Disabled students encouraged to play tennis

As the wheelchair tennis action begins at Wimbledon  this week, we have taken the opportunity to highlight some of the work being done to involve disabled college students in the sport.

The Tennis Foundation is supporting eight AoC Sport and Natspec member colleges with funding and free equipment to increase the number of disabled students playing tennis.

In the last few weeks AoC Sport, in partnership with the Tennis Foundation, has delivered two tennis events for college students with disabilities.

The events, which were hosted at the University of Warwick and National Tennis Centre, have provided the students with expert coaching to develop their tennis skills.

After being inspired to play tennis outside of college, four players have been signposted to their local sessions, camps and competitions.

In feedback forms, colleges said it was an excellent opportunity for students to get involved with tennis and engage with other colleges. They said coaches delivered sessions to cater for all abilities, the session was fun and gave the opportunity for students to make new friends.

Some of the benefits for students attending events like this include: improved tennis skills and confidence, improved fitness and fine/gross motor skills, experience of a new sport, meeting students from other colleges, making new friends and attending a non-college facility.

For more information on the work AoC Sport is doing on disability, visit our dedicated page here.

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