Prestwick Tennis and Fitness Centre has won the Tennis Scotland Disability Programme of the Year Award for 2017, a year during which its disability programme was enhanced with the addition of the adults with learning difficulties class which attracts 15-20 participants each week, a number of who are competing in a learning difficulty league.
In total the club caters for around 40 youngsters and adults in wheelchairs or with learning difficulties with learning difficulties GB representative Dominic Iannotti in situ as an apprentice and about to commence his Level 3 coaching qualification.
Under the overall supervision of coach David Gee, on court success has also been achieved with two players winning gold in the Special Olympics in Sheffield while a number of the club’s coaches are now qualified to teach wheelchair and disability tennis.
The Prestwick Tennis and Fitness Centre Facebook page is proving extremely popular with around 2000 followers and is used to promote the classes and programmes that are available while the club works closely with the local disability association to encourage more people to take up the sport.
Prestwick Tennis and Fitness Centre Club Co-Ordinator Janice Rogerson said, “Prestwick Tennis & Fitness are delighted to receive the Disability Programme of the Year 2017 from Tennis Scotland. It’s great to see so many disabled people in Ayrshire learning to play & enjoy tennis. It has been so rewarding to see the players gaining confidence, developing their tennis skills & enjoying making new friends. Congratulations to our disability coaching team led by David Gee for all their hard work with both the children and the adults. Well done to all!”