Pershore Tennis Centre encourages everyone to play tennis
Pershore Tennis Centre have gained high accolade from the Lawn Tennis Association for their disability programme encouraging sport for all.
Pershore’s Head Coach and County ‘Coach of the Year’ Steve Bauer heads up Prime Tennis Coaching based at Pershore Tennis Centre. Steve runs three types of Disability classes: a weekly Down Syndrome Class, a monthly class for New Hope Respite Centre and a weekly wheelchair session.
In partnership with Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Partnership and The Tennis Foundation, Steve launched a wheelchair initiative to encourage everyone over the age of 14 with a physical impairment to learn new skills, get active and meet new people through tennis.
As a result, Pershore Tennis Centre was recently awarded ‘Disability Programme of the Year’ in 2017 and runner-up in 2018 by Herefordshire and Worcestershire Lawn Tennis Association and is delighted to be able to encourage sport for all at the local club. Further to the success of the courses, the Club now runs a wheelchair session from 6pm – 7pm every Tuesday, a monthly class for New Hope Respite Centre and a weekly Down Syndrome Class on Saturdays from midday-1pm.
Matt Elkington, Disability Development Partner at the LTA, said: “Our partnership with Pershore Tennis Centre and the work the team are delivering at the club is still relatively new considering our Open Court programme has now been running nationally for over 5 years. They have completely taken on board the inclusive nature and ethos of opening tennis up! Everyone is welcome at the club and this is epitomised with the Down Syndrome sessions where they are developing a separate session for players who are wanting to compete and progress which is great news. The LTA is always keen to support registered venues to engage with disabled audiences and their families to offer the right tennis set up!”
Steve continues: “It’s an absolute pleasure to run classes like these and in turn encourage everyone to play sport. My passion is tennis and I’m genuinely delighted to support so many people to play tennis locally. If I can help anyone else to enjoy it as much as me and my members then I’d love to hear from you. Please do join us and join in.”
If you fancy a game at the award-winning club, head to: www.pershoretennis.co.uk or call 01386 556677. Please email Steve direct via: [email protected] to book your place on the wheelchair tennis course now.