The North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club was founded back in 2010 by coach Wendy Glasper. The club is here to give blind and visually impaired people the chance to pick up and participate in the sport. The club is involved in events around the community and has worked with the LTA and The Tennis Foundation to name a few.
In 2015 NEVITC won the prestigious Club of The Year award, at the North East Disability Sports Awards. While in 2014 they were triumphant at the National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships, the first year the event had taken place. At this event the team also contained the Player of the Tournament, John Hawkins-Waterfall from Darlington, who was presented with a special award for his outstanding performances on and off the court.
Visually impaired tennis has been growing across the UK with clubs now in Brighton, Cambridge, London, Manchester, Wrexham, York and Leeds, as well as the one in the North East. With the North East already outperforming much of its competition in visually impaired tennis, the region seems to be ahead of the curve and remains the team to beat.
For more information on NEVITC and to find out what they can offer you, visit http://www.nevitc.org.uk/