Sunderland blind tennis players set for national tournament

Wendy Glasper, Sectetary of VI Tennis during a recent training session
Wendy Glasper, Sectetary of VI Tennis during a recent training session
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VISUALLY-impaired tennis players from Wearside are bound for London after they were served up a generous grant.

Members of North East Visually Impaired (VI) Tennis Club are to compete in the Metro Blind Sport National Tennis Tournament next month, at the National Tennis Centre in London.

It comes after North East property development firm Adderstone Group donated £1,672 to the organisation, which was set up in 2010.

Wendy Glasper is the secretary of the club, whose members train regularly and play their matches at the Sunderland Tennis Centre in Silksworth.

Wendy first became involved in VI tennis in 2007 after attending a PE course during her day job as an activity co-ordinator with Action for Blind People.

She said: “The funds will do so much for the club in helping us to raise awareness and attract new members. It gives our members a chance to do things that they never thought they could while having fun and making new friends.

“We will be using this donation to enable some members of the team to travel to the National Championships in London.

“It will also help us to set up a club website and produce some promotional materials to attract new members – it may even help us attract some additional funding.”

The group was chosen for the donation by Ian Baggett, who is trustee of Adderstone Foundation and a former Northumberland Tennis County Champion who is currently ranked as number two in the Great Britain over-40s category.

Ian said: “I have trained with the VI team a couple of times now and they certainly put my petty injury worries into perspective.

“Their dedication is a complete inspiration.”

Members of the club will compete in London on the weekend of October 5 and 6.