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News & Events Update – 9 June!

Metro Blind Sport logo with a blue tinted spotlight behind it and faded images of the Metro sport cricket team smiling and holding thier cup medals and the text saying Wednesday 9 June Weekly Events & News Update!

Now that more opportunities are available to participate in sport and physical activity, we are using this newsletter to detail what is available from Metro Blind Sport and partners.

 

Cricket

 There was a great win in the BBS Primary Club Heindrich Swanepoel Memorial Cup Quarter Final for the Metro cricket team at the weekend.

Somerset VI Cricket Team set Metro 213 to win, and Metro successfully reached the target after 25 overs, with Matt Dean scoring 114 not out and Mo Ghalib scoring 80 not out. Metro will play Lancashire Lions in the semi-final.  You can read the full Match report by Paul Toplis here: http://blindsport.uk/14DaysEarlier

 The weather is now glorious for outdoor sport, so why not try the net sessions at Highgate Woods on a Tuesday from 5.30 pm.

If you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions, please contact our Sport Lead for cricket, Rory Field rory.field74@gmail.com  07742 323224 or contact Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Netball

Not long to go now before the netball skills sessions start at the Score Centre in Leyton on the 22 June. If you want to take part, then please sign up for the first session here

https://tinyurl.com/VINetball22June

The course will start at 5.30 pm on 22 June and run every week until 27 July.

To book on to the other sessions, then use the links from the website

https://blindsport.uk/VINetballLondon

To find out more, please contact Martin Symcox martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

 

Tennis

It is back to Islington this week for the tennis sessions, and we are delighted to welcome back our chief tennis volunteers, Linda and Alan Almond. Use the links below to book on to the sessions at the Islington Tennis Centre.

If you are interested in playing for the first time, please contact Charlie martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

Plus, don’t forget to put the Metro Blind Sport friendly tournament on Sunday 12 September at Islington Tennis Centre in your diary. The application form will be sent out very soon.

 

Tennis – Sutton

 Tennis sessions occur every Thursday at the Sutton Sports Village from 10.30 am – 12.00 pm. Booking is required, so please contact the venue to book: Andrew.jeffery@gll.org. The venue telephone number is 02086416611.

 

Football

The training sessions for partially sighted players are still occurring every Tuesday evening at the Score Centre from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm.

Please book in advance using the link below.

If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046 or Gareth Jones gareth.jones@tottenhamhotspur.com.

 

Football – Fulham FC Foundation

 Fulham Foundation is restarting their blind and partially sighted sessions at Brixton Recreation Centre. The football sessions are for adults aged 16+ years who want to come and try football. Whether a first-time footballer or someone with experience, why not go along and give it a go!

The first session is this Thursday from 6 pm to 7 pm. For all of the details, please visit

http://blindsport.uk/FulhamFootieBrixton

Contact Katy Shephard for more information kshephard@fulhamfc.com.

 

Bowls

 It is glorious weather for a game of bowls right now. We provide you with two opportunities each week to take part in outdoor bowls.

You can join our friendly bowlers at Ravenscourt Park on a Monday at 2 pm and Paddington Sports Club every Thursday at 3 pm.

It was pleasing to see members of Paddington Sports Club volunteer their time last week to help with scoring and guiding members. A great example of collaborative working at this new venue.

If you are interested in playing for the first time, newcomers are very much welcome to come along and try bowls. Please contact Charlie martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

For more bowl Info, visit our website: https://www.metroblindsport.org/sports/bowls/

 

 

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

 Remember, you can book in for one session or a series of sessions, and the great news is we are now taking bookings for the remainder of June and July.

Please get in contact with Nikki at Bikeworks to book your space. If you would like to join a session, please contact Nikki Ray from Bikeworks Nikki.Ray@bikeworks.org.uk 07833757954.

There will be two time slots available in West London for you to choose from on Tuesday and Wednesday each week. Session 1 is from 9.30 am until 11 am, and session 2 is from 11.30 am until 1 pm.

For those who live in East London, opportunities are also available, and it is pleasing to hear that our members are taking part in these sessions. Get in touch with Nikki for further details.

 

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

Running Achilles International

 The regular weekly group runs have restarted, and Achilles International are now training in Hyde Park on a Thursday at 6.30 pm.

For more information about these free sessions, please contact Chris Blackabee chrisblackabee@gmail.com or visit the Achilles International UK Facebook page https://tinyurl.com/AchillesRuns

 

Volunteers

Metro Blind Sport would not be able to do the things that we deliver without the fantastic support of our volunteers. If you have a family member or friends 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 to help 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

 

Sense

Sense has launched their ‘Connecting Differently Through Sport’ online learning classroom to improve the sports sectors confidence and knowledge.

