Coaches serve up new disability drive

A10 Week 38'MCBH'DP'National Junior Games held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - action from a session of tennis
A10 Week 38'MCBH'DP'National Junior Games held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - action from a session of tennis
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SEEING disabled athletes take to the tennis courts could soon be a regular occurrence after the work done by coaches at Halton Tennis Club.

Nick Leighton and his team have been out into the community encouraging people with disabilities into the sport and aiming to integrate them into the able bodied game.

They are now asking anybody interested in tennis to come down to the club where specialist training will be offered to get players up to standard.

Leighton said: “The overall aim is to get people to have a go and realise that playing tennis is possible.

“Then we want them to join the club and get into mainstream tennis when they get to the regional standard – everybody can play against able bodied athletes.

“We don’t want people to be different, no matter what difficulties they may have, anybody can play tennis.”

The coaches have already spent seven days promoting the sport at Stoke Mandeville Stadium and are about to develop these skills more by taking sessions at two schools.

As well as this they are opening the club to anyone with disabilities.

The aim is to get a number of children and adults down to the club throughout the summer as they take advantage of both Wimbledon and the forthcoming London Paralympic Games.

The club will provide sports wheelchairs for athletes as well as the rackets and the balls.

Leighton said: “People can turn up now, just give me a call and we will arrange it for an individual or a group to come along with a coach.”

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