Club/Organisation: North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club

Nominated: Frankie Rohan and Graeme Manwell

Role: All round club volunteers

The North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club are committed to giving blind and visually impaired people the opportunity to play this fantastic sport. Both Frankie Rohan and Graeme Manwell who volunteer at the club were nominated for a Pass on Your Passion award for their enthusiasm, commitment and passion for helping others.

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Frankie found Visually Impaired Tennis at a Tyne And Wear Sport inclusive activity day at St James’ Park while fighting a continuing battle to recover after losing her sight. Since then, Frankie has become a regular member, supporter and driving force of North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club.

Rosie Pybus, club member said, “Frankie’s passion, perseverance and determination have seen her embark on her coaching journey and she is a fantastic role model to those with disabilities.  She encourages people with sight loss to take an active role in sport and is bringing sport and physical activity to everyone, regardless of their ability.”

Graeme Manwell has been a long-standing volunteer at the club and is also the chairman, competition organiser, umpire and mini bus driver. Since learning of visually impaired tennis, Graeme has dedicated his time to supporting participants on and off the court and to getting more people playing tennis.

Wendy Glasper, club member, said, “His enthusiasm is infectious, and he supports all with playing and also with becoming coaches themselves. Graeme organises our club and national competitions and is always looking to learn new ideas to develop ways for players to take part.”

He loves to see the game develop and is an advocate for what participation can bring to those who take part, from confidence, building friendships and learning new things.

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For further details about the club please visit:

·        Facebook: @NEVITennis

·        Website:

·        #activedisabilitymonth