The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust, c/o Sport Wins PO Box 238 Tadworth KT20 5WT Charity No. 1133589 Tel: 01737 831707
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The Trust helps a whole range of disability projects, group and individuals – some examples of funding awarded by the Trustees are
The first East Regional Visually Impaired Tournament held at Hills Road, Cambridge attracted 32 players from around the UK. Visually Impaired Tennis continues to grow rapidly with groups from all over the country – as well as the groups in the East, it is very strong in the North East where VI player Wendy Glasper has been instrumental in acquiring funding for coaching and sound balls which still have to be imported from Japan and cost around £7 per ball. The Trust provides grants for these sound balls which are an absolute necessity for a VI player.
Tim Farr was awarded a grant towards a personal wheelchair earlier this year – Tim was a competitive skier and first tried wheelchair tennis in 2014, playing in wheelchair sessions in Sutton and Roehampton
Newtown Tennis Club in South Wales have run a very successful tennis programme for children at a special school – Ysgol Cedewain with a range of learning disability where tennis is now embedded at a core school sport with the Club still involved delivering weekly tennis sessions to pupils. Newtown has recently successfully applied for a new project for a further education college – NPTC College Hafren – again there are students with various disabilities including hearing and sight impaired, physical and learning disability.
Wheelchair tennis in Birmingham and the West Midlands has long been supported by the Trust – both for groups at Billesley Tennis Centre and Telford resulting in applications from individual players. Scott Smith is one such player and now Scott does what he can to promote DMTT and raise funds at tournaments including Shrewsbury and Warwick
DMTT also provides help by way of grants towards fees for disabled people wishing to take Coaching Qualifications – Mark Gill a deaf player from Bristol is one such example having taken his LTA Level I Course is now about to do his Level 2.
Going back in time DMTT's most famous case studies would be for the recently crowned Wimbledon doubles champions Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett – both of whom have received wheelchairs from DMTT at early stages in their careers. Gordon, also recent winner of the first Wimbledon Wheelchair Singles title has his playing chair damaged on a flight and the compensation offered was insufficient to replace the chair so DMTT stepped into help. Gordon's mother and sister ran a charity marathon in aid of DMTT as a way of saying thank you.
“Spring Into Action CIC” in Lancashire recently used a grant from DMTT to provide inclusive tennis sessions for their “Spring Into Tennis” project for young people. A quote from Anders one of the participants “I like tennis because you're with friends and it's a good price and I enjoy tennis”
In addition to providing young people with activity and social activity with friends, the organisation has developed links with the Ribble Valley Tennis Centre and the Tennis Foundation.