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News & Online Event Update – 24 Feb 2021

Weekly online event and news Update 24 Feb 2021

News & Online Event Update

The latest update from the Prime Minister has confirmed that the earliest possible date for outdoor sports facilities to reopen will be from the 29th of March. At the same time, organised adult and children’s sport will also return outdoors. The earliest possible time for gyms to reopen is the 12th of April, with indoor sport from the 17th of May.

The government announcement leaves us all waiting to return to sport and physical activity as we know it, but we want to be prepared to start as soon as possible from the end of March.

We have some opportunities for activity outdoors thanks to a walking programme and a cycling programme. Outdoor bowls may be available as well and we are checking with Paddington Sport Club about the return to opening. Other opportunities like football and cricket may be available, and we will update you when we know more.

 

Walking Programme

We intend to deliver weekly walks around London parks with qualified walk leaders and volunteers. This new project is aimed at members and non-members, and we hope to attract up to 15 people to take part in walks with us each week. We intend to choose parks throughout London rather than hold the event in any one location. More details will be released in the coming weeks. Please email Martin or Charlie if you are keen to come along and walk with us.

As you know, all our sports have sport leads, often recruited from within the membership. There is no difference with this project. If you would like to become a walk leader, please get in contact.

martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org | charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org


Cycling Programme

We are delighted that we have teamed up with Bikeworks to deliver a new inclusive cycling project. This project is about getting blind and partially people around West London by pedalling (or choosing not to pedal) on Side-by-Side e-cycles, making trips of their choice, solving their transport problems, having a social interaction, and most importantly, getting some exercise.

The project will initially run for two half days a week for 26 weeks. Days will be confirmed shortly. On each day, between 1-3 people will be taken out for 1.5-hour slots. Two slots will be available on each day, potentially offering the service to up to 6 people a day and 12 people a week. Up to three people can travel together (plus the Pilot) since the project cycles can be joined together to make a cycling bus. This means the service can be booked by a group of friends to get people to and from a specific event such as a lunch club or simply to do activity together.

The project will be promoted to Metro Blind Sport members, but we welcome blind and partially sighted non-members to participate. Although the project will be based in West London, members from all over London are welcome to come and have a go if they can safely travel. The cycle is based very near Latimer Road tube station, on the Circle and Hammersmith and Fulham underground lines, making it an accessible meeting location.

We are extremely grateful to The Edward Gostling Foundation for their support of this project. Due to their funding, we can offer this project without a charge to participants.

If you are keen to come along, then please email Martin. martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org We will then register your interest and contact you shortly with all the booking details and the days and times the sessions are running.

In the meantime, here are your updated opportunities and news from Metro Blind Sport. More new ways to get active alongside some of the regular features.

 

 Meto Online Tennis

Mark Bullock is back this week to deliver the online tennis sessions. The sessions are on Wednesday and Friday, from 6 pm – 7 pm.
If you want to participate in these free, online coached tennis sessions, please email Martin to register. martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org

 

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

 

LTA  Online Tennis

While you are at home, make sure you check out the LTA Tennis at Home Hub
https://www.lta.org.uk/tennis-at-home-hub, which has loads of video content and tools for keeping active.

Additionally, Middlesex Tennis are running Online Inclusive Tennis Sessions every Saturday morning from 11-12.30, with coaches Mark Bullock and Stuart Wilkinson. To sign up, email mark.bullock@middlesextennis.org.uk

Yoga

Our four online Chair Yoga session with Claire Miller remain available. View them all on our YouTube page: http://bit.ly/MetroBlindSportYouTube

 

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 sessions 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, but a link to the activities can be found here. https://blindsport.uk/OnlineSense

 

News Items

New Book – “Ikimasu.” “Hai”: Blind Tennis Rules 2021

Martin Etheridge is a well-known Tennis Umpire (Wimbledon and across the world) who came to support blind tennis a few years ago and was hooked. He quickly became involved in writing guidance for umpires and line judges at blind tennis competitions and now sits on the IBTA Executive committee. He is passionate about the power of sport to make a difference for players with a disability.

Martin has written a book on blind tennis and managed to get it for sale on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08WL8DX9D. His first book is focused on the rules of tennis but also on the history of the game and Miyoshi Takei’s legacy. This book takes you on a journey of discovery to find out how blind tennis first started. It is about one man’s determination and perseverance and will appeal to players, coaches, officials and volunteers alike.

