After a heavily disrupted winter due to COVID-19, last week Metro Blind Sport celebrated reaching the half-way stage of their visually impaired tennis grant. Having started the soundball tennis sessions back in October everyone involved was relieved when the sessions were able to restart in April after such a long absence.
It has been brilliant to be back on court with the players after a long period of absence with some online delivery. It is great to see the players passion to return to the sport and their enthusiasm and commitment to the sessions. It has also been great to see some new faces too.
Coach, Mark Bullock
Since its restart in April the number of participants involved has been very encouraging with a lot of new comers joining the sessions, as well as some previous players who had not played any tennis since the first lockdown in March 2020.Overall just under 30 people have benefitted from the sessions with blind and partially sighted players taking part. As society continues to take steps back towards normality Metro hope to have more blind players attending the sessions, as many currently have some reservations about travelling on public transport. The number of returnees each week has really highlighted the enjoyment that players have found in being back on court.
Starting tennis again after 5 months of not playing has totally re-energised me. It is fantastic to see my friends and volunteers and get a good 2 hours of exercise. I look forward to Wednesdays again.
Blind Female Player
With society starting to open up once more, and infection rates continuing to decline QCF and Metro are hopeful that the remaining sessions will be able to run without disruption and hopefully more players will feel confident enough to attend once more. If you are interested in learning more about VI tennis then click here to read our article on James’ visit to a session back in October. And if you are interested in participating or volunteering with the sessions then please contact Martin Symcox from Metro Blind Sport by clicking here.