Fabulous day at the British Open Wheelchair Championships

LUSU joined the LTA, Andy Bell and Paul Singleton to deliver a CPD training course at Nottingham – building and developing an inclusive tennis programme.

A group photos with the coaches
What a great CPD

What a great day being part of the delivery team, training up 28 coaches on building and developing an inclusive tennis programme. The CPD took part alongside the British Open Wheelchair Championships held at Nottingham Tennis Centre.

The coaches started with a Q&A on programme development before hitting the court to look at wheelchair tennis. Tactics, chair set up and a few useful tips were shared, before the coaches had the fantastic opportunity to wander around the courts at Nottingham, where they could watch the players such as Gordon Reid (GB), Lucy Shuker (GB), Aniek Van Koot (Dutch) and Jiske Griffioen(Dutch) who had all played the previous week at Wimbledon.

As the coaches enjoyed lunch, Andy and Sue led a come and try session, which was very popular with the officials!

In the afternoon the coaches were led through a variety of scenarios using the LUSUKit and they all increased their confidence in creating an inclusive environment for learning disabilities and visually impaired tennis.

After our on court session, we also got to meet Billy Monger, who not only inspires through his personal story but continues to increase his comfort zone by raising money via his comic relief triathlon. It was great to chat about wheelchair tennis and F1.

Lou ad Sue have their photo with Billy Monger
Poor Billy, surrounded by Lou & Sue

What a day – if you are in the Nottingham area, then please do visit the British Open Wheelchair Championships, there’s some great tennis to watch. If you can’t make it to Nottingham, why not watch the live stream from the comfort of your home.

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