Sense Active has partnered with UK Coaching, the UK’s professional association for sports coaches, launching ‘Connecting Differently Through Sport’ as a new online learning classroom to ensure anyone facilitating activities for those with sensory impairments or complex disabilities feel better equipped and more confident.

It offers a mixture of theory, learning, and practical activities to support a fully inclusive approach accredited by CIMSPA.

You can book an in-person or virtual workshop as an individual or organisation here: http://blindsport.uk/SenseConnectD

 

ParalympicsGB join forces to launch From Home 2 The Games

 For the first time, UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport (EIS) are collaborating with ParalympicsGB, Team GB, and 19 Olympic and Paralympic sports to launch its latest search for the athletes of the future – From Home 2 The Games.

The search is the 17th to be run nationally since 2007 by UK Sport, in partnership with the EIS and the UK’s Olympic and Paralympic high-performance community, with From Home 2 The Games the first to leverage the power of both ParalympicsGB and Team GB.

From Home 2 The Games has been specifically designed to engage and encourage young people from all communities in the UK to explore their possibilities in Olympic and Paralympic sports that they may never have thought about getting involved with before, and consequently, discover untapped potential.

It seeks to reach and engage 15-34-year-olds with an impairment that makes them eligible to participate in Paralympic sport and 11-23-year-olds who are sporting or physically active to participate in Olympic sport.

Potential athletes can now join From Home 2 The Games by completing three simple challenges and submitting their results at: www.FromHome2TheGames.com. The challenges are:

  • For Paralympic sport, potential athletes need to complete a 20m push or sprint, a pick-up and throw and an open skill challenge.
  • For Olympic sport, potential athletes need to complete a 20m sprint, a broad jump and an open skill challenge.

As part of the process, potential athletes will be encouraged to upload their scores and fill in a short form about themselves and their sporting background. Submissions will close at midnight on Monday 6 September and then be reviewed by a team of expert sport scientists and coaches.

 

British Blind Sport

 Following the success of the three year, See My Voice programme that British Blind Sport developed to support blind and partially sighted young people achieve leadership skills through volunteering.

They are delighted to announce that Sport England has selected them as one of only five organisations that have been given the opportunity to ‘scale up’ the programme.

Read all the details here: http://blindsport.uk/BBSSeeMyVoice

 

London Vision

 Our friends at London Vision have a busy month of Zoom sessions available. If you’d like more information or joining links, contact them at info@londonvision.org or call on 020 3761 3651.

 

Certification and registration of your rights and benefits

June 9th from 2.30pm-3.30pm.

Explore the process of being registered sight impaired or severely sight impaired, who does what and how it works. London Vision will then examine your rights and the benefits and concessions to which you are entitled. It’s also an excellent opportunity for you to tell your story.

 

New Managing’ beating the scammers’ in partnership with RNIB 14 June from 6 pm-7.30 pm.

In a world full of good, kind and honest people, a few take advantage by creating scams. In this session, led by Marie Kehoe from RNIB, we will explore how to keep your details and money safe from potential scammers and learn that it’s no disgrace to be scammed. It can happen to the best of us.

 

Life hacks in the kitchen 16 June from 6 pm – 7 pm.

London Vision will talk about gadgets, equipment tips and tricks used by blind and partially sighted people to prepare hot drinks, snacks and meals.

 

Esme’s Virtual Friends 17 June from 6 pm – 7 pm.

Judith Potts, the founder of Esme’s Umbrella, will be joining  London Vision’s Charles Bonnet support group to discuss the latest research into Charles Bonnet Syndrome, the condition which means a million people living with low vision in the UK  experience visual hallucinations.

 

Introduction to assistive Technology 22 June from 2.30 pm-3.30 pm.

This session is designed to let you know what technologies are available to assist blind and partially sighted people and will be led by Graham Page, Technology adviser for Thomas Pocklington Trust.

 

Online shopping 22 June from 6 pm-7.30 pm.

In a session led by Graham Page from Thomas Pocklington Trust, we will explore the world of online shopping when using assistive technology. Renu from London Vision will provide her top tips on ensuring you get what you want and return unwanted items.

 

Sport, Leisure and hobbies June 23nd from 2.30 pm-3.30 pm.

As lockdown retreats and Leisure opportunities become available hear from Vocal eyes and Metro Blind Sport about what the capital has to offer.

