Metro Blind Sport have partnered with Goalball UK, Sportworks, Ealing Council and GLL to deliver multiple sport and physical activity opportunities for blind and partially sighted people.
Delivered at the brand-new Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub in West London, sessions will be FREE and taking place every week on a Sunday, 2pm till 4pm beginning from 11th July.
Metro Blind Sport launched its ‘Seeing the benefit of exercise’ project today thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and is inviting Londoners to sign up. The project welcomes blind and partially sighted people of all ages and abilities from West London to engage in a variety of different sports. The sessions will include, football, tennis, goalball, cricket as well as many other activities throughout the year.
The ‘Seeing the benefit of exercise’ project will be 2-hour weekly session on a Sunday afternoon, led by qualified coaches in a covid secure environment. The sports are all adapted specifically for blind and partially sighted people, using adapted equipment, and will rotate on a weekly basis to provide as much opportunity as possible for people to try new things. For the first 3 months of July, August, and September, check out the weekly schedule below for what will be taking place:
Week 1: 11th July – FOOTBALL Week 5: 8th August – FOOTBALL Week 9: 5th September – FOOTBALL
Week 2: 18th July – TENNIS Week 6: 15th August – GOALBALL Week 10: 12th September – GOALBALL
Week 3: 25th July – GOALBALL Week 7: 22nd August – TENNIS Week 11: 19th September – TENNIS
Week 4: 1st August – CRICKET Week 8: 29th August – CRICKET Week 12: 26th September – CRICKET
Charlie Raven, Sport Development Officer at Metro Blind Sport said “As the charity continues to grow, we are incredibly excited to be extending our reach towards West London to deliver more sport and physical opportunities at this great new facility in Gunnersbury Park. We believe these weekly sessions can have a significantly positive contribution towards the social, physical and mental health of visually impaired people within the local community and across London.
Alex Bunney, Participation Lead at Goalball UK said “We are delighted to be involved in this visual impairment specific multi-sport project alongside Metro Blind Sport and other key partners. The Hub at Gunnersbury Park in West London is a key location for us as we look to grow the number of accessible opportunities for people to play goalball in the capital”.
This past year has highlighted just how important it is to be active, and we know that disabled people have been hit hardest by the pandemic. So we want to make our facility as welcoming as possible for blind and partially sighted people. We are delighted to welcome Metro Blind Sport as one of the first customers into the new Gunnersbury Park facility.
The address is Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub, Popes Ln, W3 8LQ.
For further information please contact:
Charlie Raven, Sport Development Officer Metro Blind Sport
Charlie.email@example.com 07956 292 046
Martin Symcox, CEO Metro Blind Sport firstname.lastname@example.org 07508958927
About Metro Blind Sport
Metro Blind Sport is a London based charity, creating fun, accessible sport and physical activity opportunities for blind and partially sighted individuals of all ages and abilities.
Established in 1973 by a group of passionate blind and partially sighted individuals keen to break down barriers to sports participation, the organisation offers opportunities to get involved in a wide variety of sports, primarily located within Greater London.
Metro Blind Sport has been at the forefront of promoting blind and partially sighted sport since it began, initiating the adaptions to sports, influencing National Governing Bodies, advising on equipment developments and supporting coaches and volunteers to get involved.