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Sound Tennis Sussex is part of the East Sussex Association of Blind and Partially sighted people

Regd Charity no 209535

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Project plan 2017-20

 

Introduction

 

Sound Tennis Sussex is committed to being an inclusive and welcoming sport for visually impaired (VI) people of all ages and abilities.

 

Whilst encouraging players to develop their skills and offering opportunities for competition, we are keen that the sport will promote health and wellbeing reducing isolation by providing an enjoyable environmental for meeting new friends and offering an outlet to support people coming to terms with sight loss.   

 

Highlights to date

  Launched Feb 2014

  Inaugurated as Sports Club, Constitution approved

  Initially using Badminton Courts at King Alfred Leisure Centre

  Monthly sessions run at Withdean Sports Complex since Aug 2014

  Group membership with Pavilion & Avenue Tennis Club allowed more regular practice from Sept 2016  

  Participated and Promoted Sound Tennis at local events including Take Part Sports Festival

  Became Part of East Sussex Association of Blind & Partially Sighted People (ESAB) in Apr 2015. assisting in raising awareness of sight loss and promoting tennis as a mean of encouraging independent and active living

  Nominated and won Brighton & Hove City Council Active Participation award in 2014

  Won Tennis Sussex County and Regional Disability programme for 2016

  Players competing regularly at Regional & National VI Tennis Championships, bringing back several trophies

  One of our players won international VI tennis competition in Spain becoming World No 1 B3 player

  Coach, Jane Thomas, awarded VI coach of the year 2016

  8 regular players and 5 volunteers as at Aug 2017

  Involved in setting up VI tennis group in Eastbourne

  Assisted in setting up weekly sound tennis sessions at Southwick

  Worked with Tennis Sussex and Tennis Foundation to promote awareness

  Accessible Website launched and Active Facebook page created, 67 members to Aug 2017

  Created Youtube channel including an information/instructions video

  Promoted on Regional and local radio TV and internet radio stations

 

 

Currently in process

  Securing ongoing funding and sponsorship

  Publicity

  Developing national and county wide links with mainstream tennis and other sight loss organisations

 

Future plans (as resources allow)

  Plan to target and promote the sport to young visually impaired people. Visiting schools and discussing with relevant professions.

  Taster sessions in schools and colleges and for sight loss groups

  Training members and volunteers as coaches and officials

  Increasing Public awareness through local radio and press, sports clubs and bodies, posters and social media etc.

  Broadening geographic reach local bases across Sussex

  Attending training camps at home and abroad

 

Document date

August 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Project plan 2017-20

Introduction

Sound Tennis Sussex is committed to being an inclusive and welcoming sport for visually impaired (VI) people of all ages and abilities.

Whilst encouraging players to develop their skills and offering opportunities for competition, we are keen that the sport will promote health and wellbeing reducing isolation by providing an enjoyable environmental for meeting new friends and offering an outlet to support people coming to terms with sight loss.   

 

Highlights to date

       Launched Feb 2014

       Inaugurated as Sports Club, Constitution approved

       Initially using Badminton Courts at King Alfred Leisure Centre

       Monthly sessions run at Withdean Sports Complex since Aug 2014

       Group membership with Pavilion & Avenue Tennis Club allowed more regular practice from Sept 2016  

       Participated and Promoted Sound Tennis at local events including Take Part Sports Festival

       Became Part of East Sussex Association of Blind & Partially Sighted People (ESAB) in Apr 2015. assisting in raising awareness of sight loss and promoting tennis as a mean of encouraging independent and active living

       Nominated and won Brighton & Hove City Council Active Participation award in 2014

       Won Tennis Sussex County and Regional Disability programme for 2016

       Players competing regularly at Regional & National VI Tennis Championships, bringing back several trophies

       One of our players won international VI tennis competition in Spain becoming World No 1 B3 player

       Coach, Jane Thomas, awarded VI coach of the year 2016

       8 regular players and 5 volunteers as at Aug 2017

       Involved in setting up VI tennis group in Eastbourne

       Assisted in setting up weekly sound tennis sessions at Southwick

       Worked with Tennis Sussex and Tennis Foundation to promote awareness

       Accessible Website launched and Active Facebook page created, 67 members to Aug 2017

       Created Youtube channel including an information/instructions video

       Promoted on Regional and local radio TV and radio and internet radio stations

 

 

Currently in process

       Securing ongoing funding and sponsorship

       Publicity

       Developing national and county wide links with mainstream tennis and other sight loss organisations

 

Future plans (as resources allow)

       Plan to target and promote the sport to young visually impaired people. Visiting schools and discussing with relevant professions.

       Taster sessions in schools and colleges and for sight loss groups

       Training members and volunteers as coaches and officials

       Increasing Public awareness through local radio and press, sports clubs and bodies, posters and social media etc.

       Broadening geographic reach local bases across Sussex

       Attending training camps at home and abroad

 

Document date

August 2017