Wimbledon season has begun. Some of the world’s finest tennis talent will step out on centre court over the next two weeks, ready to battle it out to be named Wimbledon champion.
If you’ve caught Wimbledon fever and want to get involved beyond the strawberries, cream and Pimms on the lawn, there are plenty of inclusive tennis clubs you can sign up for across the UK.
Here we take a look at some of the tennis teams that cater for disabled sports fans and let you try your hand at being the next Gordon Reid or Jordanne Whiley.
Halton Tennis Club
Halton Tennis in Buckinghamshire runs the Everyball Inclusive Tennis program. This is a scheme that brings players of all abilities together to integrate into regular club sessions.
They aim to cater to all disabilities, including people with Down’s Syndrome, and their disability membership is part-funded by the club to make it more affordable.
They also run the Inclusive Tennis Festival, which does exactly as it says on the tin : providing a great festival for people of all abilities who love tennis.
The annual festival is for adults and children of all ages and invites guests down for a full afternoon of wheelchair tennis demonstrations, activities and games.
Kids with learning disabilities and Down’s Syndrome can get involved in the children’s tennis fun games and the Halton’s Performance Players take to the court to show everyone their skills.
There is also a tombola, face painting and live music. To find out more about the festival visit : http://www.haltontennis.co.uk/tennis/disability/inclusive-tennis-festival.php
Bromley Tennis Centre
In Kent, Bromely Tennis Centre is used as the local Tennis Foundation disability hub.
They hold regular sessions for people with an array of abilities, mental and physical, including a monthly wheelchair tennis session and a weekly learning difficulty session.
There’s even scope to train up to competitive level, as Bromley work closely with competitions such as the Special Olympics.
For more information visit: http://www.bromleytenniscentre.co.uk/
The Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre
Lee Valley offers a variety of great outdoor days, adventures and sports clubs, one of which is their excellent hockey and tennis centre.
Working with the Lawn Tennis Association, the centre runs a fully inclusive programme to allow people of all abilities to enjoy tennis.
They work with many community outreach coaches to encourage people with disabilities into sport. Come on! What you waiting for? Get out on that court!
First session on the green stuff today ended like this…. Didn't even win the point 🙃🌱 pic.twitter.com/cvaH5jvXAn
— Gordon Reid (@GordonReid91) June 27, 2016
West of Scotland Wheelchair Sports Club
Scotland is home to Wimbledon regular Andy Murray and to wheelchair tennis champ Gordon Reid (pictured above, not winning that match…) but do you have what it takes to beat your opponent on court?
Some members of West of Scotland Wheelchair Sports Club have played in the Paralympics and the coaches are all qualified to achieve the best from their members.
The club is open to people of all physical disabilities who want to get involved in sport and the wheelchair tennis players train at Scotstoun Leisure Centre Glasgow.
Learn more here : http://westofscotlandwheelchairsportsclub.btck.co.uk/
— Kate Grey (@kategrey25) June 28, 2016
Read about the Rio Wheelchair Tennis ParalympicsGB announced today: http://enablemagazine.co.uk/wheelchair-tennis-rio-team-announced-go-team-gb/