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Heron's disability project

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 28, 2012

  • LOVE GAME: Budding young tennis players of all abillities and levels of fitness turned up at the Heron Tennis Centre for the new sessions of partially and disabled tennis coaching. Some of the players are pictured with coaches Paul Roberts and Steve Hillman.

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THE recent Paralympics have been a marvellous showcase for disability sport and some of the greatest benefits have been to make so many people aware of just what can be achieved and also the opportunities that are available.

At Heron Tennis Centre in Newquay they already have a good number of keen players taking part in their disability programme but they are looking for more. The sessions take place on Sunday mornings from 10.30am to noon and are open to players with any sort of disability (learning and physical). Both regular tennis and wheelchair tennis are coached and all equipment is provided, including specialist sports chairs.

Another good thing about the programme is that brothers and sisters of any disabled players taking part are also very welcome to join in.

The sessions are subsidised, thanks to funding support received through the Sportivate Scheme, and cost £1.50 per week.

The sessions are jointly run by Steve Hillman, Cornwall's inclusion officer, and Paul Roberts, Heron's tennis development officer, and both Paul and Steve would really encourage anybody just thinking of having a go to please come along.

Whatever level you are at and however tricky you think it might be, just go and give it a try and you might be pleasantly surprised by what can be achieved.

If you can't make the Sundays, but would still like to try, please also let Heron know and they will see if they can find another time for you.

If you would like any further information or wish to book a place on the sessions, please contact Paul Roberts on 01637 877555.

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