E. [email protected] Titwood Lawn Tennis Club, Glencairn Gardens, Glasgow G41 4LN
E. [email protected] Titwood Lawn Tennis Club, Glencairn Gardens, Glasgow G41 4LN

Tennis opens up to disabilities in groundbreaking event

Tennis is to be promoted as a sport for people of all ages with disabilities at a groundbreaking event in Glasgow this weekend.

Children and adults, including the deaf and hearing impaired and those with learning difficulties, will be the guests of Titwood Tennis Club in Pollokshields on Saturday (23 April). The two hour event will feature fun ball games and mini tennis, provided by professional coaches. 

Two young men with learning disabilities, who are members of mainstream tennis clubs, will showcase their skills in an exhibition match. Greg Coultas is a member at Titwood, one of the oldest clubs in the city, and Callum Osterberg plays at the Thorntonhall club. Both are coached by Lesley Whitehead of the Glasgow Disability Sports Group.

Allwyn Crawford, Additional Support Needs Consultant Co-ordinator at Promoting Inclusion Through Sport which is organising the event in association with The Advisory Group (TAG), said: “It will be a very light-hearted, informal morning which we hope will encourage those with disabilities to become more involved with sport, especially tennis. They will experience for themselves the mental and physical benefits this can bring.”

“It will be a fun, informal and safe morning with sport, particularly tennis, at the heart of it,” added Neil Connelly, TAG’s Community Sport and Health Coordinator. “It’s great that Titwood Tennis Club has opened up its doors and matched our excitement for the day since Day One. We are hoping the event will be the catalyst for many more and inspire people to try out sports they may have never thought about before.”

Titwood Tennis Club Secretary Scott Thornton commented: “We are delighted to provide the facilities, experience and expertise to demonstrate that tennis can be a marvellous year-round activity for everyone. We’re keen for people with any disability to take up and enjoy tennis, and are confident this initiative will have many positive outcomes.”

Greg Coultas’ father David said: “My son loves tennis – not only playing at Titwood but, successfully, in tournaments elsewhere. Tennis has increased his confidence and allowed him to form new friendships.”

Volunteers with experience of working with those with additional special needs will join a team from Titwood including club coach Stuart Clark.

For more information or to register attendance email [email protected], [email protected], or [email protected], or call 0141 552 4800. Alternatively, participants or their families or carers can just turn up. The event starts at 10 am.