Children got a taste of tennis glory at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at the weekend at the same venue where Belgium’s Joachim Gerard was crowned men’s NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters in December.
Pupils from 13 schools across Newham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest, with a range of conditions including autism and visual and hearing difficulties, attended the Disability Tennis Festival at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
The festival offered local children the chance to play tennis on the only purpose built London 2012 Paralympic venue with Lawn Tennis Association accredited coaches.
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority sports development officer Jack Pringle said: “The festival is a nod towards the sporting legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“Friday’s unforgettable event saw 89 young people pick up a racquet at the state of the art facility to play fun tennis-themed games and improve fitness, social skills, mobility and coordination.
"The kids all fully embraced the activities on offer and really engaged with the coaches. The turnout was fantastic and events like these are a vital part of getting more children involved in sport, especially in the run up to Rio 2016.”