might want to join us then please just email Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org to register your interest.

 

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Facebook

Our numbers are growing on the Metro Blind Sport Facebook page. We encourage you to get involved with our new Facebook page, perhaps sharing your results of the weekly challenge with us or sharing any other activity that you might be doing.

To visit the Facebook page please follow this link and give us a follow and a like https://www.facebook.com/metroblindsport

 

Retina UK

The next London local support group meeting is scheduled for Saturday 20 March between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm and will be on the theme ‘technology’. Technology plays a big part in the life of blind or partially sighted person; from cooking, reading, navigation and so much more. New apps and gadgets are being developed and launched all the time and it may be difficult to know exactly what’s out there that could benefit you.

If you have a particular type of technology, app or a theme you would like to hear more about, please do indicate when registering to attend.

If you are interested in attending, please complete the form on their website: www.RetinaUK.org.uk/groups#london or email services@RetinaUK.org.uk and instructions on how to join via your smart device, computer or telephone will be sent to you.

 

Living Paintings

Living Paintings give thousands of blind and partially sighted people the opportunity to borrow our Touch to See books from a free postal library.
Their books are enjoyed at home with family and friends, in schools, or for adults as members of one of their community Touch to See Book Clubs around the country. They have just released their Children’s Impact Report for 2020 which can be read here. https://tinyurl.com/LPaintings

 

Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection is an internationally outstanding collection that contains unsurpassed masterpieces of paintings, sculpture, furniture, arms and armour and porcelain. Built over the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, it is one of the finest and most celebrated collections in the world.

While the Wallace Collection remains closed, they have an upcoming audio-described session that they will be delivering via Zoom on Tuesday 23rd March at 11 am. Details about the session and how to book a place are below:

Spring: Live audio described session

Tuesday 23 March, 11 am-12 pm (via Zoom)
Join Karly Allen to celebrate the arrival of Spring in this live audio-described session (via Zoom), aimed at blind and partially sighted audiences. Find out about The Infant Jupiter with the Nymphs on Mount Ida by Nicholas Berchem and Venus as Spring, a French bronze sculpture, through detailed description with time for questions and conversation.

Places are limited. To book a place please get in touch with Holly at community@wallacecollection.org

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

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