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Sound Tennis Sussex is part of  East Sussex Vision Support

Regd Charity no 209535





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Dates of Forthcoming sessions  


Updated 13/1/22


Coached sessions - now at Withdean Leisure Centre
 Sundays - generally twice a month



Regrettably Virgin Active was closed on 21st November; .



This news came as a shock to us, but we remain committed to providing accessible coached VI Tennis sessions. We have since arranged sessions at Withdean Leisure Centre, details can be found on our diary page


Outdoor Sessions at Pavilion & Avenue Tennis Club

Sessions on Tuesdays, weather permitting



Please note it is helpful to know numbers of players and volunteers attending each session Please ensure you let us know which sessions you wish to attend

We look forward to welcoming new players and volunteers

Our regional tournament was held on 21st August 2021, a report will appear here shortly


The diary page will includes date of regional and National tournaments for 2021.



We were thrilled to be presented with the Tennis Sussex award for 2019 competition of the year at the ceremony at the Amex Stadium on 2nd February 2020



Pictured above: Paul Gillett and Gill Andersson with the award
We were thrilled that Gill also won the Official of the year



See a Report from our regional Tournament held on 1st and 2nd June 2019 including a list of winners and links to the results



Maps of how to get to venues


Our AGM planned for June 2020 was cancelled due to the pandemic, a replacement date will be announced in due course





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 mostly played on standard tennis court using a standard 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.


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Sound Tennis ball and racket


Pictured above - a sound tennis racquet and ball


The standard rules of tennis apply with just a few modifications: see guide to VI Tennis 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 coach Adam Webb and previous coaches David Vellala, Ollie Miller, Jane Thomas and Kyle Rossi and to our fabulous volunteers without whom we would not have achieved anywhere near as much.


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


Guide to VI Tennis




Players £5 for coached sessions

£3 for uncoached sessions


Special annual or monthly rates for regular players at Pavilion and Avenue or King Alfred


Prospective players get first session free

No charge for volunteers


We provide the Sound Tennis balls
Rackets are available for new players to use,   


Sound Tennis Sussex is a part of East Sussex Vision Support with support from the Lawn Tennis Association in Sussex and Disability services within the LTA nationally. 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


We are grateful for the following for funding received since Aug 2017:

Brighton Lions Club
Brighton and Hove Buses
Co-op Community Fund

Waitrose - Hove



Chapman Foundation

Dan Maskell Trust


View our Project Plan (Revised Aug 17)


See the following pages to see details and photos about Sound Tennis Sussex involvement in tournaments


Tournaments 2014-16

Tournaments 2017

Tournaments 2018


Other Highlights including awards


Report on Chris Baily's successin international championship

View our Youtube Channel

Radio Reverb interview with Keith & Paul


Sound Tennis Sussex is not responsible for the content or accessibility of external sites

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We make every effort to ensure this website is accurate and up to date. Please contact if there are any errors including broken links, typos and information that is out of date


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