Inclusion and Diversity
Manning Tennis Club strives to ensure everyone feels welcome at the club.
We embrace diversity and respect people's privacy with our focus primarily on ensuring we're able to provide everyone with the opportunity to play tennis.
We recognise that every individual is unique, but they all deserve the same respect as well as the opportunity to play our game and enjoy our club facilities.
While the club has in place facilities and programs that meet the needs of many, we recognise we still have a long way to go towards being able to truly cater for everyone which we continue to strive to do.
If you can't find what you're after, please email us so we can not only try to help but also learn and better understand how we can improve what we have to offer.
Wheelchair Tennis Program
Since we completed significant renovations back in early 2018 which made our tennis courts and clubhouse fully accessible, we’ve been interested in playing our part to help the growth of wheelchair tennis in Western Australia – something we discovered that’s not common in WA.
In early 2020, together with our Head Coach Mike Gill from Tennis Academy Perth, we ran our first official wheelchair tennis session. Since then, we’ve continued to run our free coaching program every Wednesday morning (10am) and the occasional Saturday mornings to cater for those in school and working.
Our program has continued to grow with our WA Top Spinners team now comprising six participants. We’ve also been working closely with Tennis West who have loaned us a number of sports wheelchairs which means we removes the equipment barrier for people who want to play.
If you're an existing wheelchair tennis player who would like to join in or you’ve never played before and would like to try, please email us at email@example.com and we can work closely with you. We also welcome able-bodied players who might have an injury that requires them to stay off their feet for a period of time.
We are also always looking for volunteers who may like to get involved as coaching assistance – you don’t need to be a qualified coach to help so if you are interested – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Developing a suitable and sustainable adaptive tennis program
Beyond wheelchair tennis, together with Tennis Academy, we’re seeking to establish a long-term and sustainable adaptive tennis program designed to remove as many barriers to the game as possible and provide people with all different abilities the opportunity to try the game of tennis.
Although we have a vision of what the program might look like and what we want to achieve, this is something new to us which is why we’re working with a number of organisations like Tennis West, APM and Dreamcourt to learn how we can make this a reality and develop a program that is fun, sustainable, provides participants a sense of ease and welcome and is truly inclusive.
If you’re an organisation or individual that has any advice or would like to be a part of (volunteer) or support the development of such a program, please do contact us at email@example.com or through the contact form as we would love to learn and work with you.