Wheelchair tennis gives the feel good factor

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Penny Harrison, 15, is a regular attendant of the Whizz-Kidz Club in Sheffield. She recently attended the sports session and said: “I don’t get the opportunity to participate in sporting activities as often as I would like, so whenever I find out that Whizz-Kidz is hosting one I immediately sign-up to attend.

“The activities were thoroughly enjoyable – I always get such a ‘feel-good’ factor from being active, and I’m pleased to say that my serving and ball-passing skills have really improved. I particularly enjoyed the tennis session because I got to play in teams – it’s just so much fun socialising with other young people that love participating in the sports activity as much as I do.”

The wheelchair tennis session was taught by Andy Bell from TennisAbility, who provides lessons for disabled children and young people to bring out the best in their abilities. The club also saw the young people involved in a wheelchair basketball session, taught by coach Andy Atkinson, who helps young people improve their hand-and-eye coordination techniques when passing and catching the ball.

Made possible by the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, the Whizz-Kidz Club enabled disabled children and young people to come together and learn new skills, interact with one another, and further their personal development.

Katie Bradshaw, Whizz-Kidz Service Delivery Manager for the North East said: “The sports workshop is such great fun – everyone from the staff, volunteers, and most importantly the young people all had a brilliant time! I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the external providers who helped run the activities – the young people have honestly learnt so much more about the sports and keeping fit.

“Seeing the young people benefit from the workshop is so encouraging – a few of them are now requesting for sports wheelchairs from Whizz-Kidz, so they can take up tennis and basketball professionally!”

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