 

Extant

Pathways is Extant’s flagship four-year training programme supporting visually impaired and blind practitioners across the theatre industry. Now celebrating its third year, Pathways Writers follows on from our previous Actors and Directors training programmes.

Join Extant in welcoming the new Pathways Writers group; and for the Round Table “Access to Script: How can we make scripts accessible for blind and visually impaired artists?”:

Date: Monday 1st March
Pathways Writers Launch: 10-11.50am
Round Table: 12-1.30pm
Location: Online via Zoom  Cost: FREE
For any questions, please contact caroline@extant.org.uk

 

Stargardt’s Connected 

Stargardt’s are excited to invite people to their Stargardt’s Connected special World Rare Disease Day Zoom meeting on Sunday 28th February 2021 (12 pm to 2 pm).
https://www.rarediseaseday.org/event/united-kingdom/1058

At this meeting, they will be launching their new letter-writing campaign calling on MPs to advocate for increased support for research into Stargardt’s Disease.
They will also be introducing the UK’s new rare disease strategy and will be joined by a special guest from Fight for Sight, who will be speaking about their Time to Focus report, which calls for more research into sight loss conditions to help address the personal and financial impact on people.

You can register your place to attend by clicking on the following link https://tinyurl.com/StargardtsCommunity

 

Research

If you are visually impaired between 18 and 30 years old, University of Southampton PhD student Geane Fontinele wants to hear from you, regardless if you are active or not, before the COVID-19. She is researching ways for visually impaired people to be able to do more sport/physical activity.

Also, she is keen to understand the impact of the pandemic on your physical activity routines. To participate in my study, please fill in this online survey: https://isurvey.soton.ac.uk/33270

If you have any questions, contact Geanne directly on gdaz1e17@soton.ac.uk Study Reference Number ERGO/FEPS/ 51707.

 

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 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

 

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

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A Yoga Journey with Claire Miller!

A Yoga Journey with Claire Miller!

“It’s important to connect with yourself and check in by focusing on your breath and body”.

To coincide with the upcoming release of a new set of videos focusing on floor-based yoga for beginners on Metro Blind Sport’s website, Claire Miller, a highly qualified fitness and yoga teacher, from Ruislip talks to us about her journey into yoga and physical activity, helping others and coping with sight loss as a vision impaired person.

In light of COVID-19 restrictions and to support us in creating more online activity, Claire has done a great job in developing accessible chair yoga sessions through a series of four short videos.

With Claire’s clear and descriptive instructions, the videos show how to loosen and stretch tight muscles, reduce stress and improve circulation.

A Yoga Journey with Claire Miller!

Discussing her own challenge with sight loss and overcoming the adversity of it for nearly four years now, Claire spoke openly about the undiagnosed deterioration of her right optic nerve, undergoing chemotherapy to help save the existing sight alongside managing the progression of cataracts in her left eye.

Claire smiling and lifting her right leg high in the air
Claire smiling and lifting her right leg high in the air

A self-described gym bunny, aerobics and Pilates enthusiast, Claire found her true passion in advanced yoga sessions.

When asked about what Claire enjoys about teaching yoga she said: “It’s the overall feeling you can give people. They start by thinking they cannot do it (yoga) or they come to a class with the whole world on their shoulders – then after completing the class you can see the positive impact it has had on them. That’s the case with any type of yoga really, you always find something calming about it and the classes bring you back to a centre.”

With over 530 hours of yoga training, Claire has established herself as a qualified yoga and fitness teacher. She explained: “You start with a 200-hour training mark which I completed in Bali. For some they stay at that level, but I have completed advanced training so I can teach advanced yoga sessions!

Black and white photo of Claire in Bali
Black and white photo of Claire in Bali

Claire began her journey supporting blind and partially sighted people with another charity, Blind Aid, where she started off by covering a yoga class. It all took off from there. She said: I found it inspiring to work with people with limited vision or no vision and see their progression and ability”.

Claire highlights the importance of audio descriptive feedback in her classes, albeit with a notable exception to a classic mishap. She explains: “I remember teaching one of my first classes in Peckham and I said to everyone, ‘settle your body and close your eyes’ with one participant responding, ‘I don’t need to Claire, I’m blind!

The good-natured response created a laughter among the group who accepted the perceptual assumptions we all make innocently in similar circumstances.”

A notable project in which Claire was recently involved is ‘Yoga for Cancer’. She highlights the need to adapt sessions for people with varying levels of medical issues and requirements. She said: “We learnt about the types of treatments and experiences people are going through, how to approach people who were managing a terminal illness and how to support them with yoga through that journey”.

