The Tennis Foundation, Great Britain’s leading tennis charity, has announced energy company E.ON will be supporting this week’s Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Nottingham.
E.ON will support the Tennis Foundation in building awareness and interest in the event. The charity hosts the tournament, which runs from 17-22 July, as a platform to both raise the profile of wheelchair tennis and inspire more disabled people to pick up a racket and play. To facilitate that, tickets to watch the action at Nottingham Tennis Centre are being made available free of charge, while the final four days of the event will also be streamed live by the BBC.
The week is real celebration of disability sport. The British Open is one of only six ITF Super Series tournaments on the worldwide UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, alongside events in Australia, Japan, France and the USA, and will feature a host of Grand Slam champions and Paralympic medallists.
Alongside the main Super Series event there are also tournaments for juniors and for up and coming players looking to progress towards international competition. Throughout the week the is an engagement programme for local schools and community groups, and a free ‘Come & Try Tennis’ session on Saturday 21 July at which anyone can have a go at tennis, as well as experience playing wheelchair tennis and other forms of disability tennis.
Joanna Farquharson, Interim Executive Director at the Tennis Foundation, said: “We are delighted to have a company of E.ON’s stature and values supporting this year’s British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championship, particularly because they have such strong local ties. We work to make tennis a sport which is inclusive and accessible to all, and so this agreement provides a real boost towards us reaching more people with that message.
“E.ON’s involvement with the British Open is reflection of just how much the sport and this tournament in particular is progressing. We have already had an incredible response to our offer of providing free tickets this year, and we would encourage anyone to take the opportunity to come along next week and see some world class tennis free of charge”.
E.ON, which was last year named as one of the top 50 UK employers for promoting an inclusive environment for a diverse workforce, employs about 5,000 people in Nottinghamshire. The energy company’s support of the British Open will involve them promoting it to their workforce, as well as providing volunteers to assist with the event.
Nigel Dewbery, Head of Energy Efficiency at E.ON, said: “We’re really proud to be supporting the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championship in Nottingham and really looking forward to being part of this event which brings the whole of the community together.
“Working with our local communities is at the heart of what we do at E.ON and events like this are a great opportunity to be able to talk to people face to face about the additional support available for people to better control their energy use. At E.ON we have a variety of ways we help people to understand and manage energy use and costs, from a range of energy solutions for people’s homes, to financial support available for those who are struggling with their energy costs. We look forward to supporting the event to share this information.”
The Tennis Foundation works to open up tennis to its priority audiences of disabled people, young people in education and in lower socio-economic communities – making it possible for them to enjoy the many health and social benefits of the sport whilst maximising their personal potential.
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