Royal Blind School pupils get set for London Metro Games

Press release: Thursday June 18 2015

Pupils from the Royal Blind School will be running, shot-putting and long jumping in London this weekend, at the Metro Athletics Open.

The annual Games for visually impaired athletes attracts participants of all ages from across the UK to the stadium in Mile End, East London.

The five pupils (Steven, Andrew, Namarra, Myles and Junjie) are taking part in the under 18s competition for the Royal Blind School. The pupils will also have a chance to try out new sports for fun as part of the Festival of Athletics, with qualified UK athletics coaches on hand for advice and guidance.

The team of staff and pupils travel to London today (Thursday) and are staying at university accommodation close to the stadium. They will enjoy a packed programme of cultural activities in central London before the weekend’s sporting action begins, including a trip to the Imperial War Museum, a Thames Cruise and a visit to Buckingham Palace.

Physical Education Teacher Caren Bryce, who organised the trip, said:-

“The Metro Games has become one of the sporting highlights of the year for Royal Blind School pupils. It’s a great chance to explore London, as well as taking part in lots of exciting athletics events with people from across the UK.

“We are always given such a warm welcome, and made to feel right at home.

“I am sure our fabulous team of pupils will be excellent ambassadors for the Royal Blind School. I look forward to a fun event.”

For further information please contact:

Davina Shiell, Marketing and Fundraising Manager

Tel: 0131 222 2794, Mob: 07713 987797

davina.shiell@royalblind.org

Notes to Editors:

The Metro Athletics Open takes place in Mile End Stadium, East London on Saturday June 20. Organised by Metro Blind Sport, the event is now in its 39th year, and had around 100 visually impaired athletes participating last year.

More information here: http://www.britishblindsport.org.uk/events/metro-athletics-open-2015/  

Royal Blind is Scotland’s largest visual impairment organisation. We run a number of services for blind and partially sighted people one of which is the Royal Blind School.

Our vision at Royal Blind is to make a significant contribution to building a community where blind and partially sighted people, including those who have other disabilities, achieve their potential. www.royalblind.org

The Royal Blind School is a national grant aided special school that educates and cares for pupils who are blind or have a visual impairment, as well as those with additional support needs. www.royalblind.org/education.  

For further information about the school’s history see www.royalblind.org/education/history.

For further information about the school’s re-development programme see www.royalblind.org/education/our-strategy.

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