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Athletics Open 2022 – A Huge Success!

Photo of the start fo the 100m junior track race at the Athletics Open 2022

The Athletics Open 2022 shone and not because of the blue skies and sunshine!

It could have been one of many reasons. 68 competitors, with over 52 individual events! Some competitors came from as far away as Poland and Santa Barbara, California. All determined to beat their personal best and win that elusive medal!

There is nothing like the Athletics Open! The loud starter pistol, the cheers as you run past, or the sound of running shoes hitting the track.

Download results below in Word format

Download: Track Event Results      |   Field Event Results    

Martin did a great job as the compere this year! He announced the races. Encouraged the competitors and let you know who was running past, about to jump or throw.

We had 38 amazing volunteers & officials, with 16 being guide runners. New faces learned the ropes from experienced volunteers and expert officials! Sharing knowledge is priceless.

This year’s Athletics Open was golden! A fun and uplifting day. The Metro team thanks everyone who volunteered and participated. As you all helped make this event shine!

A big shoutout to Martin, Lucy, Joyce & Roy for all their hard work!

Here are some of the fantastic photos from the day from Chris Vaughan Photography

Athletics Open 2022 Photo Gallery

Register your Interest for Next year!

Please register your interest for next year now! As it will be Metro’s 5oth, the Athletics Open 2023 will be bigger,  better and even more fun!
Contact: Lucy Simper. Email lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org


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Walk Leaders and Volunteers in London Needed!

Photo show a walking guide and his walking partner who is holding her white cane, both are laughing out loud as they cross a very muddy area in a wood text says Paid walk leaders & volunteers in London needed! Apply Now!

Walk Leaders and Volunteers Needed!

The project

Metro Blind Sport has secured funding to deliver a walking programme so that blind and partially sighted Londoner’s can collectively benefit from attending walks in various London Parks.

The Metro Blind Sport Walking Project will allow blind and partially sighted Londoners, particularly those who are least active or require support to remain active, to take part in an activity that is easily accessible. It will enable the participants to not only improve physical fitness but equally as importantly, to develop peer support and networks.

We know that walking has many benefits and this programme also provides a great opportunity to deliver activity away from the many restrictions that are being placed on indoor sport.

We need your help

We are now recruiting for paid walk leaders and for volunteers to help deliver the programme. We intend to choose approximately 6-8 parks, throughout London rather than hold the walks in a regular location.

If you are interested in being part of the project from a delivery perspective, then please get in contact. We are seeking to recruit up to 4 walk leaders that could lead sessions on a regular rotational basis. Walk leader training would be provided.

Get in contact

If you would like to part of this exciting project, please email martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org or call Martin on 07508 958927.


Do you know someone who might be interested?

Then if useful, please download and share this word document:

Download Walking Programme Document

The word document above contains all this pages information


What do Walk Leaders do?

During a walk, walk leaders are at the front, middle or back of a group – making sure everyone is safe and happy. Along with Metro Blind Sport staff, leaders will help to plan routes, support walkers and act as ambassadors for walking – showing people that walking really can make a big difference to their lives.


What Skills to I need as a Walk Leader?

The main skill we need from our walk leaders is an enthusiasm for walking and its benefits!

 You don’t need any particular experience, but we love our leaders to be friendly and welcoming, with good communication skills; reliable, punctual and well organised; confident at speaking in front of small groups; able to take control and be assertive when needed and observant and sensitive to the needs of others.


How much time do I need to give as a Walk Leader?

Most of our walks are short, around an hour or less. Including travelling, preparation and paperwork, leading a single walk close to home typically takes around 2 and a half to 3 hours, plus meeting and greeting participants, occasional meetings and refresher training. We are hoping that our Walk Leaders can attend two walks per month.


What about payment?

Travel expenses would be paid for walk leaders and volunteers. For the regular Walk Leaders, payment of £25 per hour is available. Walk Leaders would need to invoice Metro Blind Sport on a monthly basis. Travel expenses can be claimed in addition to the hourly rate.



We are also recruiting for volunteers that will support the Walk Leaders. We would expect the volunteers to be friendly and welcoming with a good, open communication style to support blind and partially sighted people to navigate the walks. We are hoping that our volunteers can attend regularly but there is no commitment to attend each week. Training would be provided. Travel expenses can be claimed for volunteers.


Get in contact

If you would like to part of this exciting project, please email martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org or call Martin on 07508 958927.


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Blind Veterans: Ending Social Isolation

Ending Social Isolation with Blind Veterans UK

Ending Social Isolation with Blind Veterans UK

When Ken lost his sight he also started to lose himself. Ken’s story demonstrates the loneliness often experienced by the veterans we support as the isolation felt as they age only increases with the loss of their sight.

Ken’s story  – YouTube Video Below

Watch an audio-described version of the film    Click to play

When Ken lost his sight, he also started to lose himself.
Ken is one of our London-based veterans. He was part of the Royal Air Force in 1949 and served for nine years. Like the vast majority of those we support, Ken lost his sight decades later due to age-related macular degeneration (ARMD).

