Tennis Wales has been awarded the insport Bronze standard for demonstrating its commitment to inclusion and increasing sporting opportunities for disabled people.
insport is part of the process by which Disability Sport Wales aims to transform “the lives of disabled people through the power of sport”. The project is funded through a three-year cycle by the St James’ Place Foundation, and is designed to support organisations such as Tennis Wales in becoming more inclusive in their approach to creating a single, integrated and inclusive sports system for Wales.
In order for Tennis Wales to have achieved the Bronze standard, it had to present and demonstrate to the insport panel how it has and will embed the principles of inclusive delivery through their sport development teams, and how it will monitor and evaluate processes to inform the changes that it will be making.
“Tennis Wales should be commended for this significant step forward in how they integrate disability sport into their culture and planning.” Said Professor Laura McAllister, Chair of Sport Wales.
“We want disability provision to be the norm in every club and organisation in Wales – that way we’ll have even more opportunities and access to coaches and competition for everyone.”
Peter Drew, chief executive of Tennis Wales added: “Increasing accessibility and participation in tennis for those people with a disability has been a particular focus of Tennis Wales, and we are extremely proud to have been recognised by insport and Disability Sport Wales with the Bronze Award.
“Tennis is a great game that can be played by anyone, including those with disabilities, and we look forward to continuing to develop our plans and activities for this”.
More information about insport or Disability Sports Wales can be found at www.disabilitysportwales.com or on Twitter at @dsw_news
Information on all aspects of tennis in Wales is available from Tennis Wales at 029 20 463335 or www.lta.org.uk/in-your-area/Wales/ and on Twitter at @tenniswales