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VI Tennis Championships – 24 Aug

Middlesex & Surrey County Championships - VI Tennis Event

Middlesex & Surrey County Championships

Visually Impaired Tennis Event

You are invited to take part in this event. Please find below further details and the entry form you need to return:

Date: Sat 24  August 2019  Time: Play Starts – 10.00 am
Venue: Westway Sports Centre, 1 Crowthorne Rd, London W10 6RP
Entry Fee: £20  Contact: Event Organiser: Mark Bullock
Email: mark.bullock@middlesextennis.org.uk
Tournament Referee: Gill Andersson

COMPLETE AND RETURN ENTRY FORM 
Link  to Entry form here:  Entry Form
Email: mark.bullock@middlesextennis.org.uk

SURFACE

Indoor Acrylic at Westway Sports Centre, 1 Crowthorne Rd, London W10 6RP

LIKELY FORMAT

  • Men’s singles    –  Fast 4 sets*
  • Ladies singles  –  Fast 4 sets*
  • Doubles             –  Fast 4 sets*

*please note that the above is subject to change by the tournament director or referee. Sight classifications will depend on the entry.  Doubles pairs will be drawn by lot.

 

 

Our Tennis Videos are Live!

Our 3 Blind & VI Tennis Videos are Live!

A new series of videos on blind and vision impaired Tennis

On 12th June, Metro Blind Sport have released a new series of videos to improve the delivery, understanding and participation of visually impaired tennis. The videos are being launched to coincide with the start of the International Blind Tennis Tournament 2019 in Benidorm where three Metro Blind Sport members are taking part.

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A recent Sport England Active People Survey showed disabled people are half as likely to be active as non-disabled. With support from the Greater London Fund for the Blind and the Masonic Charitable Foundation, Metro Blind Sport has created a series of videos to help to reverse this trend.

The three tennis videos are designed to show how visually impaired tennis is played, how to take part and the benefits it has on participants. The videos will share first-hand experiences from people with a variety of visual impairments, so others can learn from their stories, helping them to understand the health and social benefits of playing tennis.

Below a playlist showing all three tennis videos

Visually impaired tennis is one of the fastest growing disability sports. As well as showcasing the sport to participants, the videos are an ideal resource for coaches who want to support the growth of visually impaired tennis.

Martin Symcox, CEO of Metro Blind Sport

“Metro Blind Sport are delighted with the growth of the VI tennis, since Metro members introduced the sport to the UK in 2007. Visually impaired people have told us that they are unaware of the opportunities that exist, and these videos are intended to demonstrate how blind and partially sighted can get involved and get active in an extremely popular VI sport.

Odette Batarell, Tennis Lead of Metro Blind Sport and International VI Tennis Player

“In early 2007 I received an email, inviting me to a demonstration of tennis for blind people by Japanese players. My first reaction was “How is this going to work?”, I was not sure I really wanted to go but in the end, I thought well why not, let’s find out what it is all about.

I loved the demonstration by Miyoshi Takei and Ayako Matsui and just before leaving I gave my email address and said I would be interested in joining a group that would play on a regular basis in London.

In the same year, Metro Blind Sport had created the first VI tennis tournament in the UK and the sport has grown significantly since then. Alongside other Metro members, I have travelled to Japan, USA, Ireland and Germany to promote the sport. Like me, many others have enjoyed the game, now playing regularly and it is become an international sport with international competitions.

Mark Bullock, Middlesex Tennis Disabilities Coordinator and Advisor in Inclusive Sport

“Tennis for people who are visually impaired is very exciting as to where the sport is to go next. It is the fastest growing disability tennis programme in the UK right now. I hope that the videos really encourage even more participation and support those coaches wanting to get involved with disability tennis.”

 

Metro Tennis Tournament 2019

Metro Tennis Tournament 2019 and Photo Gallery!

Metro Blind Sport Tennis Tournament 2019

On Sunday 17th February 2019 twenty-six blind and partially sighted players came together to compete in the Metro Blind Sports tennis tournament at the GLL Islington Tennis Centre.

The players were supported by a team of dedicated volunteers and LTA officials and the event was a great success.

The B1 category for blind players was played as a singles event and the partially sighted players played a doubles event, one for male players and one for female players.

