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Festival of tennis.

A SUCCESSFUL Learning Disability Festival of Tennis was held at the Dan Maskell Centre at Loughborough University on Tuesday (February 20).

Martyn Whait, Director of Inside Out Tennis said "The Wheelchair Masters Event was held here at the end of the 2017. An aspect following on from that event was the Tennis Foundation seeking funding from Sport England for post-Masters legacy events, such as Heartsmart for those who have experienced cardiac medical treatment, and for mental health tennis sessions.

"This request for funding includes Learning Disability tennis, and Dawn Upton is the Inside Out Tennis Co-ordinator who liaises with Special Education Needs Schools and organisations, and was the lead for today.

"The inaugural event was held at Loughborough Lawn Tennis Club last July, and following the success of that day we decided to hold a Festival of Tennis, which today has been. There were around 35 to 40 players here today, of all ages, and we intend to run a similar event this coming Summer in Loughborough.

"Our aim at Inside Out Tennis is to put in place a series of Learning Disability tennis events throughout Leicestershire, like a tennis tour.

"The players all enjoyed themselves. I must also thank all who assisted today in making it so successful.

"As well as those who brought the players here, all at Inside Out Tennis, members of Loughborough Lawn Tennis Club, coaches who came in from outside Loughborough, including the coaches from the David Lloyd Club in Derby and Syston Northfields Lawn Tennis Club. Many thanks, as well, to all at Loughborough University who assisted."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Loughborough Echo (Loughborough, England)
Date:Feb 28, 2018
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