Victoria Park Community Tennis started ‘Walking Tennis’ about a year ago. The concept of ‘Walking Tennis’ was to create a slowed down and lower impact version of tennis using mini tennis balls, on smaller courts.
Victoria Park originally set up a 6 week course for players over 60 who had not played much tennis before or through injury or age felt they could not now play on a full size court. This was run at the local Leisure Centre with one of their tennis coaches during the winter. Following on from this they offered these players a session at Victoria Park to go along on a pay and play basis in the summer.
Various other organisations contacted Victoria Park after seeing an article in the local paper, and Headway were interested in setting up something similar.
Headway Salisbury and South Wiltshire is a charity supporting people affected by brain injury (which might be the result of trauma, stroke, infection or illness). Walking Tennis organised by Headway and Victoria Park Community Tennis and supported by Five Rivers Leisure Centre now runs once a week and involves much laughter fun and exercise for all who take part. Taro, the tennis coach, along with many helpers, makes sure everyone has a enjoyable experience and the feedback has been very positive.
Please click here to view recent youtube video re the Walking Tennis programme with Headway.
For more information please call Victoria Park Community Tennis Tel: 01722415089.