LTA Wheelchair Tennis

LTA Wheelchair Tennis Initiative aims to uncover more budding talent

Tim Herbert
Authored by Tim Herbert
Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2022 - 07:43

The LTA’s Wheelchair Tennis Initiative is set to arrive at Exeter Tennis Centre on Sunday, August 27, as the search for the next big stars of the game continues. 

This initiative is part of the LTA’s Wheelchair Performance Pathway Talent Identification Programme, delivered by our Wheelchair Performance staff. These open days offer players the first opportunity to enter our Wheelchair Performance Pathway and are designed to attract, engage and inspire people with physical impairments to join the game. 

The LTA Wheelchair Tennis Initiative aims to attract, inspire and engage people with physical impairments into the sport and the taster days will include activities to cater for every skill level. 

The sessions have been created to acknowledge the fundamental characteristics that are required for wheelchair tennis, including, chair skills, racket skills and competitiveness. They are primarily aimed at people aged 8-30 who have a physical disability (you don’t necessarily need to be a wheelchair user to play wheelchair tennis), and an aspiration to represent Great Britain at major events, such as Grand Slams and Paralympic Games. 

After the one-day event, we will provide all participants with details for appropriate opportunities at local venues which will help them develop as an individual and as a player, while meeting new people. 

This initiative will play a pivotal role in inspiring the next generation and the early-stage development of aspiring wheelchair performance players, leading to the continued success of wheelchair tennis in the long term. 

All equipment, including sports wheelchairs to participate, tennis rackets and balls will be provided on the days and these are the locations of the full LTA Wheelchair Initiative tour: 

Saturday 6 August: Easton Tennis Centre, Norwich 

Saturday 13 August: Wrexham Tennis Centre 

Sunday 14 August: Silksworth Tennis Centre, Sunderland 

Sunday 27 August: Exeter Tennis Centre 

Saturday 10 September: John Charles Centre, Leeds 

Sunday 25 September: Edgbaston Priory Club Birmingham 

Sunday 2 October: Scotstoun Tennis Centre, Glasgow 

Sunday 9 October: Hills Road Tennis Centre, Cambridge 

Saturday 15 October: LTA National Tennis Centre, Roehampton 

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