 

Every Friday Lunchtime, assistive technology drop in at 1 pm.

Come along and talk assistive technology, no question too small.

 

Contact: info@londonvision.org or call on 020 3761 3651.

 

 

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News & Events Update – 26 May

26 May Weekly Events & News Update!

Now that more opportunities are available to participate in sport and physical activity, we are using this newsletter to detail what is available from Metro Blind Sport and partners.

 

Netball

The netball skills sessions will take place at the Score Centre in Leyton.  If you want to take part, then please sign up for the first session here  https://blindsport.uk/VINetball22June

The course will start at 5.30 pm on 22 June and run every week until 27 July.

To book on to the other sessions, then use the links from the website http://blindsport.uk/VINetballLondon

To find out more, please contact Martin Symcox martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

 

Tennis

We are back in Islington this week for the tennis sessions. Use the links below to book on to the sessions at the Islington Tennis Centre.

For blind players (B1) and those new to the game

For partially sighted players  (B2 – B5)

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

Plus, don’t forget to put the Metro Blind Sport friendly tournament on Sunday 12 September at Islington Tennis Centre in your diary. The application form will be sent out next week.

 

Football

The training sessions for partially sighted players are still occurring every Tuesday evening at the Score Centre from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm.

Please book in advance using the link below.

If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046 or Gareth Jones gareth.jones@tottenhamhotspur.com

 

Bowls

It looks like the weather will get better, so hopefully, the outdoor bowls at Ravenscourt Park on a Monday at 2 pm and Paddington Sports Club every Thursday at 3 pm will be blessed with some sunshine.

If you are interested in playing for the first time, newcomers are very much welcome to come along and try bowls. Please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

More details can be found on the Metro Blind Sport website https://www.metroblindsport.org/sports/bowls/

 

Cricket

The better weather will undoubtedly be good news for the Metro Blind Sport cricketers as well.

The net sessions continue each week at Highgate Woods on a Tuesday from 5.30 pm. If you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions, then please contact our Sport Lead for cricket, Rory Field rory.field74@gmail.com  07742 323224 or contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

The Metro cricket team had their first competitive match this weekend against Somerset in the BCEW National League Division One. Great to hear that the full 60 overs were played. You can read the exciting full match side report by Paul Toplis on our website here: https://tinyurl.com/CricketMatch1

 

Sutton Tennis

Tennis sessions occur every Thursday at the Sutton Sports Village from 10.30 am – 12.00 pm. Booking is required, so please contact the venue to book: Andrew.jeffery@gll.org. The venue telephone number is 02086416611.

 

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

Remember, you can book in for one session or a series of sessions, and the great news is we are now taking bookings for June, so please contact Nikki at Bikeworks to book your space. If you would like to join a session, please contact Nikki Ray from Bikeworks Nikki.Ray@bikeworks.org.uk 07833757954.

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.

 

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

 

Running Achilles International

The regular weekly group runs have restarted, and Achilles International are now training in Hyde Park on a Thursday at 6.30 pm. For more information about these free sessions, please contact Chris Blackabee chrisblackabee@gmail.com or visit the Achilles International UK Facebook page https://tinyurl.com/AchillesRuns

 

Yoga

Audio Described: Floor Yoga Class 3 with Claire Miller
The third class in our floor yoga is now available, link Below
https://blindsport.uk/FloorYoga3

 

Volunteers

Metro Blind Sport would not be able to do the things that we deliver without the fantastic support of our volunteers. If you have a family member or friends 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 to help 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

RNIB and British Blind Sport

The RNIB, in partnership with British Blind Sport, have received £1m in funding from Sport England for three years to develop participation in sport amongst people with sight loss.

The three organisations will develop the See Sport Differently programme to deliver opportunities for blind and partially sighted people to access and participate in sport, with a mass participation event in 2022 across multiple locations.

The programme will begin with a three-month research project to better understand the impact Covid-19 has had on blind and partially sighted people’s ability to undertake physical activity. The findings will also help understand the impact of Covid-19 on the sporting workforce and their ability and understanding to support people with sight loss.

The project will also create participation opportunities with national governing bodies while creating a volunteering programme at local sports and grassroots-club level, improving awareness of sight loss, and taking steps to improve the accessibility of sporting sector businesses.

 

Royal Collection Trust

The Royal Collection Trust is pleased to confirm that their Descriptive Zooms continue on the first Tuesday of the month. Please join them in a couple of weeks to find out more about Queen Victoria’s Scottish home, Balmoral Castle.

