Open Court and Sensory Tennis 'opening up' the sport
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International Day of People with Disabilities aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
At Tennis Wales we are committed to ‘opening up’ tennis to all, no matter what their age, ability, or health condition or impairment.
A key component of this is the Open Court programme. Open Court is a UK-wide LTA programme that provides disability-specific sessions. This includes learning disability tennis, wheelchair tennis, visually impaired tennis and deaf tennis. Tennis is also expanding its offer into other long-term health conditions such as Mental Health and Dementia.
Ahead of International Day of People with Disabilities we caught up with players in Wales taking part in wheelchair tennis and visually impaired tennis as part of the Open Court Programme.
This year also saw our Disability Tennis Lead Stuart Baker, link with Sense UK, and Caerphilly Tennis Club and their Head Coach Jon Morgan, on a pilot offering sensory tennis offering to individuals with complex needs.
We spoke to Jon about how coaching sensory tennis has helped his development, and asked Lauren Heath of Sense UK what Sensory Tennis is. Click on the links below to view video of what they had to say.
If you want to know more about the Open Court programme in Wales you can contact Stuart Baker.