Disability Award Presented to LUSU Sports
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The tireless work by a revolutionary disability tennis programme in Cheshire has been recognised with a prestigious LTA Tennis Award.
Run by Sue Morrison and Louise Assioun LUSU was founded six years ago to provide activity-related products and training programmes for those who work with people with disabilities.
The programme started 2021 by sending activity videos to families with disabled children during lockdown, and later in the year successfully transferred back to in-person programmes and sessions.
The scheme was announced as the winner by Sport England CEO Tim Hollingsworth at a live-streamed awards ceremony presented by LTA President David Rawlinson and hosted by the LTA’s Head of Men’s Tennis Leon Smith
The LTA Tennis Awards are now in their seventh year and celebrate the achievements and contributions of outstanding tennis volunteers, coaches, officials, venues and players across the country.
Morrison, Assioun and LUSU were hand-picked as one of 17 national winners recognised at the awards ceremony on Thursday, which honoured individuals involved in tennis at grassroots, county, regional and national level.
Nominations were drawn from over 25,000 volunteers, nearly 5,000 coaches and 1,000 officials, 22,000 schools, nearly 3,000 clubs and over 9,000 LTA approved tournaments, with the scheme recognised for its work in building the confidence of participants.
LUSU continued to work with those who were unable to transition out of lockdown life easily, while providing a number of sessions for people at local church halls, parks and playgrounds.
The quality and quantity of the nominations demonstrate outstanding work that has been done in tennis throughout the last year and David Rawlinson, LTA President, said: “The LTA Tennis Awards are a real celebration of the people that make our sport thrive.
“They acknowledge the achievements made by outstanding volunteers, coaches, officials, venues and players, who are all vital in helping us to grow the game.
“The outstanding contributions the nominees have made to the sport and to their communities has been tremendously uplifting and I would like to thank them for their fantastic work.”