Spring into Tennis This Winter

1st May 2014 - posted by Lucy Hamlin

Wednesday nights are set to put a spring into the step of young people in the Ribble Valley this winter, as Spring into Action extend their successful Tennis project thanks to funding from Lancashire County Council’s Young People’s Service. 

The Spring into Tennis project piloted over the summer with an 8-week block of coaching sessions funded by Lancashire Sport’s Sportivate fund. The demand was so high that young people were turned away. Spring into Action then secured further funding to run another eight-week block of sessions between October and December. And now with another funding bid secured, the organisation can extend the sessions to run until mid March 2015 and offer two time slots so that even more young people can benefit.

Bradley Wilson, age 21 said: “I have enjoyed going to tennis because it keeps me busy. I have really enjoyed it and would like the opportunity to do some more with new people.”

The inclusive sessions, aimed at young people with and without disabilities will take place from Wednesday 10th December and run through to Wednesday 18th March, with a short break over the Christmas holidays and February half term. The sessions would normally cost each young person £6.50 to attend but the funding enables them to try out the sport for just £2 each.

A mum of a 17-year-old girl with disabilities who attended the pilot project said: “We were so pleased to hear the club for children with disabilities was starting again. It's very difficult to find activities for children with learning difficulties.”

The inclusive sessions will take place at Ribble Valley Tennis Centre and young people will be coached by a professional tennis coach, supported by staff from Spring into Action.

Rachael McHugh, Director at Spring into Action said: “Sports provision for people with disabilities is limited in the Ribble Valley and young people with disabilities often find it daunting to access sports at leisure centres and clubs. By providing inclusive sessions where young people can try out sport in a safe environment with their brothers, sisters and friends, we hope to break down some of the barriers that these young people face.”