Wheelchair Tennis Initiative
Our vision is to be one of the most respected tennis nations in the world for wheelchair player development and the disability sport of choice across Great Britain. To achieve this, our aim is to inspire, attract and engage the next generation of Wheelchair Tennis players, providing everyone with the amazing benefits our sport has to offer.
Why Performance Wheelchair Tennis?
Wheelchair Tennis is one of very few para-sports to have a Global Professional Calendar (UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour), where you can compete all year round and represent your country at major events, including Grand Slams (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open) and the World Team Cup. Wheelchair Tennis is also part of the Summer Paralympics – taking place every four years.
Domestically, our sport provides individuals with many opportunities to play and compete – all whilst having fun. Working with tennis clubs, parks, and Community Indoor Tennis Centres (CITCs) we support the delivery of disability specific and/or inclusive activity. We also deliver a domestic competition calendar, supporting players on their first competitive steps to becoming a Wheelchair Tennis Champion at the elite stage.
From our history of success, we back ourselves to support players on their own journey from entry to one day becoming an elite level Wheelchair Tennis Champion. Our current elite performers include Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid, Andy Lapthorne and Lucy Shuker, who all started their journey with us or through a local session and have now achieved major event success.
Our Wheelchair Performance Pathway page has more information about the LTA’s Wheelchair Performance Pathway and career opportunities.
What is the Wheelchair Tennis Initiative: Talent Identification?
The LTA’s Wheelchair Tennis Initiative: Talent Identification events are the Wheelchair Performance Pathway’s Team Flagship Talent Identification Programme that aims to support players on their first steps in Wheelchair Tennis to becoming a Wheelchair Tennis Champion.
The Wheelchair Tennis Initiative: Talent Identification aim is to find, nurture and develop players who display potential and attributes to enter the Wheelchair Performance Pathway and go on to represent Great Britain at major events and Summer Paralympic Games.
Who are Wheelchair Tennis Initiative: Talent Identification events for?
These one-day events are for people who have a love of tennis, aspire to become a Wheelchair Tennis Champion and are:
- Aged between 8–30 years
- Have a physical disability
What will the day look like?
A Wheelchair Tennis Initiative: Talent identification event will involve:
- 4 hours of tennis (incl. breaks)
- Learn and develop fundamental skills, such as: chair and mobility skills, rackets skills, shot selection, and competitiveness
- Delivered by experienced and passionate performance coaches and staff
- Information on how to get playing socially and competitively, whether that’s domestic opportunities or taking it to the next level on the international stage
- Suitable and appropriate signposting opportunities following attendance, ensuring you experience all the amazing benefits our sport has to offer
Note: you don’t need to own a sports wheelchair or tennis racket to participate. We’ll provide all the equipment, but if you’ve got one or the other, please do bring them along.
Where and when are the Wheelchair Tennis Initiative: Talent Identification events?
2022 will see the LTA host 10 one-day events across Great Britain:
- Saturday 16th July: Nottingham Tennis Centre, NG7 2QH
- Saturday 6th August: Easton Tennis Centre, NR9 5DX
- Saturday 13th August: Wrexham Tennis Centre, LL11 2BW
- Sunday 14th August: Silksworth Community Pool Tennis & Wellness Centre, SR3 1PD
- Sunday 27th August: Exeter Tennis Centre, EX4 4QN
- Saturday 10th September: John Charles Centre for Sport, LS11 5DJ
- Sunday 25th September: Edgbaston Priory Club, B15 2UZ
- Sunday 2nd October: Scotstoun Leisure & Tennis Centre, G14 9HD
- Sunday 9th October: Hills Road Sports & Tennis Centre, CB2 8PF
- Saturday 15th October: National Tennis Centre, SW15 5JQ
Times for each Wheelchair Tennis Initiative: Talent Identification can be found on the registration form below.
How do I sign up to one of the LTA’s Wheelchair Tennis Initiative events?
Please click the link in the 'Sign up' box below and complete our registration form.
For all enquiries related to the Wheelchair Tennis Initiative: Talent Identification, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you on court!