How We Can Make Tennis More INCLUSIVE…
How to Get People of All Abilities Playing More…
Pre COVID-19, the buzz phrase on most tennis governing bodies’ lips was ‘to boost participation’. Now with Governments easing on lockdown, tennis was singled out literally as one of the ideal sports to play as social distancing can be controlled.
All well and good but tennis still has a problem…
A stigma not necessarily the one about tennis being an elitist middle-class sport but the stigma that tennis still lacks real ‘inclusivity’.
Now plenty is being done to encourage disabled players from a beginner with any type of impairment right up to national competitions, but what about players who are able bodied and although not disabled, may still have some form of mobility problems and although they may love the game they become disheartened.
Yes, there is walking tennis and touch tennis but we believe that more can be done certainly at community level to get the message out there that you don’t need a regulation court to play tennis.
Indeed, both walking tennis and touch tennis are still not that well known to the public even now!
All it takes is a certain level of imagination by tennis leaders, coaches and organisers to follow the advice given by a true expert in this field and my personal friend Mark Bullock.
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Imagine a tennis culture where players of all abilities could interact nationwide. This is real inclusivity!
Warmest regards, Andy