Tennis is the perfect game for anyone with a learning disability/difficulty. It can be adapted to suit any level of ability. We can make the court smaller, use bigger rackets or special balls designed to slow the game down and make it easier to play. Go along to your nearest tennis courts to see what’s available in your area, or check out our tennis camps for people with learning disabilities.
Alternatively, to find a specific learning disability tennis session near you visit our find your local session interactive map or click here for a list of sessions in an accessible document.
A great way to get started in the game is to come along to one of our one-day tennis camps for beginners. You can expect a day full of fun and friendship, at the end of which you’ll be able to play tennis. Specially trained LTA-licensed coaches will take you through a range of games and activities designed to get you started.
|Date||Location||How to book on|
|28 January||Gosling Sports Park, Welwyn Garden City|
|25 March||Grantham Tennis Club, Lincolnshire|
|13 May||Gorbals Community Indoor Tennis Centre, Glasgow|
|24 June||Wrexham Tennis Centre, North Wales|
|24 September||Bromley Tennis Centre, Kent/South London||Online booking form|
|30 September||Oxstalls Tennis Centre, Gloucestershire||Online booking form|
|18 November||John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds||Online booking form|
All camps are 11am-5pm, cost £15 and are open to anyone aged 5 years or above.
If you have any issues booking on to a camp please contact the British Tennis Services Team on 020 8487 7000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come and compete
The Tennis Foundation runs an array of learning disability tournaments for players of all abilities, junior and senior. The Learning Disability Regional Tennis Series are hosted across the UK with the National Learning Disability Tennis Championships taking place in October. Details on upcoming tournaments can be found below.
|Date||Event||Location||How to enter|
|18 – 19 February||Learning Disability Regional Tennis Tournament||John Charles Tennis Centre, Leeds||Online entry form|
|11 – 12 March||Learning Disability Regional Tennis Tournament||Gosling Tennis Centre, Welwyn Garden City||Online entry form|
|9 – 14 April||INAS Learning Disability International||Bolton Arena, Bolton|
|29 – 30 April||Learning Disability Regional Tennis Tournament||Wrexham Tennis Centre, Wrexham|
|27 – 28 May||Learning Disability Regional Tennis Tournament||Nottingham Tennis Centre, Nottingham||Online entry form|
|29 – 30 July||Learning Disability Regional Tennis Tournament||Manchester Tennis Centre, Manchester||Online entry form|
|19 August||Special Olympics Greater London Regional Tennis Tournament||Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, London||Entry Form|
|9 -10 September||Learning Disability Regional Tennis Tournament||Gorbals Community Indoor Tennis Centre, Glasgow||Online entry form|
|7 – 8 October||Learning Disability Regional Tennis Tournament||Bromley Tennis Centre, Bromley||Online entry form|
|27 – 29 October||National Learning Disability Tennis Championships||Nottingham Tennis Centre, Nottingham|
Fast track for talent
If you’ve got the talent to progress from playing for fun to competing at the highest level as a player with learning disabilities, the Game On guide is for you. It gives you the lowdown on the different pathways you can follow to reach the summit of the sport. There’s also information for coaches to help them identify players who could perform well in the elite player programme. Please click here for an accessible version of the Game On guide.