Tennis Foundation launch Push2Podium talent ID programme

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.

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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

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For more details visit The Tennis Foundation website: Tennisfoundation.org.uk/push2podium

Finals for Brits at the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships

It was another fantastic week of tennis in Nottingham. The British Open featured the world’s best wheelchair tennis players, and the British athletes didn’t disappoint.

Great Britain’s Lucy Shuker partnered Stephane Houdet of France to claim the Mixed Doubles title in a hard fought match.  There was another British player on the opposite side of the court, Paralympic silver medallist Alfie Hewett, with his partner Dana Mathewson of the USA. The quartet played out a competitive encounter that enthralled the crowd in Nottingham. After Shuker and Houdet claimed the first set, Hewett and Mathewson hit back in the second and led 5-4.  However, Shuker and Houdet held their serve and then broke to take the 2017 title with a 6-3, 7-5 victory.

There were high hopes for other British players going into the final day, Sunday 6th August, of the ITF Super Series tournament at Nottingham Tennis Centre, with Alfie Hewett and Andy Lapthorne both having reached singles finals.

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19 year old Hewett, current Wimbledon Mens doubles Champion, was up against the 23 year old world No.1 Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina. Despite having lost the first four games Hewett came back to level 4-4, but Fernandez took the next five games to take the first set and lead 3-0 in the second.  Hewett again turned the momentum round to level at 3-3 but the power of the big-hitting Fernandez saw him complete a 6-4, 6-3 win to claim his first British Open title.

Hewett was followed on Centre Court by Andy Lapthorne in the Quad Doubles final against world No.1 David Wagner from the USA. Cerebral Palsy Sport ambassador James Shaw had been defeated by Wagner in the quarter finals. Lapthorpe, Paralympic silver medallist who has cerebral palsy, started off well as he matched Wagner to reach 3-3 in the first set, before the impressive American, fresh from having won the quad doubles on Saturday, won eight games in a row to seal a 6-3, 6-1 win and regain a title he last won in 2009.

Alongside the event, the Tennis Foundation hosted a ‘Come and Try Tennis’ day on Saturday 5th August, giving the opportunity for anyone to have a go at the sport and enjoy the event. For more information about the Tennis Foundation click here.

 

Ambassador James Shaw talks tennis with Cerebral Palsy Sport

Wimbledon may be over for another year but there is plenty more in the tennis calendar. Cerebral Palsy Sport were thrilled to have the chance to catch up with Wheelchair tennis player and Ambassador James Shaw this week to catch up on his busy year so far and looking ahead to the rest of 2017. Here’s what he had to say!

What have been the highlights of 2017 for you so far?

In May I was chosen to compete out in Sardinia for my second world team cup which is the wheelchair equivalent of the Davis and Fed Cup on the back of having a highly successful year in which I won my first international singles title, and capped off the year by winning my 4th senior national’s title. It was an honour to get picked to represent my country again, but to play the final, win the event and become world champion with my team mates was a highlight of my career so far and has definitely spurred me on to work hard and have more success in the future.

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What are you hopes for the British Open in August?

The British Open is a very tough event where all the top players come from around the world to compete in Nottingham. With my world ranking at 14 and promising performances of late I believe more than ever that I am able to challenge the top players in the world so I’m excited to compete and hope to continue my success on the court by beating some top players.

What’s the best thing about your sport?

I believe the best thing about my sport is getting better whether that be physically, tactically, or mentally at a sport I love. At the end of the day I chose to play tennis from an early age because I love the sport and want to win so by pushing myself to the limits and then being able to see that work paying off is an amazing feeling. Then win or lose I know I’ve done everything I can do and know either way I’ll be back next time stronger.

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 Any advice for young people who want to get into wheelchair tennis?

I’d suggest finding a local tennis club, getting in a chair and having a go whether that be against friends, family, coaches, players, whether they be able bodied or a wheelchair user! Roma Sport with the help of the Tennis Foundation have sent out more cost effective club wheelchairs to tennis clubs around the country so ask around tennis clubs and try them out.

Wheelchair tennis is an amazing sport that has helped many people including myself improve in so many areas on and off the court, and sometimes this is lost or forgotten in the midst of competitiveness, and having to win. I love to win as everyone does and I’ll push myself as hard as I can to achieve my dreams but my main goal is always to go out on court improve myself, and enjoy myself, so it’s always nice see young people getting in a wheelchair enjoying wheelchair tennis.