If you would like to join this session, from 2-3 pm, please email
Amy Stocker, Access and Inclusion Manager on amy.stocker@rct.uk

 

National Running Show South

Have you booked your tickets for the National Running Show South, 17-18 July at Farnborough International?

If not, then make sure you sign up now with our exclusive offer code:

METROBLINDSPORTS

To get yourselves, your friends and your family some free tickets. Speakers include Dame Kelly Holmes, Roger Black, Iwan Thomas, Anita Bean, Vic Owens and Vassos Alexander. The offer ends 2 June so register to get your ticket now https://nationalrunningshow.com/south.

 

VICTA

VICTA is excited to share two exciting opportunities with the British Exploring Society (BES) with you!

When: Dates across July and August 2021
Who: Age 14 to 25 years
Location: Scotland, please see below for more information
Closing Date: 7 June 2021

 

Hartz Scottish Explorers

Open to anyone aged 14 to 17. Climb to the summits of spectacular hills or explore a secluded valley nestled in the Scottish Highlands, engaging with this remote environment in different ways – you might be conducting experiments, laying camera traps or comparing water quality in mountain streams.  Location: – Scotland
Dates: 26 July to 7 August 2021 or 9 August to 21 August 2021
To find out more and express your interest: https://tinyurl.com/HartzExplorers

 

Landmark Scottish Highlands

Open to anyone aged 16 to 25. Explore the 15-mile-long Loch Tay by canoe, making camp on the shores. You may also choose to trek around or over some of the local Munros (mountains over 3,000 ft). With no set itinerary, you can shape your adventures during this programme. Location: Loch Tay, Scotland
Dates: 2 to 14 August or 16 to 28 August 2021
To find out more and express your interest: https://tinyurl.com/TrekCanoe

 

Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet is very excited to return to Sadler’s Wells this Spring with their story of sexual power, cruelty and deceit. From Tuesday 8 – Thursday 10 June 2021. Audio Description: Thursday 10 June at 2.30 pm.

Northern Ballet’s Audio Described performance will immerse audiences in Dangerous Liaisons, and with detailed descriptions of the ballet’s movements, you won’t miss a beat. More information can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/ADBallet

To book: Call the Sadler’s Wells Ticket Office, requesting a headset in advance on 020 7863 8000.

 

Merton Sports and Social Club

Merton Sports and Social Club (MSSC) have a date set for their AGM.  It will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 24 July, to be followed by a BBQ in honour of the late Bob Waters, who served behind the bar for so many years and was often seen slaving away at what used to be the club’s annual BBQ. For more details, contact the committee via Email: committee@mssc.org.uk.

 

Upcoming tandem rides in June

Saturday 5 June – they are aiming to run four separate rides (levels 1-4)
Saturday 19 June – Beginner/Refresher workshop for pilots & stokers: 10 am -1 pm
MSSC members can sign up for any of the above rides by following the below link: –
https://tinyurl.com/JuneCycle

 

 

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News & Events Update – 19 May

Metro Blind Sport logo with a blue tinted spotlight behind it and a faded group photo of london pulse players and a netball player jumping high to shoot for the net and the text saying Wednesday 19 May Weekly Events & News Update

Now that more sport and physical activity opportunities are available to participate in, we are using this newsletter to detail what is available from Metro Blind Sport and partners.

 

Football

The training sessions for partially sighted players are still occurring every Tuesday evening at the Score Centre from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm. Please book in advance using the link below.

If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046 or Gareth Jones gareth.jones@tottenhamhotspur.com.

 

Bowls

Good news for those wanting to play bowls, we now have two opportunities each week for people to take part.

The Metro Blind Sport bowls sessions will be continuing at the Paddington Sports Club every Thursday at 3 pm. No booking required.

If you are interested in playing for the first time, newcomers are very much welcome to come along and try bowls. Please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Tennis

Training sessions in Islington occur every two weeks, so please use the links below to book your place.

If you are interested in playing for the first time, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046. It has been good to see new members come along since we have restarted tennis.

The Metro Blind Sport friendly tournament will be on Sunday 12 September at Islington Tennis Centre from 12 pm onwards.

The tournament will provisionally consist of a B1 singles competition and a B2-B5 mixed doubles competition.

Doubles partners will be drawn out of a hat. The application form will be sent out within the next two weeks.

 

Sutton Tennis

Tennis sessions occur every Thursday at the Sutton Sports Village from 10.30 am – 12.00 pm. Booking is required, so please contact the venue to book: Andrew.jeffery@gll.org.

The venue telephone number is 02086416611.

