Meet the Team
Graeme has been Chairman of the North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club since 2013 and devotes much of his time helping the Club evolve into one of the UK's leading blind and visually impaired tennis clubs.
Graeme helps out at the weekly training sessions held at The Northumberland Club/Northumberland Lawn Tennis Association's Gordon Brewis Tennis Centre, and is the tournament organiser for the largest regional visually impaired tennis championships in the UK which attracts players from all over the country and beyond. The competition is held at the Club's home in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne.
In 2018 Graeme was presented with the 'Gordon Brewis Services to Tennis' Award by the Northumberland Lawn Tennis Association in recognition for his work at the NEVITC.
Graeme is a member of the Lawn Tennis Association's Visually Impaired Tennis Advisory Group and has a key role in helping to promote and develop the sport.
Without Wendy Glasper, there wouldn't be the North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club. Wendy founded the Club in 2010 and has been working tirelessly ever since, recruiting players, sponsors and volunteers to a sport which she feels so passionately about.
On court, Wendy represented Great Britain at the World Championships in Spain in 2017 and has played in several UK national finals.
Wendy won the ultimate accolade by being named the Lawn Tennis Association's 'Volunteer of the Year' in 2017 and was presented with her award by the LTA President Cathie Sabin at a star spangled ceremony at the All England Club during the Wimbledon Championships.
Volunteers are hard to find, and finding young volunteers is even harder. The North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club were delighted when Northumberland Club member Marcus Clarke offered his services.
Marcus has been very much an ever present at our Sunday coaching sessions and plays a major part in volunteering at both our national and club championships.
In 2018 Marcus was elected the Treasurer of the Club and is instrumental in ensuring the Club accounts are kept up-to-date and in good order.
Club Head Coach
As a former competitive and formidable player at NEVITC, Frankie's decision to concentrate her on court activities to coaching was welcomed by all players at the Club when she became our new head coach in 2020.
Despite a slow start due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Frankie's well structured sessions recommenced in April 2021 and have already proved to be enjoyable and beneficial to all those who have attended.
A popular character both on and off court, the NEVITC look forward to a long and successful relationship with Frankie.