Formed in 2010, the North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club gives blind and visually impaired people in the North East of England, the opportunity to play tennis in a friendly, social and supportive environment.
The Club is now recognised as one of the largest and most successful blind and visually impaired tennis clubs in the UK and caters for all ages and abilities, quite simply, everyone is welcome.
Success on the court has been matched by success off the court, with the Club winning a number of coveted honours. In 2014 the Club was named North East Disability Sports Club of the Year and in 2016 were named the winners of the prestigious Sport Newcastle, 'Simon Bates Foundation' award, for services to sport in the North East of England.
Whilst the aim of our Club is for members to have fun, we recognise that for some players that means competing in both local and national competitions. The opportunities for competition is vast and the Club do all they can to supports its players to compete on the regional, national and international stage. The Club can currently boast to having two national champions and a world silver medallist amongst its ranks.
Where do we play?
We are fortunate to hold tennis sessions at two fantastic indoor venues within the North East.
In Newcastle upon Tyne, we are made welcome by the Northumberland Lawn Tennis Association and The Northumberland Club, who give us access to use their award winning facilities in Jesmond. Coached sessions generally take place on Sunday afternoons throughout the year.
In Sunderland we are hosted at the Silksworth Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre where we have access to their wonderful eight court indoor tennis centre. These coach led sessions usually take place fortnightly on a Thursday.
See our Club sessions page to see where and when we are next playing.
We welcome and encourage everyone to play tennis and your first session is absolutely free. Come alone, bring your family or bring your friends, everyone is welcome to give this fantastic sport a go, before long, you'll be hooked!