Shifting to online delivery, Claire has been working with Metro Blind Sport to deliver the VI yoga sessions and emphasised the value of getting involved. She stressed: “It’s important to connect with yourself and check in by focusing on your breath and body. Nothing is out of reach with these yoga sessions, they make you feel calmer and more grateful”.

Looking to the future, Claire is excited to get back into live classes, hopefully delivering Metro sessions soon!

Why not try Claire’s accessible and stress-reducing chair yoga for yourself?

 

VI Chair Yoga Sessions

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News & Online Event Update – 17 Feb 2021

Weekly online event and news Update 17 Feb 2021

News & Online Event Update

Here is this weeks update on the latest online opportunities and news to help you keep active! Take the time to have a read through and see what is on in the next few days.

Weekly challenge

Our final weekly challenge for now. The video is only one minute, and the activities are all a bit of fun. Please get involved and share your achievements with us.

This week’s challenge is ‘The Plank’. Watch the video here.

Get Yourself Active Website

Have you seen the new section of their website yet? It has been designed so that you can easily find resources to help you to stay active at home during this time. It includes a variety of resources from various organisations, from videos to toolkits http://www.getyourselfactive.org/resources/active-home/

They have launched their fourth and final series of videos, Becky will be showing you a variety of standing and seated strength exercises that you can do at home. Perfect for keeping active during this time! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCitKWen44Tb0xEqGtwbVERA

Shape up with Spurs

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

Tennis

While you are at home make sure you check out the LTA Tennis at Home Hub which has loads of video content and tools for keeping active. Additionally Middlesex Tennis are running Online Inclusive Tennis Sessions every Saturday morning 11-12.30, with coaches Mark Bullock and Stuart Wilkinson.

To sign up email mark.bullock@middlesextennis.org.uk

Yoga

Our four online Chair Yoga session with Claire Miller remain available. View them all on our YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHjmzPrYVb4jyix3QPrikTw

 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 live sessions details by clicking here https://britishblindsport.org.uk/the-active-at-home-programme/

News Items

LTA

The LTA have provided an update on Disability Competitions. The LTA have made the decision to extend the cancellation of tennis competitions up to Sunday 21 March. Due to this decision and the uncertainty of venues re-opening until April, we will be postponing all disability events until April. Where possible this year we will try and re-schedule events rather than cancelling them.

You will find an updated event list here: Disability Competitions Calendar, you will notice a lot of “TBCs” still, this is due to many venues being closed and staff being on furlough, as soon as we can we will update you on any new events.

Sleep Health Study

Sleep Health Study are advertising The Blind Veterans UK and Circadian Therapeutics Online Sleep Survey to understand more about the association between vision impairment and sleep, health, and wellbeing. The Survey can be completed at home via the online link, or by telephone with one of our friendly researchers. Link to register interest in the Online Sleep Survey: http://bit.ly/blindstudyregister or call 01865 546582.

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

Mindful Poetry

Dr Beverley Duguid has created a mindful poetry course for blind and visually impaired people. Mindfulness is a form of meditation which is used to combat stress, anxiety and depression. Poetry has been used for centuries to convey thoughts and feelings on a particular subject. This course combines mindfulness and poetry to help you craft poems and prose. This course is bought to you by RBKC Arts Grants and is Free of charge to participants. It is taught on Zoom and starts in March.

Enrol via email:  Admin@insightmind.co.uk

Questions, email Beverley@insightmind.co.uk

Badminton

There is an exciting opportunity to express your views on how to make Badminton more available to blind and partially sighted individuals. As part of its Diversity and Inclusion campaign, Badminton England is undertaking a study aimed at understanding the barriers to play and improving the accessibility of the sport.

British Blind Sport is working closely with Badminton England to explore the possibilities within the sport and ensure that visually impaired people have the opportunity to participate. To do this, we need to understand your experiences, challenges and needs.

The survey below will allow Badminton England to gain further insight into how they can make meaningful changes to support under-represented groups in their sport.

Everyone is welcome to complete the Diversity & Inclusion survey and share their experiences. All responses will remain confidential.

Chess

Please find the link here https://www.braillechess.org.uk/ to get the February 2021 issue of the Braille Chess Association’s Gazette.

TfL

TfL are seeking views on the use of in-vehicle CCTV in taxis (black cabs) and private hire vehicles (PHVs) including minicabs in London.

