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Outdoor VI Bowls – 11 Sept Copy

Outdoor Bowls Ravenscourt Park
Venue:
Ravenscourt Park, Paddenswick Road
Hammersmith, London, W6
Time:
2.00pm - 5.00pm
Phone:
0208 985 6245
Date:
11th September 2019
Cost:
FREE


Metro Weekly Vision Impaired Bowls at Ravenscourt Park!

Why not Learn how to play Outdoor Vision Impaired Bowls, join us, enjoy the sunshine with some new friends!

Dates: Every Wednesday until the middle of September 2019
Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue: Ravenscourt Park, Paddenswick Road, Hammersmith, London, W6
Contact: ericgal@blueyonder.co.uk  or Call 0208 985 6245

If anyone is tempted to join us or just wants to know more about the game. Give Eric a call. We often go out for a meal and a pint or two after play ends, all are welcome, we are always happy to have sighted people along to help.

Bowls for blind and partially sighted people

Visually Impaired Bowls Banner

Bowls is a game which is very suited totally blind and partially sighted players, as only very minor adaptations need to be made. Vision-impaired bowlers can play singles, pairs, triples or in teams of four. There is no reason why vision impaired bowlers can’t play against fully sighted players and they often do. It is a sport for people of all ages.

Although this skilful and fascinating game has been around for centuries, it was not until 1959 that the bowls started rolling for the blind, in Scotland.

Today, we use the ‘clock method’. The ‘marker’, who is stationed beyond the ‘jack’, indicates to those at the mat end, at what angle and distance from the ‘jack’ the bowl has come to rest. The ‘jack’ is the centre of the clock. So, six o’clock would be in front and twelve o’clock behind, with all other positions being relative to the clock. From the information given by the ‘marker’ the player can build up a mental picture of the ‘head’ (area around the jack), knowing exactly the position of each bowl.

The only small concession made to blind players is that a fine white centre string runs under the mat and is fixed at both ends. This is to help the bowler to judge the angle for the amount of green required.

These minor variations enable blind and sighted people to play together as they do not alter in any way the basic game (or the Bowls England rules).

Bowls  & Collection Volunteers

As always, our bowlers could always do with more help from sighted volunteers, if interested, please Contact: ericgal@blueyonder.co.uk – Call 0208 985 6245 or contact  Charlie, our Sports development officer: charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org – call 07956292046. No Prior knowledge of Bowls is needed.

Metro activities

Metro has helped to send many of our bowlers to the tournaments arranged all around England, the UK and abroad, through paying tournament fees; and subsidising accommodation, travel and kit.

On an annual basis, Metro bowlers undertake several collection days at major London mainline stations. These collections have contributed between £5k and £6k to the Metro coffers each year.

From the beginning of May until the end of September we play out-doors on grass, then for the rest of the year we play in-doors on carpet.

Want to know more?

If anyone is tempted to join us or just wants to know more about the game, why not get in touch with Eric Gallacher
ericgal@blueyonder.co.uk

 

Sight Specific Moves – Virtual Dance Course!

Sight Specific Moves - Virtual Dance Course with Rationale Arts!

Sight Specific Moves Dance Course bought to you by Rationale Arts.

Rationale Arts are offering people with a visual impairment aged 16 and over the opportunity to learn to dance virtually via Zoom!

Don’t let covid get you down. Learn cool dance moves that will improve your spatial awareness and emotional wellbeing from the comfort of your own home.

You can listen to the Audio Trailer below.

Music featured in the audio trailer: All that by Bensounds.”

What’s that I hear? You don’t have enough space in your own home to take part? Our sessions are tailor-made to suit each person’s individual access needs. If you have a small space in your living room that’s fine, if you have mobility issues and need to stay seated, we can teach you great dance moves from the comfort of your own chair.

So let’s have some fun and dance our way to happiness and health with Rationale Arts Sight Specific Moves Dance Course.

For more information, please email info@rationalearts.com and put in the heading “Sight Specific Moves” and we’ll get back to you.

We look forward to teaching you some great moves!

 

Kind regards

Nathan

 

 

Sight Specific Moves – Virtual Dance Course!

Sight Specific Moves - Virtual Dance Course with Rationale Arts!

Sight Specific Moves Dance Course bought to you by Rationale Arts.

Rationale Arts are offering people with a visual impairment aged 16 and over the opportunity to learn to dance virtually via Zoom!

Don’t let covid get you down. Learn cool dance moves that will improve your spatial awareness and emotional wellbeing from the comfort of your own home.

You can listen to the Audio Trailer below.

Music featured in the audio trailer: All that by Bensounds.”

What’s that I hear? You don’t have enough space in your own home to take part? Our sessions are tailor-made to suit each person’s individual access needs. If you have a small space in your living room that’s fine, if you have mobility issues and need to stay seated, we can teach you great dance moves from the comfort of your own chair.

