TENNIS: Grantham wheelchair coaching programme is expanding

Picture from left are James Shaw, Paul Singleton, Glenn Gent, Mark Esho and Darren Whitlock.
Picture from left are James Shaw, Paul Singleton, Glenn Gent, Mark Esho and Darren Whitlock.

Grantham Tennis Club started its wheelchair coaching programme with just one player when Darren Whitlock came into the newly-opened indoor courts.

Eight months on and there are now seven players regularly attending coaching groups at the Arnoldfield-based club.

They include Doug Keasley who has started playing again at the age of 80, having last played as a teenager, and former cricket player Paul Singleton who, despite only playing tennis for a few months, has just successfully completed his Level One coaching badge.

This week, Grantham Tennis Club welcomed two new players to its growing squad, with national wheelchair doubles champion and Great Britain quad player James Shaw joining, along with British number seven Glenn Gent.

Head coach Richard Edgley said: “It’s brilliant that we are attracting players of the calibre of James and Glenn to work with our home grown players.

“With our indoor courts, we can play all year round. We are always on the lookout for new players, any age, any experience or lack of it, and any ability, are all welcome.”

If you are interested in taking up tennis, call the club on 01476 591391.