PERSHORE'S wheelchair tennis player Dan Pennington-Bridges played his first competitive junior tournament at the British open championships.

The teenager has been going to the centre for nearly a year to enjoy the wheelchair tennis course.

Pennington-Bridges will now be part of the South West England and Wales team in the National School Games/ Dan Maskell Trust competition at the end of this month.

Pershore head coach Steve Bauer launched the wheelchair initiative for anyone over the age of 14.

The centre now run a session from 6pm until 7pm every Tuesday.

Bauer said: "Most people don’t even think about it but to play wheelchair tennis takes planning and finding other players is a challenge — it’s not just a case of grabbing a racket and going to the nearest court.

"Playing with other wheelchair players at Pershore has broadened Dan’s horizons."

Pennington-Bridges said of the tournament: "It was brilliant, the best thing I have ever done. It has given me a lot of confidence."

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