Inclusive Tennis Group Saved

7th January 2016 - posted by Lucy Hamlin

A group of young people with and without learning disabilities are celebrating after managing to secure sponsorship and grant funding for their weekly Tennis sessions.

8 young people have been regularly enjoying tennis coaching at the Ribble Valley Tennis Centre, Clitheroe, for over a year. Initially set up by Spring into Action, with funding from Lancashire Sport and Lancashire County Council, the sessions were highly discounted at £2 per week. Ribble Valley Crossroads Care, court sponsorship from two regular players from the Tennis Centre and donations through crowd funding has enabled the sessions to continue running at a relatively low cost to players. Spring Into Action launched a campaign in November to find sponsors to keep the sessions going in 2016, otherwise the sessions would have had to end at Christmas.

One young person attending the group said: “If I didn’t come to Tennis, I literally would not have a social life.”

Another young person added: “I enjoy going to tennis because it keeps me busy and fit and it's exciting.”

Tennis is traditionally an expensive sport, and if we were we to charge young people the full amount, they would be paying £9 each per week, which is too expensive for many of them to afford.

Spring into Action can now confirm that they have received grant funding from the Dan Maskill Tennis Trust and sponsorship from H-Squared Ltd and a donation from Per Pro Shire Oak Charitable Trust, which enables the group to run for at least another six months.

Rachael McHugh, Director said: “We are grateful that we have received some funds to enable us to continue providing Tennis coaching to the young people who see it as an important part of their social calendars.”