The Northumberland Club in Jesmond is gearing up to host the 2019 North East Visually Impaired Regional Tennis Tournament, sponsored by The Adderstone Foundation. The event will take place on the weekend of the 4th and 5th May 2019 and welcomes children to partake in first ever tournament-led trial session.

The tournament, which is the largest in the UK outside of London, will be welcoming blind and visually impaired tennis players from all over the country. It has quickly become established as an ‘unmissable’ event in the disability tennis calendar.

Additional to past years, the tournament will host a trial session for VI children in the hope of moulding national champions for future tournaments, with plans to create a junior section to the North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club (NEVITC).

This is the seventh year that Adderstone Foundation have supported NEVITC and over the period, the club has gone from strength to strength, more than quadrupling its members. Highlights have been, winning several awards including the North East Disability Club of the Year and the prestigious Simon Bates Community Club of the Year back in 2016.

Graeme Manwell, Chairman of the NEVITC explained: “Through the support of the Adderstone Foundation, the club is now established and the aims we once thought would be hard to reach, are now very much accomplished."

“The support of the Adderstone Foundation has enabled the club to keep on growing and it’s given players the opportunity to travel to different tournaments around the country, giving them confidence and new skills.”

“Everyone is very excited about the upcoming tournament, which is the biggest ever outside London, there are several players returning to defend their titles this year. Everyone is welcome to come down and watch.”

Ian Baggett, Chairman of the Adderstone Foundation said: “We continue to be repeatedly blown away by the passion, skill and dedication of the NEVITC. It is a pleasure to be involved in the club and to see how the players continue to overcome personal challenges to participate in a sport that they love.”

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