Club/Organisation: North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club
Nominated: Hannah Jeffrey & Marcus Clarke
Role: Head Coach & Volunteer Assistant Coach
Formed in 2010, the North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club gives blind and visually impaired people the opportunity to play tennis in a friendly, social and supportive atmosphere. The club is now recognised as one of most successful visually impaired tennis clubs in the UK, with the club catering for any age or ability.
We were delighted to receive two nominations from the club as part of the #POYP campaign for Active Disability Month, the first nomination was for Hannah Jeffrey the club’s head coach, the second for Marcus Clarke, who is a volunteer assistant coach.
Wendy Glasper, club secretary, said “Hannah is an enthusiastic young coach, who has had a fantastic impact on our members since arriving in 2018. Hannah coaches at both our sessions in Newcastle and Sunderland and is popular with players at both. She is always keen to learn more and to this end has recently become involved with coaching the Visually Impaired Tennis Team for Great Britain. This involves extensive travelling and it’s wonderful to have someone representing our club who displays this level of commitment. It has taken some time to find a coach like you Hannah and we won’t let you go very easily, we appreciate all you do for us both on and of court, thank you!”
Speaking about Marcus, Wendy said “Marcus is a young man who gives up his free time every Sunday afternoon, to help coach our B1 (totally blind) player. Marcus also travels to whatever regional and national competitions he can to help, this is greatly appreciated by all at the club. He added another string to his bow recently by becoming our club treasurer, he also enjoys the social side of the sport and is always available for a chat after our training sessions. We’re so grateful to Marcus for all that he does at the club, he always makes a really positive contribution and for that I say a big thank you!”
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