New Wheelchair Tennis Squad Launches in Oxfordshire
Tennis Oxfordshire is launching a new tennis squad for wheelchair users who want to start playing regular tennis in the county.
The announcement comes off the back of last weekend’s (4 November) first wheelchair tennis festival which attracted a massive turnout and revealed a real appetite from wheelchair players for competitive tennis.
The event, at the White Horse Tennis Centre, Abingdon attracted 15 players, with a range of tennis experience, from schoolchildren through to Paralympians.
Supported by Tennis Oxfordshire and Better, who operate the White Horse Leisure Centre, the ‘Push2Podium’ event was run by two of the UK’s leading coaches in wheelchair tennis – Ash Smith, Performance Development Coach at the Tennis Foundation and Marc McCarroll, who represented Team GB at the Paralympics in London and Rio.
Players who impressed at the ‘Push2Podium’ event will be invited on to the Tennis Foundation’s Development Squad where they will participate in a series of tennis camps.
Marc McCarroll will be taking the new wheelchair session at the White Horse in the new year. He recently moved to Steventon, Oxfordshire and was part of the training team for the GB squad at the Invictus Games.
“There has never been a better time to get involved in wheelchair tennis,” said Marc. “It’s a sport with a growing profile and we are really keen to welcome juniors and adults to the new squad.
“We want Tennis Oxfordshire to start building a reputation in wheelchair tennis and for disability tennis in general.”
Ed Isard of Tennis Oxfordshire and Head Coach at the White Horse Tennis Centre, believes that with Marc’s leading role in the new wheelchair tennis squad, the county will soon start producing players that could compete at national level.
“As a county we are incredibly lucky to have Marc in Oxfordshire and that he wants to develop his career as a coach,” said Ed.