Wheelchair Tennis Program
Come And Try
Tennis Academy Perth currently runs free wheelchair tennis program which we see as a small but important step to making our inclusive tennis vision a reality.
We run free wheelchair tennis coaching sessions on Wednesday mornings at 10am and on some Saturday morning at Manning Tennis Club where we have the privilege of working with our inspiring participants.
These sessions act as a regular ‘come and try’ day for those interested in trying the sport as well as coaching sessions complete with training drills to improve participation’ playing ability.
Since our first official coaching session in early 2020, we’ve sought to enhance the quality of our coaching program through research and on-court learning, tailoring drills to different players. Pleasingly, we’ve seen our participation numbers grow with players of different ages and different abilities now involved.
Our short experience has increased our awareness of how expensive equipment, like sports wheelchairs are, recognising the huge barrier they present to people who want to try the game. To address this, together with Manning Tennis Club, we’ve worked closely with Tennis West to lease four sports wheelchairs (3 adult and 1 junior) which players can borrow for use during these sessions.
If you are an existing wheelchair tennis player or never played before but would like to try, please get in touch with us or Manning Tennis Club so we can work with you to ensure you get to try the game. We also welcome players who have injuries requiring them to stay off their feet.
Join Our Efforts To Break Down Barriers
Our goal is to pave the way for more clubs, coaches and tennis players to be involved in inclusive tennis. We’re always keen to collaborate with others to find ways to make inclusive tennis more widespread. If you’re a club, we’d be happy to chat with you to see what you might need to do facilities wise. If you’re a coach or simply a tennis player who wants to be involved, we’d love to have you come and help out and we always have an open invitation to anyone who wants to come down to a wheelchair tennis session to see what we do.
Wheelchair tennis is one of many inclusive tennis programs and each one of them has their own nuances with regards to equipment, abilities and support required. We have a vision but we know there’s much we don’t know about that we need to learn.
We’re currently working with Tennis Australia, Tennis West and organisations like APM, Rebound WA and Dreamcourt (a program in the United States) to develop our vision going forward. However, if you’re an organisation or individual that has any advice or would like to be a part of (volunteer) or support the development of such a program, please get in touch with us or Manning Tennis Club as the more hands we have in this battle to break down barriers, the quicker we would be able to do so.