In July 2020, the Department for Transport (DfT) published statutory taxi and PHV standards. These include a number of standards that taxi and PHV licensing authorities are expected to implement. The standards also state that all licensing authorities should undertake a consultation on in-vehicle CCTV in taxis and PHVs.

They are interested in your views on the following:

  • Do you think all taxis (black cabs) and PHVs (including minicabs) in London should have in-vehicle CCTV fitted as a mandatory requirement, or should the current position of allowing vehicle owners to choose to fit in-vehicle CCTV systems be maintained?
  • What are your views of the local considerations to take into account in London, and how this affects whether in-vehicle CCTV should be mandatory in all London licensed taxis and PHVs?
  • What positive impacts may arise if in-vehicle CCTV was in operation in all London licensed taxis and PHVs?
  • What negative impacts may arise if in-vehicle CCTV was in operation in all London licensed taxis and PHVs?

 You can let TfL know what you think by completing their survey. Please visit their consultation website for more information. The closing date for responding to the consultation is Monday 22 March 2021.

If you have any questions about this, please email consultations@tfl.gov.uk with ‘In-vehicle CCTV in taxis and PHVs’ in the subject line.

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

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News & Online Event Update – 10 Feb 2021

Weekly online event and news Update 10 Feb 2021

Here is this week updated opportunities and news. Take the time to have a read through and see what is on in the next few days.

 

Weekly challenge

It is weekly challenge time. It has been good to see some of you posting your results on to social media. The video is only one minute, and the activities are all a bit of fun. Please get involved and share your achievements with us. This week’s challenge is ‘Torso Twist’.
Video link here: http://blindsport.uk/TorsoTwists

 

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

 

Yoga

Our four online Chair Yoga session with Claire Miller remain available. View them all on our YouTube page: http://bit.ly/MetroBlindSportYouTube

 

Multisport – Croysutt Warriors

Croysutt Warriors Goalball Club has a new session running to get people active in Croydon. The sessions include, over a 2 hour period, Goalball, Football and Basketball on an outdoor lit court.  The sessions take place in CR0 6EA.

The sessions are run on a Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, and all levels are welcome. Participants are asked only to travel to the sessions by private car or taxi.
Potential participants must contact Croysutt Warrior, and they will give all the details and conditions prior to attendance.

Please phone or email Robin on 07889648925 or Croysuttwarriors@outlook.com

 

Football – Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury Football are excited to launch their new online inclusive Zoom football sessions! Sessions are open to all disabilities/abilities, and no experience of football is required. Just come along, have fun and be active! All you need is a small square space, ball and some markers (These could be rolled up socks, plastic cups, toys etc.)
When: Wednesdays from 10th February Time: 4:00-4:45pm
Age: 6-16 years,  All disabilities/abilities welcome!
Where: Zoom –  Sign Up via the Meeting ID – 84944770911
Any Questions? Contact cameron@bloomsburyfootball.com or call 07565 959 951

 

Get Yourself Active Website

The Get Yourself Active team at Disability Rights UK has been busy working on projects to ensure that the general public can access ideas and content that provide the tools to be active in a way that is right for them. They have created a new section of the GYA website  Link: https://tinyurl.com/yxjetrsf

So that disabled people and people with long term health conditions can easily find resources to support them to be active during this time.

The new section of the website is easy to navigate, with a helpful video to show individuals how to access the different pages. They have collected videos which individuals can find according to which activity they are interested in. They also have pages dedicated to other resources, such as worksheets and downloadable resources.

 

British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation has pulled together a series of activities that can be carried out at home. Take a look at the chair-based exercises and strengthening exercises in this link: https://tinyurl.com/y4dtr7kw

 

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 sessions by clicking here https://britishblindsport.org.uk/the-active-at-home-programme

 

Sense

The latest Sense sport and wellbeing activity sessions you can complete over the next two weeks have been released. They have live sessions, pre-recorded sessions and written instruction sheets to help you be a little more active. To find out what they have planned, including Sensory Circuits and Drumming to Music then please click here https://blindsport.uk/OnlineSense

 

News Items

LTA

The LTA has announced the next step in their work to drive forward inclusion and diversity in tennis, with the recruitment of a new group of almost 50 people from across all areas of the sport to enable them to listen to and draw on their diverse range of views and experiences.

Called the IDEA Group, standing for inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility, it brings together LTA colleagues with diverse representatives from across the tennis community, including players, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans. Mark Bullock and Paul Gillet are part of the group of 50 people so please share any feedback you may have, and we can pass it on to them.

