Wirral tennis player showcases skills at festival celebrating London's 2012 Paralympic Games (From Wirral Globe)
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Wirral tennis player showcases skills at festival celebrating London's 2012 Paralympic Games
A WIRRAL tennis player got a chance to show off his skills during a festival celebrating the first anniversary of London's 2012 Paralympic Games.
Peter Millar was at the home of British Tennis in Roehampton taking part in the Disability Tennis Festival.
The 21-year-old from Birkenhead was among players showing off their skills to Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson, who also met a number of participants and partners that work with the Tennis Foundation and Lawn Tennis Association to deliver disability tennis.
Players demonstrated how accessible learning disability tennis is while other adaptations being played across the country such as wheelchair and deaf tennis were also on show.
Also attending were British Paralympic Association Chief Executive Tim Hollingsworth. Double Paralympic champion Peter Norfolk OBE was also on hand to inspire the young people who were starting off their journey in tennis.
Peter Millar said: "Tennis is a wonderful sport to be involved in. I had a really good day.
"It is really important for disability tennis to continue to grow because playing sport is a great thing to not only keep you fit but it is a lot of fun as well.
"Everyone had a really good time and getting on court with a Paralympic legend like Peter Norfolk was also fantastic."
Since the start of the Tennis Foundation’s disability tennis strategy last year adult weekly participation in England in April 2013 was seen to be up 8.2% compared to the same month in 2012 while the number of weekly disability tennis sessions has grown from 29 to 119.
Minister Robertson said: "The London 2012 Paralympics helped change people's attitudes to disabled people and has strengthened disability sport at all levels in Britain.
"We are committed to offering more opportunities for disabled people to play sport and it was fantastic to see so many young people taking part in the Tennis Foundation's Disability Tennis Festival."
New for 2013, the Tennis Foundation has launched a Disability Tennis Road Show, which will be visiting seven venues later this month offering free disability inclusion training, sessions for schools and free come and try activity for the local community.
Geoff Newton, executive director of the Tennis Foundation, said: "It's such an exciting time for disability sport at the moment and we have seen a real legacy from the Paralympics with not only more people playing tennis, but more coaches, volunteers and venues wanting to offer disability tennis.
“Following the creation of 29 Disability Tennis Networks supported by the Tennis Foundation, participation in these areas has increased by 169% since January 2013 and we will be increasing the number of Networks to 39 from next month."
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