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How an award-winning club’s far reaching disability programme is opening tennis up in Dorset

Southbourne Tennis Club in Bournemouth has received praise for its comprehensive disability programme which allows everyone in the community who wants to play any format of tennis, the opportunity to do so.

To ensure the sport is accessible for everyone, the club has established a comprehensive disability programme tailored for wheelchair users and people living with Down’s Syndrome, visual impairments, mobility limitations and learning disabilities.

The activity delivered by the club is part of the LTA’s Open Court programme which has helped a record number of disabled people pick up a racket and enjoy the benefits of playing tennis. The programme is now one of the largest of its kind across any sport, and the work being done by Southbourne is one of the leading examples of what can be achieved.