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Radlett Lawn Tennis and Squash Club launches sessions for visually impaired
A club that teaches tennis to the disabled is seeking to involve more visually impaired people.
Jordan Miles, 30, has been running sessions for people with a range of disabilities at the Radlett Lawn Tennis and Squash Club since the beginning of this year.
He has now launched a programme catering solely for visually impaired people at the venue in Watling Street.
Mr Miles, who has been coaching tennis for 15 years, said: “RLTSC is a community tennis club and I am interested in making the club accessible to everyone in the community.
“The idea of making the club inclusive to disabled people and to allow integration into the club’s activities has become a passion of mine.
"I am currently working on strategies to convince blind people tennis is a sport they can learn and enjoy and that RLTSC welcomes them.”
Mr Miles said he was particularly fascinated by the adaptations used in blind tennis, such as having a bell inside the ball.
Mr Miles already has had a few visually impaired members including Michael Capocci, who has been playing at the club since May.
Michael's mother, Sasha Capocci, helps run the Visually Impaired Club which meets on Fridays at Maxwell Park Community Centre, and which spent a day at the tennis club in August.
Mr Miles said: “I believe Michael is rare in the sense that he is brave and will try anything.
“Through speaking to Michael, I do not believe sports clubs make enough effort to make themselves accessible to people with disabilities.
“I have taught Michael how to do the simple exercises that blind people have not necessarily done as they cannot visualise it, such as running.
"I have also integrated Michael into other disability sessions where he has fun and plays with other people.
“He hopes to play his first tournament next year.”
The club offers weekly sessions on a Tuesday from 1pm. Classes cost £5, but the first two sessions are free.
Mr Miles added: “I aim to create a successful programme at my club and to educate other clubs about disability tennis.
“I believe every sports facility in the community has a duty to make their facility accessible and welcoming to everyone.”
For more information, contact Mr Miles on firstname.lastname@example.org
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