Dates of Forthcoming sessions
Starting September 2016, We have been running twice weekly sessions at the Pavilion & Avenue Lawn Tennis Club, The Droveway, Hove as well as regular sessions at Withdean Sports Complex. This is an exciting opportunity and will hopefully give us more opportunities to promote the sport as well as increasing opportunities in Brighton & Hove to play.
Our AGM was held on June 2nd at Space for Change, Windlesham Avenue, Brighton. Minutes etc can be found on our news page
Congratulations to our coach Jane Thomas on being awarded National Visually Impaired Tennis Coach of the Year for 2016, the award was presented at the National Championships in October 2016
Pictured above - Jane receiving award
Sound Tennis Sussex won ESAB cup challenge v Metro
See here for report, pictures and results from our second tournament
Congratulations to Frances Baily who completed the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 17th April in 6 hours 48 mins raising funds for Sound Tennis Sussex
Sound Tennis Sussex won the Tennis in Sussex Disability Programme Award presented at ceremony at the Amex Stadium on November 14th 2015
Subsequent to this we heard that we were also regional winners
Pictured above - receiving the disability
programme award (l-r) Sue Henning,
Paul Gillett, Chris Baily, Christine Laurence
and Cliff Jenkins
Sound Tennis Sussex is a part of ESAB with support from the Lawn Tennis Association. We are keen to see the sport develop across our county and beyond and have been active in starting groups in Eastbourne and Shoreham as well as our base in Brighton and Hove
Click here see reports and photos from the National Championships and a friendly tournament at Eastbourne
Fees: £3 for players, volunteer support welcomed.
Annual membership £5 (year to Mar 2017), includes 1 free session for new players
We supply the rackets plus sound tennis balls
See a film of Sound Tennis Sussex (below) taken for the Brighton & Hove City Council awards ceremony 2014
See 2015 Tournament video
The 2016 Tournament was held on Saturday 2nd April 2016
Introduction to Sound Tennis
Sound Ball Tennis aka Blind Tennis is a new and exciting
sport for blind and partially sighted people.
The game is played on either a badminton court or a standard tennis court using a short tennis racket and an adapted spongy ball that makes a noise when it bounces. Balls can be either black or florescent green to give maximum contrast with the colour of the sports hall.
Pictured above - a sound tennis racquet and ball
The standard rules of tennis apply with just a few modifications: if you’re totally blind you’re allowed three bounces; and if partially sighted you’re allowed two!
We are grateful for the support of tennis coaches Jane Thomas and Ollie Miller who are leading the sessions, There are also many competitions throughout the year in which you might like to take part. But Sound Tennis is not just for the competitive, it is a very social game and a great way to get or stay fit
Pictured above - players and helpers
at the launch on 28th Feb 2014
(c) The Argus, used with permission
Link to Youtube channel through Google+