It's fantastic that Halton has embraced disability tennis in such a positive fashion.
Ian Martin, wheelchair player
Inclusive Tennis Festival
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Each year we hold an Inclusive Tennis Festival. The afternoon usually kicks off at 1pm with a wheelchair tennis demonstration and is followed by a whole range of activities designed to involve all ages and disabilities, as well as families and friends. The event was so successful last year (see details below) that we have decided to run it along the same lines.
Terry McGrath, a life-long supporter of Halton Tennis Centre, said "What a brilliant afternoon - seeing so many people enjoy fun tennis activities irrespective of whether they are blind, are in a wheelchair, have had a stroke or have learning disabilities is just brilliant .... the work Halton is doing to deliver tennis to these people is just inspirational - Alex Barnes, our disability coach, and Tom Wood, the head of disability tennis, should be very proud of their achievements".
Children's tennis included fun games for local youngsters with Learning Disabilities and Down's Syndrome. Other activities on the day included fastest serve, Babolat Racket tests, face painting, rowing competitions, Tombola, live music from Danny's Band 'Lost Minute' and a demonstration from Halton's Performance Tennis Players.
Jordan Luce, a 19 yr old French man and a top level basketball player said "I want to thank you for this amazing day I had at the Tennis Festival. It was great to meet you and have the opportunity to see your exceptional facilities. I was so surprised to see how excited people were for disabled sport in England and I was really sad to realise we are really far behind in France. I hope soon people will realise in France we need to be more interested in wheelchair sport, particularly introducing children like you have been doing. Your day was a total success, and everybody looked to be having a great time!"
The Festival proved to be a highlight of our calendar, celebrating an important area of the Halton tennis experience.