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 - Meet the WA Top Spinners
In December 2019, we held a come and try day and in February 2020, together with our Head Coach Mike Gill from Tennis Academy Perth, we ran our first official wheelchair tennis session.
Since then, our WA Top Spinners playing group has slowly grown to nine participants supported by 3 regular coaches and additional hitting partners and assistants.
Given the limited wheelchair tennis opportunities available in Western Australia, our goal is to create a blueprint for other clubs and coaches to follow to ensure we make tennis more inclusive.
If you're an existing wheelchair tennis player (or you've never played before but would like to try), we run sessions regularly on a Wednesday morning (10am) and other ad-hoc sessions.
We also have a few chairs at the club and plenty of racquets so you don't have to necessarily have a sports wheelchair (or be a wheelchair user even) to join in. If you're interested, just simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can work closely with you to work out the best approach.
We're also always looking for volunteers who may like to get involved in coaching or hitting up – you don’t need to be a qualified coach to help so if you are interested, get in touch with us.
The State government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is a major supporter of the WA Top Spinners Wheelchair Tennis program coordinated by Manning Tennis Club and Tennis Academy Perth in Western Australia. Sport and recreation builds stronger, healthier, happier and safer communities. The program is also proudly supported by Paralympics Australia through their para-sport equipment fund (provision of four tennis wheelchairs), Lucky Nickel Media, Rebound WA, Lucky Nickel Media, Wild West Wheelchairs, ANZ, Worldwide Printing - Perth QV1, Tennis Only and Wilson Tennis Australia.
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 open to working with organisations and individuals 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 as we would love to learn and work with you.