 

Cricket

Good luck to the Metro cricket team, who play their first match this weekend.
We are keen to welcome players who have never played before or perhaps haven’t played for some time.
We have already had new players come along and take part, and if you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions, please contact our sport Lead for cricket, Rory Field rory.field74@gmail.com  07742 323224 or contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.
We invite new players and current players to come along to a training session and a net session at Highgate Woods. These sessions occur every Tuesday at 5.30 pm.

 

Netball

The course will start at 5.30 pm on 22 June and run every week until 27 July. Qualified coaches will lead the 1-hour weekly session on a Tuesday evening in a covid secure environment.

The project will deliver the skills and techniques played in netball, and they are free to attend. The netball skills sessions will take place at the Score Centre in Leyton with London Pulse Community Lead Lisa Brown

To find out more, please contact Martin Symcox martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

 

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

Remember, you can book in for one session or a series of sessions, and the great news is we are now taking bookings for June, so please get in contact with Nikki at Bikeworks to book your space. If you would like to join a session, please contact Nikki Ray from Bikeworks Nikki.Ray@bikeworks.org.uk 07833757954.

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.

 

Merton Sports and Social Club Tandem

Their regular rides, open to all members, will begin on Saturday 22 May, then on the first and third Saturday morning of each month after that, unless the government guidelines change.

To register interest in a ride well in advance, please email cycling@mssc.org.uk

 

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

 

Running Achilles International

The regular weekly group runs have restarted, and Achilles International are now training in Hyde Park on a Thursday at 6.30 pm. For more information about these free sessions, please contact Chris Blackabee chrisblackabee@gmail.com or visit the Achilles International UK Facebook page https://tinyurl.com/AchillesRuns

 

VI runners challenge

In partnership with VI Runners Bristol, Great Run are excited to stage the first VI Runners 10K Challenge in 2021.

Their joint ambition is to use this event to promote and increase participation in running for people registered as severely sight impaired. For further details about the challenge and the entry requirements, please follow this link https://tinyurl.com/ViRun2021

 

Volunteers

Metro Blind Sport would not be able to do the things that we deliver without the fantastic support of our volunteers.

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.

 

Guide runner availability for marathon participation

Eva Henriques has kindly offered to support anyone with a vision impairment who is looking for a guide running partner with the intention to participate in any upcoming marathons.

If you are interested, please contact Eva directly either by email: evabhenriques@gmail.com  or phone: 07729 199 815.

 

 

News

 

What do you think about compulsory voter photo ID?

The Government has said it plans to introduce a requirement for voters in Great Britain to show a personal photographic identification document before being issued a ballot paper in polling stations for UK Parliamentary elections, local council elections in England, police, and crime commissioner elections in England and Wales.

The Government argues that requiring photo ID will protect the integrity of the ballot and ensure that there is a diminished opportunity for voter fraud. However, there is evidence that if you are young, if you’re a person from an ethnic minority, if you’re disabled, or you come from a poorer background, you’re much less likely to have a valid photo ID and could therefore find it more difficult to cast your vote.

Sight Loss Councils, supported by the Thomas Pocklington Trust, want to hear how you feel about the introduction of voter ID and kindly ask you to complete a short survey, which should take less than 5 minutes to complete: https://tinyurl.com/29xrehz6

 

 

Blind in Business parent and family Q&A workshop

Monday 5 July 2021, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm via Microsoft Teams.
For parents, carers, young people, friends, and family

  • Learn and speak with blind and visually impaired people who are working in modern and successful careers.
  • Gain insight into their education, finding work, the technology they use and what support they’ve received.
  • Be encouraged by others’ experiences to be ambitious through education and into employment.

For more information, please contact jess@blindinbusiness.org.uk

 

 

The London Learning Consortium

The social enterprise, The London Learning Consortium, has just started a new initiative and have been awarded government funding to support a small number of people in north and east London back into employment or training.

The support is virtual and would include:
•        Free CV support;
•        Job search;
•        Encouraging employment, training or voluntary work.

To qualify for the free support, residents must be:
•        Unemployed
•        Over 19 years of age
•        Live in East/North London

Ideally, they want to reach hard to reach groups, but it’s open to anyone who meets the criteria. For more information, contact Kavina on k.Kamat@londonlc.org.uk or call 07534816359. She will then assist the resident in accessing the relevant opportunity.

 

Travel Hands

Travel Hands is a product of VIP World Services. This service pairs blind and partially sighted people in London with sighted and verified volunteers to walk together towards their similar destinations.