At the time he started to lose his sight, his wife passed away.
“I realised I was lonely, and that’s not an easy thing to admit really. After I went to Brighton I realised it was just the fact that I was going somewhere and it really brought me back into the world again.”

When Ken lost his sight he also started to lose himself

Isolation affects many older people across the UK. For those veterans living with the challenges of sight loss, this can have an even greater impact.

Ken joined the Royal Air Force in 1949 and served for nine years but, like the vast majority of those we support, lost his sight decades later due to age-related macular degeneration (ARMD).

“At the time my sight started to go I’d been in hospital and my wife had just died, everything was going around me. I was more or less at the bottom and didn’t know how far I was going down.”

Blind veteran, Ken

Feelings of isolation

It’s a sad fact that many of the blind veterans we support suffer from social isolation. It happens as we get older and our families leave us, and partners pass away. For people with sight loss, that isolation is all the more painful to bear.

It’s not just about losing other people though, with Ken it was also about being isolated inside himself. You are unable to carry out tasks such as going to the shops or even pick up a phone to speak to a friendly voice. For those who can’t see, it often leads to losing your self-belief, and – even worse – your sense of belonging.

Liam’s Story – Volunteer – YouTube Video Below

Volunteers and wellbeing

“The first thing Blind Veterans UK did was to arrange for me to visit their training centre down in Brighton for an intro week. It was only when I came back I realised how low I had been.”

Ken now regularly attends Blind Veterans UK events and we have also connected him with one of our volunteers, Liam, who visits Ken several times a week.

We have set a target to recruit even more volunteers, with a specific focus on recruiting Home Visitors, like Liam. This is crucial in helping to combat the isolation experienced by so many of our veterans like Ken.

“Just having company again did and still does make a huge difference.”

Blind veteran, Ken

Our support

We support ex-Service men and women of every generation rebuild their lives after sight loss by providing rehabilitation, training, practical advice and emotional support to vision impaired veterans across the UK.

Ken’s story is an example of the difference made by the training, rehabilitation and support we provide. He has been given new equipment, like a CCTV Magnifier, which allows him to read his mail again and a specially adapted electronic tablet, which allows him to keep in touch with friends and family.

Together we can help rebuild blind veterans’ lives after sight loss. Away from isolation. Towards a life of fulfilment.

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Volunteer Week 1 to 7 June!

Volunteers Week 2018

Photo of Mo Brace

All at Metro Blind Sport want to say a
Massive Thank You to all our volunteers, sports leads, Guides, trustees, coaches and sporting officials who take the time to that extra mile to help our members and visiting VI participants at our and our partner events.


Volunteers’ Week is a time to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make.

During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK.

Here you’ll find inspiring volunteering stories, ways to get involved in the week, and free downloadable resources to help make your celebrations a success.

The campaign was established in 1984 by Volunteering England, which merged with NCVO in 2013. NCVO now leads this national campaign.


This year, Volunteers’ Week is about volunteering for all – celebrating the huge range of people who give their time in so many ways.

When thanking your volunteers this year, take a moment to remember each and every one of them. From trustees and campaigners to carers and fundraisers, this is a great time to think about the fantastic contribution all your volunteers make.

It’s also a chance to think about what volunteering for everyone means to you. How can you celebrate people from every walk of life who are getting involved in volunteering?

Take a look at these resources to help you open up volunteering in your organisation to all.


VI Tennis Championships 6-8 Oct!

National VI Tennis Championship 2017

National Vision Impaired Tennis Championships 2017!

The National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships are taking place from Friday 6 – Sunday 8 October at the Loughborough University Tennis Centre.  We have moved venues due to the rapid increase in the number of players playing VI tennis as well as some new developments in the tournament including a junior draw.

The players have been competing all year in the regional tournaments with another two due to take place before the Nationals.  We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help make this year’s tournament a great success!  The volunteers are a key part of this tournament’s success & last year helped in many ways including finding players before matches so they were ready to go on, helping players on

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help make this year’s tournament a great success! 

The volunteers are a key part of this tournament’s success & last year helped in many ways including finding players before matches so they were ready to go on, helping players on court by gathering balls, assisting B1 players, distributing packed lunches and gathering feedback towards the end of the tournament.

Lunch & a volunteer t-shirt will be provided. 

If you are free and would be willing to volunteer again this year please click here to complete the online form.  If you are only free for one day that is absolutely fine please complete the form accordingly.  If you have any trouble completing this form just let me know.  I will be in touch nearer the time to confirm arrangements.

Please feel free to ask any friends or family if they are interested in helping out too.  The more helpers we have the smoother the tournament will run.

Junior Visually Impaired Tennis Festival

We are also looking for volunteers for our Junior Visually Impaired Tennis Festival.  It is being held on Saturday 23 September at Loughborough University Tennis Centre.  We will require volunteers from 10.30am – 4 pm.  It’s main aim is to get more blind and partially sighted young people playing tennis.  If you are free to help us out please click here to complete the form.

Thank you & if you have any questions regarding the tournament or the festival please let me know.

Kirsty Thomson
Disability Tournament Director

084587 20522 D: +442084877068     M: +447432732202

Tennis Foundation, The National Tennis Centre, 100 Priory Lane, Roehampton, London, SW15 5JQ



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