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Dates of Forthcoming sessions  

We have sessions at a number of venues please see full list of dates.

From 2018 most of our coached session will be held at Virgin Active, Falmer

The diary page includes dates of regional and National tournaments for 2017

NEW - You can find maps of how to get to venues


Players £5 for coached sessions

£3 for uncoached sessions

Prospective players get first two sessions free

No charge for volunteers


We provide the Sound Tennis balls
Racquets are available for new players to use, we encourage people starting to play regularly to buy their own racket   


NEWS - 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

View our Project Plan (Revised Aug 17)

Tournament News

National tournament

The 2017 tournament was held from Oct 6-8 and for the first time we had use of the courts at Loughborogh University

Chris Baily, Christine Laurence, Keith Turner, Paul Gillett and Sue Henning competed from Sussex and there were a lot of exciting matches with Chris Baily winning the men's B3 singles and teaming up with Callum Lock to win the doubles whilst Keith reached the semi finals in the B1 singles and doubles competition teaming up with Naqi Rizbi in the doubles

A Full report of the competition is available on the Tennis foundation Website


Regional tournaments

NEWS More success for STS Players at Sutton on 26th Aug 2017:

Chris Baily and Christine Laurence winning Mixed Doubles B2- B5
Chris Baily winning Men's B3 singles
Keith Turner winning Men's B1 singles
Keith Turner winning Mixed Doubles for B1s with Maria O'Shodi
Christine Laurence runner up in Ladies B3 singles
Sue Henning wins Ladies consolation

See full report



Chris Baily won the first ever international VI Tennis tournament in Spain and with that became world number 1 ranked B3 player, many congratulations to Chris and the rest of the GB team. Full report now available

More details on our facebook page and via the Tennis foundation 

NEWS - 2017 National tournament change of date and time,
This will now be held between Friday 6th October and Sunday 8th October at the Dan Maskell Centre in Loughborough 

See a report on our 2017 Tournament held at Withdean on 22nd April

Our AGM This year was held on 26 May 2017 at 5.30pm at Possability Place, Windlesham Avenue, Brighton. Minutes etc from last years AGM can be found on our news page


NEW - We are currently receiving funding through the Co-op community fund. If you are a co-op member and select us as your cause then we will receive income every time you use the co-op card in one of their stores (note there may be some restrictions on the area covered)


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


Jane receivinmg Coach award


Pictured above - Jane receiving award


in 2016, 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 2016 in 6 hours 48 mins raising funds for Sound Tennis Sussex


Details of the run



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




Tennis in Sussex award 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

Join our Facebook Page            Follow us on Twitter   See latest tweets

View our Youtube Channel      Radio Reverb interview

Click here see reports and photos from the National Championships and a friendly tournament at Eastbourne

See a film of Sound Tennis Sussex (below) taken for the Brighton & Hove City Council awards ceremony 2014


We are very grateful to all our funders and other supporters, see our news page for details


Page for our tournament held on Saturday 11th April 2015 including results  

Press release relating to our becoming part of ESAB (Mar 2015)

See 2015 Tournament video



The 2016 Tournament was held on Saturday 2nd April 2016. In 2017 we changed things around and held a mixed doubles tournament, watch this space to see what we decide for 2018


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 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.

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 Jane Thomas and to our fabuloua 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

Guidelines on playing Sound Tennis


Launch day at Sound Tennis



















Pictured above - players and helpers

at the launch on 28th Feb 2014

(c) The Argus, used with permission



Link to Youtube channel through   Google+


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