Blind and partially sighted people can submit a trip request that is automatically sent to a volunteer near them, alerting the volunteer to their location. The accepting volunteer will then come and pick up the person and walk towards the requested destination.

The current call centre service is for free. But in the future, the application will cost £15/month or £150/year.

For more information, please visit the Travel Hands website https://www.travelhands.co.uk

 

World Blind Union

Every four years, the World Blind Union, holds a summit for “the largest international gathering of people who are blind or have low vision, working to build together a better future.”

Registration is free and allows access to nearly 50 online conference and webinars during the General Assembly, June 28-30, with voting (WBU business June 21-25). See event website for full details https://tinyurl.com/WBlindUnion

 

 

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News & Events Update – 12 May

Metro Blind Sport logo with a blue tinted spotlight behind it and faded images of a 4 bowls on the green and a London Metro futsal team player passing the ball behind anothers player back and the text saying Wednesday 12 May Weekly Events & News Update!

Our sport and physical activity sessions continue this week so find out the details of what is on in the latest newsletter.

Football

The London Metro Futsal team took part in a friendly tournament last weekend in Nottingham. The futsal matches were the perfect way for the partially sighted football league to get a few teams together.

Six teams took part, and although London Metro Futsal lost in the semi-finals,  it was an opportunity to take some of the younger new players along for their first experience of playing in a tournament.

Players rotated regularly on and off the pitch, and this ensured plenty of game time for everyone. It was an excellent opportunity to ease people back into competitive football.

The training sessions for partially sighted players are still occurring every Tuesday evening at the Score Centre from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm.

Please book in advance using the link below. Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance.

If you are interested in playing, please contact Charlie martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046 or Gareth Jones gareth.jones@tottenhamhotspur.com

 

Bowls

 Good news for those wanting to play bowls, we now have two opportunities each week for people to take part.

We are pleased to confirm that the Ravenscourt Park Bowls Club sessions will begin on 17 May at 2 pm. Please register to play by following the link  https://tinyurl.com/RPBowls17May

The Metro Blind Sport bowls sessions will be continuing at the Paddington Sports Club every Thursday at 3 pm.  Bowls Event list:  https://blindsport.uk/BowlsEvents

If you are interested in playing for the first time, newcomers are very much welcome to come along and try bowls. Please contact Charlie martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Members Spotlight

Our latest member spotlight is about our bowls sport lead, Wilbert Williams:  You can read about Wilbert’s journey with Metro, bowls and beyond on our website. Link here: https://blindsport.uk/MSWilbert

 

Tennis

 Now that the LTA have launched their proposed tennis tournament schedule for 2021, Metro Blind Sport is seeking to supplement the number of events by delivering our friendly tournament on Sunday 12 September at Islington Tennis Centre from noon onwards.

Please pencil this date in the diary and details will be circulated next week.

Players are on court today and Friday for the training sessions in Islington, so please use the links below to book your place.

If you are interested in playing for the first time, please contact Charlie martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046. It has been good to see new members come along since we have restarted tennis.

 

Cricket

 We are keen to welcome players who have never played before or perhaps haven’t played for some time.

We have already had new players come along and take part, and if you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions, please contact our sport lead for cricket, Rory Field rory.field74@gmail.com  07742 323224 or please contact Charlie martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

We invite new players and current players to come along to a training session and a net session at Highgate Woods. These sessions occur every Tuesday at 5.30 pm.

 

Netball

The course will start at 5.30 pm on the 22nd of June and run every week until the 27 of July. Qualified coaches will lead the 1-hour weekly session on a Tuesday evening in a covid secure environment.

The project will deliver the skills and techniques played in netball, and they are free to attend. The netball skills sessions will take place at the Score Centre in Leyton with London Pulse Community Lead Lisa Brown

If you want to take part, then please sign up for the first session here: https://tinyurl.com/VINetball22June

All other session dates are available to book on the Metro Blind Sport website.

To find out more, please contact Martin Symcox martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

 

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

 Remember, you can book in for one session or a series of sessions, and the great news is, the sessions are all free!

It is an opportunity to do as much or as little exercise as you like and it’s certainly a chance to meet new people and have a chat along the way.

There are still some spaces left for May, but we are now taking bookings for June, so please get in contact with Nikki at Bikeworks to book your place.

If you would like to join a session, please contact Nikki Ray from Bikeworks Nikki.Ray@bikeworks.org.uk 07833757954.

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.

