This August the Tennis Foundation have launched their Wheelchair Tennis Talent ID Programme, Push2Podium. The programme aims to get new players trying wheelchair tennis and to grow the talent pool of the sport.
The Tennis Foundation are encouraging people with a physical disability to attend one of ten free wheelchair tennis festivals hosted across the country. The festivals are open to anyone of any age or ability and will take place in the autumn. Equipment will be provided and a Tennis Foundation Talent ID coach will be in attendance. Any players that show potential and catch the eye of the Talent ID coaches may be invited on to the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis Development Squad, the first step to becoming an elite player.
The festivals are open to anyone of any age or ability and they are absolutely FREE. All equipment will be provided and a Talent ID coach will be at each festival. If you are new to the sport you will be signposted to your nearest sessions if you want to continue playing. If you catch the eye of one of the Talent ID coaches you may be invited on to the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis Development Squad, the first step to becoming an elite player. To start your wheelchair tennis journey visit the Tennis Foundation website and book a onto free festival near you.
Festival venues, dates and times:
- South Wales, Newport Tennis Centre 16-Sep 14:00-18:00
- Taunton, Taunton Tennis Club 17-Sep 11:00-16:00
- Portsmouth, Portsmouth Tennis Centre 30-Sep 12:00-16:00
- Ipswich, Ipswich Sports Club 01-Oct 12:30-15:30
- Preston, South Ribble 01-Oct 13:00-17:00
- Sunderland, Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis & Wellness Centre 14-Oct 10:00-12:00
- Oxford, White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre 04-Nov 12:00-16:00
- Loughborough, Loughborough University 04-Nov 14:00-17:00
- London, Lee Valley, 12-Nov 12:00-16:00
- Glasgow, Scotstoun Leisure Centre 25-Nov 10:00-14:00
For more details visit The Tennis Foundation website: Tennisfoundation.org.uk/push2podium