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, and is the tournament director for the Newcastle Blind and Visually Impaired Tennis Championships which attracts players from all over the UK each year.
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.
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.
As a Lawn Tennis Association Level 3 Professional Coach, Hannah was recruited by the North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club in 2018 and the improvement in playing standards of the club members has been quite astonishing.
Hannah is a popular and enthusiastic addition to the Club, and her weekly coaching sessions at The Northumberland Club have seen attendance figures rise steadily as both new and established members of the Club have benefited from Hannah's positive contribution to on-court activities.