Dozens of energetic and enthusiastic primary school children from across London and Hertfordshire will descend on Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre later this week (Friday 11 November) to participate in a Disability Tennis Festival. The special event aims to offer young people with a variety of intellectual and physical impairments, such as autism and deafness, the opportunity to play the popular sport at the legacy venue that was purpose built for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Around 90 primary school pupils aged 7-11 years old will also be joined by a special guest, Paralympics GB’s Andy Lapthorne, who will add to the excitement of the day by meeting the children and sharing his top tips on how to have fun on court.
The festival will see the students guided through four different tennis themed activities across the centre’s indoor courts, each of which will be adapted to meet each player’s needs whilst challenging their skill set.
Paul Coates, Sports Development Manager at Lee Valley Regional Authority said: “This week’s exciting event will be our third Disability Tennis Festival, an event we hope all of the students will find hugely enjoyable and truly inspirational. We’re pleased to welcome Andy back to Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre to meet these young people. The Authority will continue to deliver an extensive activity programme to the entire region and play our part in providing a sustainable legacy from the London 2012 Games.”
Andy Lapthorne secured a silver medal in the wheelchair tennis Quad Singles and a bronze medal in the Quad Doubles events at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games this summer.
Currently ranked second in the International Tennis Federation’s Wheelchair Tennis Quads table, the Paralympian is set to compete in the prestigious NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters tournament which takes place later this month at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre between 30 November and 4 December. The player will be joined by fellow Paralympics GB teammates Gordon Reid, Jordanne Whiley and Lucy Shuker who will all be in contention for the men’s and women’s titles.