 

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

Running Achilles International

 The regular weekly group runs have restarted, and Achilles International are now training in Hyde Park on a Thursday at 6.30 pm. For more information about these free sessions, please contact Chris Blackabee chrisblackabee@gmail.com or visit the Achilles International UK Facebook page  https://tinyurl.com/AchillesRuns

 

Volunteers

Metro Blind Sport would not be able to do the things that we deliver without the fantastic support of our volunteers.

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

 The FA

 The FA seeks to recruit four independent members to join The FA Disability Football Committee for the 2021-22 season. Below is a link to the advert together with further details about the role and recruitment process. https://tinyurl.com/FADisabilityC

The application window will close on Friday 21 May 2021.

 

Tennis

The 2021 Event Calendar

Please see the current LTA calendar below, it is subject to change, and the LTA will update with any date changes.

https://tinyurl.com/VITennisComps2021

  1. Newport – 19/20 June
  2. Gosling – 7/8 August
  3. Brighton – 21/22 August
  4. London – 25/26 September
  5. Glasgow – 16/17 October
  6. Visually Impaired National Finals – 19-21 November, Wrexham Tennis Centre

Loughborough, Newcastle and Birmingham are still to be planned, and many venues are unable to confirm this year due to various issues surrounding the pandemic. The LTA is working hard to schedule as many events as possible, and Metro Blind Sport will update all of you as soon as possible. 

 

London Vision

The London Vision team has produced their monthly London Scene newsletter, informing people with sight loss about accessible activities and events happening around London.

The Latest London Scene newsletter is full of information, and you can download it here: https://blindsport.uk/LondonScene

 

Sport, leisure and hobbies 18 May   6 pm – 7 pm 

 Metro Blind Sport and Vocaleyes join us to share leisure, sporting and cultural opportunities in London.

 

Life hacks everyday living May 25th 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm

We will explore tips and tricks used by blind and partially sighted people to complete everyday tasks, from recognising bathroom products to simple DIY.

 

Advanced assistive technology May 25th 6 pm – 7.30 pm

This session is for regular users of assistive technologies and will be led by Graham Page from Thomas Pocklington Trust and Davinder Kullar from RNIB’s technology for life team and is a great opportunity to share ideas and thoughts

For further information and events links, please email info@londonvision.org

 

 

RNIB and VICTA product grant for an Orbit Reader Plus!

RNIB and VICTA are working together to support blind or partially sighted children and young people study with greater independence using technology.

If you are registered blind or partially sighted and a UK resident, you could be eligible for an Orbit Reader Plus for Braille users. The Orbit Reader Plus will only be considered for those aged between 0 and 29 years.

 Link here:  https://tinyurl.com/OrbitRPGrant

 

 

Activity Alliance

Today, the Activity Alliance launches its new 2021-2024 strategy – Achieving Fairness, with an immediate focus on how the national charity will respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite a slight improvement before the pandemic, disabled people remain twice as likely to be inactive as non-disabled people. https://tinyurl.com/AAStrategy

 

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News & Events Update – 5 May

nd the text saying Wednesday 28 April Weekly Events & News Update!

The weather might not be too nice, but we continue with activities in many sports. Details of what is on can be found  below.

Netball

Last week we announced that we had confirmed dates for the new netball sessions. Open for members and non-members, female and male players, the netball skills sessions will take place at the Score Centre in Leyton with London Pulse Community Lead Lisa Brown. Lisa and a team of London Pulse volunteers completed visual awareness training with Metro Blind Sport before the first lockdown and have been excited for weeks to get these skills sessions started.

The course will start at 5.30 pm on 22 June and run every week until 27 July. Qualified coaches will lead the 1-hour weekly session on a Tuesday evening in a covid secure environment. The project will deliver the skills and techniques played in netball, and they are free to attend.

If you want to take part, then please sign up for the first session here:

https://tinyurl.com/VINetball22June

All other session dates are available to book on the Metro Blind Sport website.

To find out more, please contact Martin Symcox martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org.

 

Tennis

 It was good to have the players on court last week, and we will return on court next week, so please use the links below to book your place.

If you are interested in playing for the first time, Please contact Charlie martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.
It has been terrific to see new members come along since we have restarted tennis.

 

Kingston Tennis Tournament

Metro Blind Sport member Chris Blake is organising a friendly tournament for 8 B2 – B5 players on Sunday 16 May from 10 am until 4 pm. The matches will be on three outdoor artificial grass courts. It will be a singles event at the Coombe Wood Lawn Tennis Club, 38 Galsworthy Rd, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7BS.

They have four/five players confirmed, so they need three to four more to join in. For more information, please contact Chris Blake at 07873 790748, chrisjtb32@gmail.com.