So let’s have some fun and dance our way to happiness and health with Rationale Arts Sight Specific Moves Dance Course.

For more information, please email info@rationalearts.com and put in the heading “Sight Specific Moves” and we’ll get back to you.

We look forward to teaching you some great moves!

 

Kind regards

Nathan

 

 

Donate to Metro Blind Sport Reactivating Activity!

Donate to Help Metro Blind Sport Continue after Lockdown is over!

Donate to Metro Blind Sport

Metro Blind Sport – Reactivating Activity

Encouraging blind and partially sighted people to be active once the lockdown measures are relaxed, and some form of social distancing remains, will be dependent on how we can help stimulate activity for our members.

In response to Covid-19 pandemic, Metro Blind Sport have had to cease all activity until such time that the government provide guidance about restarting activity in a safe manner.

Please visit our JustGiving page to donate https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/MBSreactivating

The founders of Metro Blind Sport created the charity for four principle reasons;

  • To create sport PARTICIPATION opportunities for blind and partially sighted people;
  • To share INFORMATION on the sporting opportunities available to blind and partially sighted people;
  • To COMMUNICATE the benefits of sport and physical activity on the lives of blind and partially sighted people to participants, national governing bodies, operators and the wider sport and leisure sector;
  • To have FUN.

47 years later, those same four principle reasons remain firmly at the heart of what we do. Visual impairment does not have to prevent people from playing sport.

Encouraging blind and partially sighted people to be active once the lockdown measures are relaxed, and some form of social distancing remains, will be dependent on some significant changes to improve accessibility and access to information and activities. We are therefore asking for your support during these difficult times.

If you can make a donation, however small, it will place Metro Blind Sport in a positive position to stimulate activity as quickly as possible once sport and physical activity can recommence. This could ensure that we can reach as many people as possible, promoting our members physical and mental wellbeing through the power of sport and social connectedness.

Thank you so much for supporting Metro Blind Sport and our blind and partially sighted members.

Please visit our JustGiving page to donate https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/MBSreactivating

 

Survey on COVID-19 Physical Activity!

Survey: Social Distancing & Physical Activity in Blind and VI People

COVID-19: Social Distancing & Physical Activity in Blind and Visually Impaired UK Residents.

COVID-19 (corona virus) has impacted the UK considerably. People have been instructed by the government to remain at home unless making essential travel (e.g. food shopping) or for a single daily exercise activity. This has likely disrupted regular physical activity habits across the nation and increased the likelihood/ opportunity to engage in sedentary behaviour.

This research seeks to understand how physical activity habits have been affected by self-isolation using a short online questionnaire (20-30mins) aimed at individuals aged >18 years living in the UK that have been unaffected by any recent health issues before and during the self-isolation period but who are blind or visually impaired.”

Survey link below

https://blindsport.uk/ActivitySurvey

 

Survey / Questionnaire support

This questionnaire has been designed to accommodate as best as possible those with a visual impairment.  The software may struggle to work on mobile devices if a screen reader or magnifer is being used.  If you wish to have support in the form of a reader to help you fill in the questionnaire, please contact Clare Strongman at:

clare.strongman@anglia.ac.uk

Section A:  The Research Project

 

Full Title of project

COVID-19: Social Distancing & Physical Activity in Blind and Visually Impaired UK Residents

 

Purpose of study

To investigate the impact of the stay at home policy enforced by the UK Government on the 23rd March 2020 on the physical activity habits of blind and visually impaired UK residents. This is a collaborative study between Anglia Ruskin University and British Blind Sport.

 

Who are the researchers? 

Dr Dan Gordon – Staff Member at Anglia Ruskin University

Dr Marie Gernigon – Staff Member at University of Paris Saclay

Patrick Swain – Ph.D. Student at Northumbria University

Clare Strongman – Ph.D. Student at Anglia Ruskin University

Henry Chung – Ph.D. Student at Anglia Ruskin University

Viviane Merzbach – Researcher at Anglia Ruskin University

 

Why have I been asked to participate?

You have been asked to take part in this research if you meet the following criteria:

  1. Are a resident in the UK
  2. Are social distancing due to COVID-19
  3. Are aged 18 years or older
  4. Have not altered your physical activity levels due to a change in health status
  5. Have a visual impairment

 

How many people will be asked to participate?

We are looking for a minimum of approximately 100 participants.

 

Do I have to take part?

You do not have to take part if you do not want to. You do not have to provide a reason.

 

Has the study got ethical approval?

This study has been approved by the ethics committee at Anglia Ruskin University.

 

Legislation relating to this study

General Data Protection Regulation (2018)

 

What will happen to the results of the study?

The results of this study are intended to be written up for scientific publication with the possibility to be presented at scientific conferences and disseminated through social media outlets.

 

Contact for further information

Dan.gordon@anglia.ac.uk