A donation of £500 from the local running group means that the tennis programme can now support the Pershore and Evesham Down's Syndrome group in competitive play.

Head Coach Steve Bauer and the coaching team at club already run weekly classes to encourage players with Down's Syndrome – as well as wheelchair users and participants with visual impairment – to not only enjoy tennis but also to continue to grow their programme with the introduction of an exciting new schedule of opportunities for competitive play.

The award-winning Head Coach was recently handed the Disability Programme of the year Award 2019 for his successes on court at Herefordshire & Worcestershire LTA annual County Awards and League Presentations and is focused on increasing their opportunities for all.

Steve says: “We’re a very open club and encourage everybody to take up lessons whatever their ability. We pride ourselves on giving everyone a top class tennis experience and continue to introduce new opportunities for all of our players.”

Ian Hannis, Race Director at the Pershore Plum Plodders, is keen to continue to support the Pershore and Evesham Down's Syndrome Group and are looking to raise funds for ongoing help with tennis at the local club.

Ian says: “We know how much Pershore Tennis Centre has supported the participants and how much it helps them, so we are now chuffed to hear that the Pershore and Evesham Down's Syndrome Group is able to play competitive tennis too.”