We are pleased to share the blog written by Mark Bullock for Middlesex Tennis, which can be found at https://www.middlesex.tennis/news/blind-b1-tennis-camp-held-at-islington
Blind (B1) Tennis Camp held at Islington February 27, 2019
Six players took part in the Metro Blind Sports B1 Tennis Camp at Islington Tennis Centre on Monday 25th February. The National Visually Impaired Tennis Coach Louise Assioun led the camp assisted by Middlesex Tennis Disabilities Coordinator Mark Bullock. B1 players are blind and play on a smaller court with a lower net and tactile lines.
Players took part in warm up activity, movement exercises, drills, games, tactical scenarios and match play. Volunteers from Highgate Tennis Club who also support the regular B1 sessions at the same venue supported the camp.
Louise commented, ‘It was great to be invited to Islington to deliver the B1 Tennis Camp on Monday. A fantastic day of tennis due to the players embracing the variety of warm ups, tracking progressions and tennis drills on court with a northern twist! The players demonstrated their love of the game and hope they take some of the tips into their regular sessions. A massive thank you to the exceptional volunteers from Metro, who assisted and were fundamental to the success of the day. I am looking forward to watching the players continue to develop their tennis.’
Masuma Ali said ‘I really enjoyed the B1 camp and it provided me with new techniques to think about when playing tennis. Louise has an easy ability to view play from a B1 perspective, which positively comes across in her coaching. In addition, Louise is keen to hear what players have to say and gain further knowledge.’
For more information on visually impaired tennis go to: https://www.tennisfoundation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/A-Guide-to-Visually-Impaired-Tennis.pdf