 

Football

The sessions for partially sighted players are occurring every Tuesday evening at the Score Centre from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm. Please book in advance using the link below. Players should not attend if they have not booked in advance.

If you are interested in playing, Please contact Charlie martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046. Or Gareth Jones gareth.jones@tottenhamhotspur.com.

 

Bowls

 The Metro Blind Sport bowls sessions will be continuing at the Paddington Sports Club every Thursday at 3 pm for those that want to join a friendly game. The new venue has been very welcoming, and the players have settled in nicely to the sports club.

If you are interested in playing for the first time, newcomers are very much welcome to come along and try bowls. Please contact Charlie martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

Cricket

 We are keen to welcome players who have never played before or perhaps haven’t played for some time. We have already had new players come along and take part, and if you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions, please contact our Sport Lead for cricket, Rory Field rory.field74@gmail.com  07742 323224 or contact Martin martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

We invite new players and current players to come along to a training session and a net session at Highgate Woods. These sessions occur every Tuesday at 5.30 pm.

 

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

 The sessions are still going well, so If you want to have a go, get in contact. You can come along by yourself or arrange to bring along a friend or family member. Remember, you can book in for one session, a series of sessions, and the great news is that the sessions are all free! It is an opportunity to do as much or as little exercise as you like and it’s certainly a chance to meet new people and have a chat along the way. The sessions in May will be on the following days:

  • 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 a session, please contact Nikki Ray from Bikeworks Nikki.Ray@bikeworks.org.uk 07833757954.

 

Cycling Merton Sports and Social Club

Merton Sports and Social Club (MSSC) are keen to see as many people as possible experiencing the joy of tandem cycling and all its physical, mental and social benefits. So, they would like to know, Covid notwithstanding, if you have ever fancied having a go at tandem cycling with MSSC, but have never actually booked up for one of their rides, what is stopping you? Is it lack of experience, lack of fitness, lack of confidence, transport issues or perhaps the timings of rides?  Whatever it is, please let MSSC know, and they can see what they can do to address your concerns.  Email them at cycling@mssc.org.uk.

 

Cycling Wheels for Wellbeing

Wheels for Wellbeing are restarting their Saturday sessions at Croydon Sports Arena from 1 May 2021! From May, they will be running two open sessions per week at Croydon Arena – on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

To find out how to book a space at one of their sessions, please visit their website https://wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk/.

 

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

Running Achilles International

 The regular weekly group runs have restarted, and Achilles International are now training in Hyde Park on a Thursday at 6.30 pm. For more information about these free sessions, please contact Chris Blackabee chrisblackabee@gmail.com or visit the Achilles International UK Facebook page https://tinyurl.com/AchillesRuns

 

Volunteers

Metro Blind Sport would not be able to do the things that we deliver without the fantastic support of our volunteers. 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

 

BBC News Survey

 BBC News is running a survey asking people with disabilities about their experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is likely to feature in a range of BBC news programming, so definitely worth sharing to encourage friends, volunteers and partners to respond. All responses will remain anonymous and kept secure in line with the BBC’s Privacy Policy.

Take the survey here https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/BBCDisabilityCovid19/

 

Sense

Sense has officially launched their new Arts, Sport & Wellbeing Activity Finder platform to help you to find and enjoy accessible activities in your own space.

The Activity Finder collates over 100+ free accessible activities suitable for people with sensory impairments or complex disabilities via their website. Search for activities using the activity finder here: http://blindsport.uk/SenseActivities

 

London Vision

The team at London Vision have produced their monthly London Scene newsletter, which informs people with sight loss about accessible activities and events happening around London, including local society events. May’s newsletter is full of information so have a read here https://blindsport.uk/LondonScene

 

Apps and Gadgets

Five of the RNIB Technology for Life volunteers have shared their favourite apps and gadgets for looking after your mental and physical Wellbeing, from guided meditation to activity trackers. Check them out here: https://tinyurl.com/RNIB5Apps

 

Croydon Vision’s Facebook Live events

These events occur every Thursday at 4 pm. To join, follow the link:

https://tinyurl.com/CroydonLive

May’s highlights include:

 

  • 6 May – Eye health and busting myths about your eyes

How to take care of your eyes and a bit of fun finding out if it is true or false with Dhruvin Patel.

  • 13 May – A thought: Diversity, Race & Generations

Join the conversation with Susanette.

  • 20 May – Your House, Your Gym!

Explore the possibilities of using your house as a gym and create your own circuit training with Odette.

Website: https://croydonvision.org.uk

 

 

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