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Disability Coaching

LTA County Disability Tennis Club of the Year 2021

Inspiring the next generation

Wigginton Tennis Club is fully committed to developing and funding disability tennis programmes for all ages. 

From March to the end of October, five weekly sessions take place for players with a range of disabilities including learning, sight, hearing and mobility.  Two sessions are for the York Disability Tennis Network & three ‘I Play 30’ tennis activities are for local SEN schools and a specialist local care centre.

In recognition of our achievements, we were awarded the LTA County Disability Tennis Club of the year 2021.

Rob Hodge, our Disability Coach, plays an integral part in the day to day management and successful ongoing development of disability tennis at the club.

Rob Hodge - Disability Tennis Coach
Rob Hodge

Mobile: 07557 983576 or email:

As an experienced Coach with specialist disability training, Rob is highly skilled in working with individuals who just want to play socially for fun or with players who are keen to compete in disability specific tournaments including the Special Olympics.  He is currently Chairman of York Disability Tennis Network.

York Disability Tennis Network  

Wigginton Tennis Club has worked closely with YDTN since it was established in 2014. 

This not for profit organisation has won several awards and has seen it’s members successfully compete at Regional and National Disability Tournaments.  In fact a gold medal winner at the 2015 Los Angeles Special Olympic Games currently plays her social and team tennis at Wigginton Tennis Club & two further players are due to represent Great Britain at the same Olympic event in Berlin 2023. 

The club actively encourages participation in mainstream tennis either through fun social mix-in’s or playing competitively for teams.  Special club membership is offered for those attending YDTN coaching sessions, which includes an accompanying parent or carer. 

YDTN Coaching up to age 16Saturday3-4pm
YDTN Coaching main groupSaturday5-6pm
York Disability Tennis Network Logo

For more information about York Disability Tennis Network see their website at

Bright Ideas for Tennis – ‘I Play 30’

Funded by Sports England, ‘I Play 30’ is aimed at supporting clubs keen to develop tennis for adults and children with learning, sensory and physical disabilities & those experiencing mental health issues. 

Despite Covid, in 2020 Wigginton Tennis Club added ‘I Play 30’ to it’s disability tennis offering.  Specialist equipment was provided together with training for a group of volunteers to work alongside Rob.  Local SEN schools and the day centre bring groups each week to enjoy an hour of fun interactive tennis activity.  The objective is to build confidence, make new friends, learn new skills and above all, enjoy their time on court.

I Play 30 Choose to Youth (April to Oct)Thursday1:30-2:30pm
I Play 30 Blueberry Academy (April to Oct)Thursday4-5pm
I Play 30 Applefields School (April to July)Friday1:45-2:45pm
I Play 30 Logo - in conjunction with Bright Ideas for Tennis

For more information about ‘I Play 30’ in conjunction with Bright Ideas for Tennis see their website at

For further information on how your organisation can get involved or to volunteer, give Rob a call or drop him an email.