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Adapted Vehicle Hire News Updates: Tennis wheelchairs donated to boost participation

The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust and the Tennis Foundation have donated 60 tennis wheelchairs to tennis venues across the UK in a bid to boost participation in the sport.

The specialist chairs were bought by the Trust and are being delivered to 13 venues which have been identified as areas where there is strong potential for increasing participation by disabled people.

As well as the chairs, the Tennis Foundation will be supporting people wanting to get involved with advice, grants and disability awareness training.

Gilly English, Executive Director of the Trust, said: “We know there are more than 20,000 people with a disability playing tennis at least once a week around the UK. There is a huge opportunity to increase this figure and we hope that specialist equipment provided for free as part of this national initiative will encourage more people to try wheelchair tennis.”

Wheelchair tennis is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world and one where Britain has already achieved success.

Peter Norfolk OBE, who won a silver medal in the quad doubles with partner Andy Lapthorne at London 2012, is an Ambassador for the Trust and in 1989 set up Equipment for the Physically Challenged which is the official wheelchair supplier to the Trust.

He said: “I’m delighted to help launch this initiative as the more wheelchairs we have for new players to try out the sport, the easier it will be able to grow the game both for players who just want to have fun and stay fit, as well as to find future Paralympic champions.”

In other news, a group of wounded servicemen and women from the UK and US are tackling a 250 mile challenge, Soldier Ride UK.

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