Bright Ideas for Tennis Champions x Mayfield Tennis Club

Bright Ideas for Tennis Champions x Mayfield Tennis Club

Mayfield Tennis Club was founded in 1925, as part of the Mayfield Athletic Club and lies at the heart of the local Palmer’s Green community. With fully qualified coaches for wheelchair and disability tennis players, from beginners through to advanced, and fully accessible facilities for wheelchair and disabled users, Mayfield Tennis Club is the perfect place to play the game.

Inclusion has always been a focus for the club, and now a pathway for I Play 30 participants has been created for them to join in with the member’s social afternoons. The players get to improve their game and meet new people at the same time and also feel part of the club’s community. 

One parent of an I Play 30 participant told us: “We love I Play 30. We are extremely supportive of each other, offering advice and understanding. We have tea and cake after each session and it’s a chance for us to chat, share, be together and form friendships.”

Josh Stokes, the I Play 30 coach has seen the enthusiasm and confidence grow among the participants and points out that “They look forward to it so much and love warming up with fun games, playing with a friend or rallying with the volunteers. They have all improved so much, it’s fantastic to see their skills develop.”

Anne Nicholls has been instrumental to the success of the disability programme and has been a huge influence on fundraising, session planning and creating a safe and welcoming environment for everyone. She told us, ”Players, parents, and volunteers all love our inclusive tennis sessions. The players bring joy to the club and to see their self-esteem and confidence grow is wonderful.”

Anne told us that I Play 30 has impacted the participants at Mayfield in so many ways. Here’s a few of the benefits she’s noticed: 

  • Improved confidence. 
  • Higher self-esteem. 
  • More resilience. 
  • Overcoming challenges together. 
  • New friendships.
  • Providing a safe space where people can support by each other. 
  • Fostering a positive and inclusive club culture.

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