 

The British Open Wheelchair championships take place at Nottingham Tennis Centre from Tuesday 1st August – Sunday 6th August, the tournament features men’s, women’s and quads competitions, as well as a junior competition.  Play is scheduled between 9:30am-6pm each day. Tickets are now on sale, priced just £2 for a weekday ground pass and £5 for a Saturday/Sunday (finals weekend) ground pass, while kids go free all week when accompanied by an adult. For further information visit the Tennis Foundation website

On Saturday 5th August – Come & Try Tennis opportunity while the British Open is taking place in Nottingham. Anyone can come and have a go at wheelchair tennis, as well as other disability tennis at our free ‘Come and Try’ session! To reserve places contact Matt Elkington on 07961 267607, matthew.elkington@tennisfoundation.org.uk

 

 

Come and Try Tennis at the British Open

The British Open is one of six Super Series events on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and one of the most important tournaments in the world outside of the Grand Slams. As it is following the Wimbledon Championships many of the top elite wheelchair tennis players compete at this tournament, which will mean we have the opportunity to watch these players first hand.

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The 2017 event will take place at the Nottingham Tennis Centre from Tuesday 1st August to Sunday 6th August, with the world’s best players competing against each other, including our very own Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis medalists.

As part of this major event the Tennis Foundation always host a Come and Try Tennis activity day on the Saturday, you will be given the opportunity to play the sport in a fun and safe environment for free. All kit, equipment and support will be provided to participants on the day along with their families and carers.

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Location: Nottingham Tennis Centre, University Blvd, Nottingham, NG7 2QH

Date: Saturday 05 August, 10-2pm

How to book: Contact Matt Elkington on 07961267607, matthew.elkington@tennisfoundation.org.uk

 

Find out more about Cerebral Palsy Sports partnership work here: http://www.cpsport.org/partnerships-matter/

 

 

James Shaw and GB quad team become World Champions

Great Britain’s quad wheelchair tennis team won their fifth BNP Paribas World Team Cup title on Sunday in Sardinia after defeating Israel 2-1.

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Andy Lapthorne, Antony Cotterill and James Shaw all played in in the quad final before Cotterill and Lapthorne won the crucial doubles rubber.

Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador James Shaw, representing Great Britain for just the second time at what is the wheelchair tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup, found London 2012 gold medallist Noam Gershony too strong in the opening singles rubber, Gershony winning 6-2, 6-1 to give Israel the lead.

However, world No. 3 Lapthorne levelled the final with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Shraga Weinberg and reigning Doubles Masters champions Cotterill and Lapthorne produced a sensational performance to beat London 2012 doubles bronze medallists Gershony and Weinberg 6-3, 6-0.

“It was amazing to get picked for this highly successful GB team but to win the world title and also play in the final was a dream come true,” said Shaw.

For further information about the Tennis Foundation click here

CP Sport Ambassador James Shaw selected for World Team Cup

Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador James Shaw has been selected to represent Great Britain in the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy, from 1 – 7 May 2017.

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James is part of the Quad team alongside Andy Lapthorne and Antony Cotterill. In 2016 James won the quad doubles title at the Austrian Open and also finishing runner-up in the quad singles.

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Great Britain will be competing in three of four events at the International Tennis Federation’s flagship wheelchair tennis event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The teams will be:

Men’s Event – captained by Karen Ross

  • Gordon Reid (Glasgow)
  • Alfie Hewett (Cantley)
  • Dermot Bailey (Kettering)

Quad Event – captained by Stuart Wilkinson

  • Andy Lapthorne (Eastcote)
  • Antony Cotterill (Penistone)
  • James Shaw (Nottingham)

Junior Event – captained by Rob Cross

  • Ruairi Logan (Edinburgh)
  • Alex Chaston (Greenwich, London)
  • George Davies (Coventry)

Good luck to all the team!

Find out more about our partner organisation, the Tennis Foundation and their opportunities here

Find out more about our Ambassadors here

The Tennis Foundation offer more opportunities to ‘Come and Try’ Tennis!

