About us

Metro is a thriving London based sports and social club for blind and partially sighted people of all ages. Our aim is to encourage participation and to create opportunities to take part in a wide range of activities.

Athletics, bowls, cricket and tennis are probably our most popular sports but we work with other organisations to promote tandem cycling, football, sailing and skiing.

Most of our social activities take place around sport but we also organize a programme of social activities including theatre trips, ice skating, pub nights and dinners.

History


Metro was founded in 1973 by an inspirational group of young blind and partially sighted people who were not prepared to accept the expectations and restrictions of the day – chess and country walks were not enough for them! Metro is determined to keep alive this spirit of adventure, challenging barriers and opening doors to all sports for our members.

Some of our founding members went on to become leading national and international athletes. They were also instrumental in creating many of the national and international organisations through which sports for people with visual impairment are now organised.

Patrons


Metro is proud to have the support of our Patrons:
• Our President, Peter Baxter, for 34 years the organising brain behind BBC Radio 4’s Test Match Special.
• Our Vice President, Pauline Johnston, wife of the redoubtable late cricket commentator (and our first President) Brian Johnston.
• Our Vice President, Mike Brace CBE, totally blind, a former Paralympic Cross Country skier, and a founder member of Metro.

Management


Metro is a Registered Charity (no. 268076) and our activities are governed by a Constitution approved by the Charities Commission. Click here to view our Constitution.

The club is run by an elected Committee of trustee's who meet on a monthly basis and are supported by staff members Carol Mcfetridge (Fundraising Officer), Ian Francis (Sports Dev Officer) and Friends of Metro. The Committee is also supported by Mo Brace (Membership Secretary) and a Web Editor.

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults


In accordance with statutory requirements for the protection of children and vulnerable adults, Metro trustees and sports organizers are subject to Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks. Please click the links below to download our Safeguarding Policies for children and vulnerable adults respectively in Word document format.
Child Protection Policy Jan 2012
Adult Protection Policy Jan 2012
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