Tennis is being made more accessible to adults and children with disabilities through Norfolk Lawn Tennis Association (NLTA) working with the Tennis Foundation and their sponsor, Busseys, Norfolk’s main Ford and Peugeot dealer.
Our Disability Coordinator, Norma Bowen works to increase the opportunities for people to play tennis whatever their disability. Norma has established and manages a partnership working group, with the County Association, local coaches and professionals, including Active Norfolk, with the aim of setting up and running disability projects and obtaining funding to allow more people to enjoy the sport.
Sponsorship funding provides coaching and specialist equipment obtained from the Tennis Foundation, including mini rackets and visual-impairment tennis balls that will allow participants to get the most out of the sport. The association’s equipment, including wheelchairs, allows players to participate in many areas of the game.
• Visually impaired
• Hearing Impaired
• Learning Difficulties
• Complex Needs Schools
• Downs Syndrome
• Patient Rehabilitation
We believe that anyone can play tennis and by making the sport as inclusive and accessible as possible we can get more people on court. Our trained coaches deliver fun and informal sessions that help a player benefit from the social and physical benefits of the game.
If you are interested in joining one of our groups or just trying a taster session please email Norma. We would also love to hear from disability groups wishing to explore the possibility of setting up sessions.
Please see here for upcoming sessions:
Email Norma firstname.lastname@example.org
Norma has been the Disability Coordinator for Norfolk tennis since January 2014. Her background is in sports development, having been the Norfolk County Development Officer for Badminton England for 12 years. She has also been a badminton coach since 2001 and plays tennis in the North West Norfolk league.
Norma says: ” Whilst Norfolk LTA employ me, I work closely with the Tennis Foundation, Active Norfolk (the county sports partnership), various clubs, and also local charities. I love my role as Disability Coordinator, it is great to be able to work with so many enthusiastic people and so rewarding to see the difference tennis can make to people lives, regardless of age, gender, ability – or disability!”
Getting Started One of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world, wheelchair tennis integrates very easily with the non-disabled game since it can be played on any regular tennis court, with no modifications to rackets or balls. Wheelchair tennis players are allowed two bounces of the ball and can easily play against other wheelchair tennis players, as well as alongside or against non-disabled friends and family. One of the biggest myths about wheelchair tennis is that you have to use a chair in your everyday life in order to be eligible to play. In actual fact, the game is open to anyone with a physical disability including, but by no means limited to, spinal injuries, spina bifida, limb loss, hyper mobility and cerebral palsy.
– See more at: http://www.lta.org.uk/Tennis-Foundation/Tennis-for-Disabled-People/Wheelchair-Tennis/#sthash.c1D2uFWl.dpuf
Visually impaired tennis
Visually impaired tennis is one of the newest versions of the game and is played on a smaller tennis court using smaller rackets, an audible ball and raised lines. Players who are totally blind are allowed three bounces while partially sighted players are allowed two bounces. Tape can be put on the court to create raised lines and players communicate at the start of each point to make sure their opponent is ready.
Disability Co-Ordinator Norma Bowen and Coach Donna Andrews have organised regular visually impaired tennis sessions with the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB) for their members at the centre on Magpie Road in Norwich. Non members are welcome to join, please contact NNAB for information on 01603 766682 or email email@example.com
Please see below for new sessions at East Anglia Tennis & Squash Club in 2017
Please check the NNAB website for confirmation of these dates, or contact them for more details.
click here for the NNAB Website
We’re the Tennis Foundation, Great Britain’s leading tennis charity.
We believe anybody can play tennis. Anyone from any background and any community. No matter what their age, shape or ability.
We exist to create opportunities. Our aim is to make it possible for all sorts of people to pick up a racket and take up the sport. Even those people who never dreamt tennis was for them. And especially those who don’t normally get the chance to follow their dreams.
Why do we do it? Because tennis is a great sport, yes. But it’s so much more than that. It’s a powerful force in people’s lives that can help them stretch, grow and flourish in so many unexpected ways. It’s not just about what happens on the court. Whatever wider potential someone has inside them, tennis can help bring it out.
Our mission is to open tennis up to anyone and everyone. We take tennis into places it’s never been before, into all kinds of communities and neighbourhoods. Diversity and inclusion aren’t just token words for us. They are at the heart of everything we do.
Take our work with schools and colleges. By helping more and more young players take up the sport, we equip them with a sporting attitude that stays with them for the rest of their lives. For us, there’s no barrier stopping anyone from enjoying tennis. We know this is true because we’ve helped people with a wide range of disabilities play – and love – the sport.
To help us deliver our vision, we work closely with the Lawn Tennis Association and a wide range of diverse partners.