For the full news item, please click here: https://tinyurl.com/y2gxs66a

 

Baluji Music Foundation

The Baluji Music Foundation are really excited to present Rishi Gulati, from the Inner Vision Orchestra, in concert on sax on Saturday 20th February at 4 pm. The Inner Vision Orchestra is the only professional orchestra of blind musicians anywhere in the world.
Rishi will perform a selection of jazz, popular and Latin classics and they hope they will bring to mind the sunny days when he was busking in Sydney! The concert is free, but they do of course welcome donations to the Baluji Music Foundation.
Join Rishi from the comfort of your home. This concert will be available as a Youtube Premiere. Please register here: https://tinyurl.com/y4385wc4 (on Eventbrite) and a link will be provided to all attendees before the concert begins. Any problems registering on Eventbrite, so please email baluji@baluji.com and they will sign you up.

 

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 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

 

London Youth Games

London Youth Games are putting disabled young Londoners at the heart of the competition, empowering them to set, film, complete and share sport-related challenges as part of the LYG Virtual Inclusive Games – an eight-week virtual challenge series launching on Tuesday 9th February.

Following the summer’s Virtual Games’ success, which attracted over 40,000 entries during the first national lockdown, London Youth Games has taken an inclusive approach to its latest virtual offering. The LYG Virtual Inclusive Games will feature inclusive challenges set by young disabled people, including suggested adaptations to ensure as many young Londoners as possible can get involved.

To participate in the LYG Virtual Inclusive Games, young Londoners must complete the challenges and submit their scores via the London Youth Games website. Challenges will be released every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9 am via the London Youth Games website and social media channels.

Find out more here https://www.londonyouthgames.org/virtual-games/

 

Visionary

We are pleased to be working with Visionary to provide advice and guidance to their members’ network in the coming weeks.

At Visionary, they have heard repeated concerns from rehab workers about blind and partially sighted people becoming less active in lockdown and as a result, becoming less mobile.

Visionary has arranged a series of sessions over the next few weeks with Metro Blind Sport and British Blind Sport to provide rehab workers and others with solutions and tips to get people active. Plus, they have arranged an opportunity to hear directly from those working in the sight loss sector on what barriers exist and what more could be done to overcome these barriers.

Top tips for keeping active   *New session*

http://blindsport.uk/TopTips
Monday 15 February, 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm
(a one-off in the series of Get Active Month)
Practical examples of what you can do to help keep blind and partially sighted people active with:
Martin Symcox, CEO of Metro Blind Sport
Mark Bullock, Inclusive Sports Development Advisor and Coach
Alex Pitts, National Partnerships Manager at British Blind Sport.

The missing activity pieces *New session*

https://blindsport.uk/MissingActivity
Wednesday 24 February, 10.30 am to 11.30 am (a one-off in the series of Get Active Month).  Your chance to highlight the barriers to activity and to help identify what blind and partially sighted people need to have to be active.:
Martin Symcox, CEO of Metro Blind Sport
Mark Bullock, Inclusive Sports Development Advisor and Coach
Alex Pitts, National Partnerships Manager at British Blind Sport

 

Vision Foundation

Join Hayley Mills and Dame Judi Dench in conversation with Stephen Fry on 25th February 2021. The late Sir John Mills, Vision Foundation Senior Vice President, maintained a high-profile film and stage career while losing his sight.

To pay tribute to Sir John and mark the Vision Foundation’s centenary in 2021, friends and family of Sir John will be looking back at his career and challenging the ongoing stigma of visual impairment in the workplace.

Vision Foundation are delighted to invite you to this extraordinary evening, taking place virtually on 25th February 2021 at 6:45 pm (GMT).

To join their celebration of 100 years working with blind and partially sighted people, please click the link below to sign up and receive your joining instructions.

Link: https://tinyurl.com/yxzbkh5t

 

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

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News & Online Event Update – 3 Feb 2021

Event and News Update 3 February 2021

Here is your updated opportunities and news from Metro Blind Sport. Take the time to have a read through and see how you can get active in February.

 

Weekly challenge

It is weekly challenge time. It has been good to see some of you posting your results on to social media. The video is only one minute, and the activities are all a bit of fun. Please get involved and share your achievements with us.