In 2017 the Tennis Foundation is running a number of camps and ‘Come and Try’ events in order to encourage more disabled people to try out tennis and reap the numerous benefits that the sport can bring. Specific wheelchair and learning disability tennis camps are running, as well as Visually Impaired and Deaf tennis sessions.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport works in partnership with the Tennis Foundation and our Ambassador,  James Shaw is a GB Wheelchair Tennis player.

 

 

The below outlines some of the upcoming opportunities this year:

 Wheelchair Tennis Camps

If you currently play wheelchair tennis and want to learn new skills and develop your technique under the guidance of a Performance Coach then the Wheelchair Tennis Camps are for you! The four hour camp (£15) will be led by the Tennis Foundation’s Talent ID Coach who will provide useful tips and advice on how to develop your game. The camps are also an opportunity to be talent spotted and if you impress the Talent ID Coach there may be the potential to join the Performance Development Squad! Camps are open to those aged 5 and above, with all equipment provided. For more details and to book on please visit www.tennisfoundation.org.uk/play-tennis/physically-impaired-tennis.

Learning Disability Tennis Camps:

If you have a learning disability and want to get involved in tennis then a great way to get started in the game is to come along to one of our one-day tennis camps for those new to the game or looking to learn new skills. You can expect a day full of fun and friendship, at the end of which you’ll be able to play tennis. All camps are 11am-5pm, cost £15 and all equipment is provided. They are open to anyone aged 5 years or above. For more information please visit www.tennisfoundation.org.uk/play-tennis/learning-disability-tennis.

Wheelchair Tennis Come and Try Sessions:

If you have a physical disability and want to get involved in wheelchair tennis then the new Come and Try sessions are perfect for you. A brilliant way for you to get started in the sport these sessions are for new players who have never tried the sport before. With qualified coaches on hand and all equipment provided there’s no reason not to get involved www.tennisfoundation.org.uk/play-tennis/physically-impaired-tennis.

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For more information on Cerebral Palsy Sports partnerships with governing bodies visit http://www.cpsport.org/partnerships-matter/sporting-bodies/

 

 

 

 

3 Paralympians support our SportStart day fun

Cerebral Palsy Sport are delivering a Junior SportStart day at SportCity Regional Athletics Arena in partnership with Lancastrian Outreach and Inclusion Service (LOIS)

We are really privileged to have 3 of our Sporting Ambassadors with us today at our SportStart event in Manchester. Paralympians Matthew Walker MBE, Graeme Ballard and Leon Taylor are joining the event to help to inspire children and young people with a range of disabilities to take part and have fun.

These inspiring inclusive days are for children aged five upwards and allow them to enjoy playing sport with others who have a similar impairment. Our priority is to engage in sport in a fun, relaxed situation. The children have the opportunity to be part of a team and a competitive element is also introduced.

During SportStart Days our experienced coaches introduce children to a variety of adapted sports appropriate to their ability. We also encourage parents, teachers and coaches to join in.

We are also kindly joined by Virgin Media who are supporting the day with their volunteers. Thank you!

Thank you to Leon Taylor, Matthew Walker MBE and Graeme Ballard for helping to inspire our youngsters.‪#‎inspiringothers‬

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CP Sport joins forces with the Tennis Foundation to increase participation

Cerebral Palsy Sport has joined in partnership with The Tennis Foundation to work across 3 main charitable areas the first of which is Tennis for disabled people. They do this by:

  • Supporting venues and coaches to provide opportunities for people with any form of disability, to play tennis in its full format or adapted to suit individual needs;
  • Supporting the Lawn Tennis Association (the LTA) to make tennis more inclusive and accessible;
  • Specific programs for people with a physical disability, learning disability, hearing or visual impairment; and
  • Staging world class events nationwide and running the performance program for elite and talented disabled players.

Cerebral Palsy Sport has been highlighted as a key partner for the Tennis Foundation and we are supporting the development of their offer by providing advice and guidance on adapting the game, coach education and promotion of local opportunities.

Our Sporting Ambassador, James Shaw is a GB Wheelchair Tennis player and is in full support of the partnership continuing to grow. He wants the work that we do to ensure that more people with cerebral palsy access tennis and are given the right support to go on and achieve their potential.

We have also joined up with the Tennis Foundation and the Lawn Tennis Association to invite our members to come along to a ‘come and try’ session and cheer on top Paralympic athletes  on the 30th July 10am – 3pm at Nottingham Tennis Centre.

For more information on the event, please click here

 

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