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Learning disability tennis

Learning disability tennis

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.

Have-a-go camps

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 2018 (10am-4pm) Gosling Sports Park, Welwyn Garden City Click here for online the form
25 March 2018 Grantham Tennis Club, Lincolnshire Click here for the online form
14 April 2018 Oxstalls Tennis Centre, Gloucestershire Click here for the online form
12 May 2018 Gorbals Indoor Tennis Centre, Glasgow Click here for the online form
17 June 2018 Bromley Tennis Centre, Kent/South London Click here for the online form
13 October 2018 Liverpool Tennis Centre, Lancashire Click here for the online form
17 November 2018 John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds Click here for the online form

All camps are 11am-5pm unless a different time is stated, 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 info@tennisfoundation.org.uk.

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.

Game On (Great Britain’s Disability Tennis Pathway)
Game On (Great Britain’s Disability Tennis Pathway)