This week’s challenge is ‘Lunges’. Watch the Video here:

http://blindsport.uk/Exercise3

 

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

 

Wheels for Wellbeing

 Wheels for Wellbeing is running their inclusive cycling sessions for both adults and children. They are currently running sessions on Mondays and Fridays for people of all ages, and their Kids on Wheels sessions on Sundays. All sessions are organised at Herne Hill Velodrome.

Unfortunately, all their sessions at Croydon Sports Arena and Ladywell Day Centre still remain suspended.

To read more about their current Sessions click link below

https://wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk/session-alterations

 

Get Yourself Active at Home

 A new month means new ways to get active at home! Get Yourself Active at Home are now on to series 3 of their videos. Rachel will be taking people through her seated dance class in the next 4 videos. Subscribe to their YouTube channel to watch the videos

https://blindsport.uk/GetActive

 

Yoga

 Our four online Chair Yoga session with Claire Miller remain available. View them all on our YouTube page

http://bit.ly/MetroBlindSportYouTube

 

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 the live sessions details by clicking here

https://britishblindsport.org.uk/the-active-at-home-programme

 

 Sense

The latest Sense sport and wellbeing activity sessions you can complete over the next two weeks have been released. They have live sessions, pre-recorded sessions pre-recorded sessions and written instruction sheets to help you be a little more active.

To find out what they have planned, including Sensory Circuits and Drumming to Music then please click here https://blindsport.uk/OnlineSense

 

Facebook

We were pleased to let everyone know last week that we launched our Metro Blind Sport Facebook page. We will definitely be sharing a lot of information on to the Facebook page as we move through the year.  We encourage you to get involved with our new Facebook page, perhaps sharing your results of the weekly challenge with us or chatting with friends you may have come in contact with through Metro Blind Sport activity.

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

 

News Items

Sport England

Last week Sport England released their new 10-year strategy, Uniting the Movement, a vision to transform lives and communities through sport and physical activity.

It seeks to tackle the inequalities we have long seen in sport and physical activity. The strategy identifies that for some communities – disabled people, people from lower socio-economic groups and people from Black and Asian backgrounds – there is a clear pattern of low levels of activity.

There will therefore be a sharp focus on providing more opportunities for those who are being left behind.

To find out more about the strategy please click the link directly below.

https://tinyurl.com/y5mfd6gn

 

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.

February’s newsletter is full of information so have a read here
https://blindsport.uk/LondonScene

 

Travel Hands

Travel Hands is a service pairing blind and partially sighted people together with verified and sighted volunteers to walk together towards similar destinations. The organisation behind the service is looking for more London-based volunteers for when restrictions ease. It is a flexible and fun volunteering experience and full training is provided.

To find out more please click here

https://www.vipworldservices.com/travel-hands

 

Park Lane Stables

Metro Blind Sport members have benefitted from visiting the stables in the past and we wanted to share their request for support.

Just before Christmas Park Lane Stables in Teddington received the devastating news that their landlord has decided not to renew their lease when it expires in May 2021 as he wishes to sell the property.

This means that Park Lane Stables in Teddington will be forced to close down in May unless they can raise £1M in order to buy the stables from the landlord. And that is exactly what they are aiming to do! They simply cannot allow their beloved 200-year-old stables to be converted into a block of luxury flats by a property developer, denying future generations the magic that horses can bring.

Hundreds of local children and adults with a wide range of disabilities, learning difficulties and mental health challenges rely on them for their therapy and their physical, social and mental wellbeing. For many of their participants, coming to the stables is their only activity and it brings them great happiness.

They have set up a crowdfunding campaign on 1st January:  https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-our-stables and they have been overwhelmed by the support, but they still have some way to go. If you can donate or share their story, they can hope to achieve the target of saving their stables.

 

Wheels for Wellbeing and Bikeworks

Wheels for Wellbeing is delighted to announce that they have received support from Sport England’s ‘Open Call for Innovative Solutions’ to develop and pilot an inclusive cycle hire scheme for London, with east London partner Bikeworks.

This inclusive cycle hire scheme pilot aims to bring the joy and many other benefits of cycling to more Disabled people in an accessible, affordable, sustainable way.

To read more about the new scheme link directly below.

https://tinyurl.com/y6ee7vm6

 

The Blind Spot

Listen to the latest episode of The Blind Spot which focusses on employment and the economic climate.  TPT’s Martin Sigsworth provides invaluable advice for any blind or partially sighted person struggling to secure work. https://tinyurl.com/y3ex9262

 

Stay safe and best wishes.

Martin and the Metro Blind Sport Team

 

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