Players came from across London to take part and there was a mixture of junior and senior players paired together. There was also a mixture of experienced international players playing with, and against, newer Metro Blind Sport players.

There was some excellent shot making throughout the day and although there was a strong competitive edge throughout, the event was played in an excellent spirit with players supporting each other the whole time.

 Ewan Hayward said

‘I was honoured to compete in the annual Metro Tennis Tournament on Sunday and it was undoubtedly a great day for all. As a junior myself, I’d without a doubt encourage other junior players to compete in tournaments such as what took place on Sunday because it’s a great platform to develop your tennis skills and compete with other people in the VI tennis community’.

 

Martin Symcox, CEO of Metro Blind Sport said of the event, ‘Sunday was a resounding success for all involved. This annual event gives our members the opportunity to compete against each other in a very well organised tournament, with experienced LTA officials and a willing group of volunteers’.

The atmosphere during the day was exceptional and the quality of play was clear to see. It was fantastic to see the experienced players supporting the newer and younger Metro Blind Sport players.

Congratulations to all of those involved, with special acknowledgement to our winners and finalists.’

 report by Martin Symcox

Results

  • B1 Winner:  Naqi Rizvi
  • B1 Runner Up:  Monica Smith
  • Men’s Doubles Partially Sighted Winners:  Matt Page and Ewan Hayward
  • Men’s Doubles Partially Sighted Runners Up:  Eamonn Shearing and Ivan Rodriguez-Deb
  • Women’s Doubles Partially Sighted Winners:  Brenda Cassell and Amanda Green
  • Women’s Doubles Partially Sighted Runners Up:  Louise Evans and Helen Potter

 

VI Tennis in Bromley – 15 July!

VI Tennis in Bromley 2018
Venue:
Bromley Tennis Centre, Avebury Road, Orpington BR6 9SA
Time:
2.00pm - 4.00pm
Phone:
0203 815 3660
Date:
15th July 2018
Cost:
£4 per session.


The Tennis Foundation are holding monthly sessions for blind and visually impaired people.

When: Sunday 15th July 2018
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Where: Bromley Tennis Centre, Avebury Road, Orpington BR6 9SA
Cost: £4 per session.
Travel: Nearest train station is Orpington – direct National Rail trains from Bromley South, Victoria, Lewisham and London Bridge.
Bus routes to Orpington station include:  208 from Lewisham or Bromley,  61, 353, 654, 51, 358 and B14.
The centre is approx.  20minute walk from Orpington Station.

A meet and greet service is available from SELVis on request. You may consider sharing a taxi with other participants.

Come and try out this fun and very popular sport for blind and partially sighted people. There are some adaptions to the standard rules of tennis, using a sponge soundball and junior sized tennis racquets.

Please wear suitable clothing and trainers.
To arrange a meeting point please contact Jessica Beal at SELVis on 0203 815 3660 / 07866 926668 Email: Jessica.Beal@selvis.org.uk

 

VI Tennis in Bromley – 24 June!

VI Tennis in Bromley 2018
Venue:
Bromley Tennis Centre, Avebury Road, Orpington BR6 9SA
Time:
2.00pm - 4.00pm
Phone:
0203 815 3660
Date:
24th June 2018
Cost:
£4 per session.


The Tennis Foundation are holding monthly sessions for blind and visually impaired people.

When: Sunday 24th June 2018
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Where: Bromley Tennis Centre, Avebury Road, Orpington BR6 9SA
Cost: £4 per session.
Travel: Nearest train station is Orpington – direct National Rail trains from Bromley South, Victoria, Lewisham and London Bridge.
Bus routes to Orpington station include:  208 from Lewisham or Bromley,  61, 353, 654, 51, 358 and B14.
The centre is approx.  20minute walk from Orpington Station.

A meet and greet service is available from SELVis on request. You may consider sharing a taxi with other participants.

Come and try out this fun and very popular sport for blind and partially sighted people. There are some adaptions to the standard rules of tennis, using a sponge soundball and junior sized tennis racquets.

Please wear suitable clothing and trainers.
To arrange a meeting point please contact Jessica Beal at SELVis on 0203 815 3660 / 07866 926668 Email: Jessica.Beal@selvis.org.uk