Since we published our first disability strategy in 2013, we have made tremendous progress. Tennis in Great Britain has become more inclusive and accessible, with a far greater range of opportunities for disabled people to get involved and progress.
At an international level, we have excelled. Great Britain won more wheelchair tennis medals than any other nation at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, while Britain’s tennis players with a learning disability, visual impairment or hearing impairment have all won honours on the global stage. That international success is fed by a development pathway that has its roots in tennis
clubs and venues across the country. It is here where the impact of our work has been seen, with more disabled people now participating in tennis across the network of venues that we support than ever before.
We can’t, though, stand still and admire what we have achieved to date. There remains much work to do if we are to achieve our vision of making tennis a sport that is open to all, one that is inclusive and accessible for disabled people.
We have been working with disabled people for many years. Our first strategy gave us the direction and structure to bring this work together and deliver a greater impact. We’ve titled our new strategy ‘Open Court’. This is the next step on the journey, with this document outlining the four key strategic pillars our work will be focused around to take us to 2021. At the heart of our approach is creating, supporting and promoting opportunities that provide a choice for disabled people as to how they want to get involved in tennis, developing that involvement and helping them maximise their potential.
We are excited about delivering this because we know the impact our work can have. It is focussed on addressing inactivity, and delivering real improvements in physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing and personal development.
We can’t do this on our own, and will be looking to both build on our existing partnerships and develop new ones. If you like what we have to say in our disability strategy document and want to work with us or provide your support, we would love to hear from you.
Interim Executive Director