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VI/Blind Tennis

Cork Sports Partnership in partnership with Tennis Ireland & Vision Sports Ireland are delighted to announce a new VI / Blind Tennis programme. This programme is delivered through Tennis Ireland - Enjoy Tennis

This is a 4 week beginner tennis programme aimed at adults who are blind or have a vision impairment. The weekly sessions will focus on introducing players to tennis in a fun and safe outdoor environment. 

  • Tuesday 4-5pm
  • Commences Tues 1st June and will take place Tues 8th June | 15th June | 22nd June 
  • NEW Dates Added: Tues 6th July and will take place Tues 6th July | 13th July | 20th July | 27th July 
  • Ballinlough Tennis Club (Click here for link on google maps)
  • Supported by Tennis Ireland Enjoy Tennis and offered Free of Charge!
  • Sessions will be outdoors on a tennis court & equipment will be provided to all players
  • Led by a Tennis Ireland Qualified Coach 
  • Limited Spaces Available! 
  • To Register Email kfeeney@corksports.ie or simply CLICK HERE
  • Download Poster HERE

Volunteers 

  • If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for this programme please email Liz Clifford Liz.rdo@tennisireland.ie 
  • As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to learn about VI Tennis and support new players 

Caoching Resources: 

  • Blind Tennis Coaching Manual Available HERE
  • A Guide To Vision Impaired Tennis Available HERE

 

Short History of Blind Tennis

The idea of Blind Tennis started in 1984. It was born out of Miyoshi Takei’s, a blind student, wish to play tennis with fully ablebodied people. The invention of a special ball that makes a distinct sound when it is hit and bounces, has made tennis for the blind reality. The rules are essentially the same as mainstream tennis except for shorter rackets, smaller courts, more bounces allowed, and that players have to say “Ready?" and “Yes” before they start playing each point. 

 

For further details contact Sports Inclusion Disability Officer Kate Feeney 086 7947923, kfeeney@corksports.ie 

 

 

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