Tennis2Be hosted its flagship event, the 4th Annual Craic Cup tournament on Saturday 17th June 2017 supported by London Youth at The National Tennis Centre, (a 40 million pound state of the art venue with 22 courts, and where you can often bump into top professional players), based in Roehampton.
Tennis2Be is a not-for-profit UK charity, striving towards equality in tennis. They are deeply committed to ensuring tennis is enjoyed by a broad spectrum of participants, including disabled and special needs’ players. Through interaction with local communities, grassroots groups and local partners, Tennis2Be emphasises the positive points of involvement from the perspective of wellbeing and social engagement. The love for the Irish was evident with the Director of Tennis2Be addressing attendees partly in Irish after adding Gaeilge to her linguistic skills which are also sprinkled during the regular childrens tennis lessons to further the language.
The Craic Cup is their annual flagship event and is open to all ages (3-85 years!). All levels of tennis players are invited with those welcomed including children, disabled players, young people as well as adults. Nearly 100 players including children, young people and adults participated in the most successful Craic Cup to date. Players are able to choose from 6 levels of proficiency to ensure everyone is included and can truly have a sense to the joy of tennis at this relaxed and very 19th hole event. The tournament runs throughout the day with regular intervals for socialising and having a picnic lunch in the gardens.
Representatives from London Youth, whose goal is to work in partnership to inspire all young Londoners to discover and achieve their full potential through sport attended the day and a special thank you to John Jones for the 9 months of planning, enthusiasm and dedication to make the day a success.
All winners were presented with Tennis2Be Cups and medals sponsored by London Youth and raffle prizes were donated by our dedicated sponsors TennisAid, Mrs.Grant and Mr. Amos.
Registrations for the 2018 event are already being received and early signup here is recommended. https://www.tennis2be.com/craiccup18 Tennis2Be are currently running a range of Tennis programmes to cater for differing proficiency levels and have coaches ready to support from Tiny Tots for toddlers to those with disabilities and special needs.
Tennis2Be relies solely on its volunteers and the generous funding of the public. If you’d like to get involved by attending one of the programs, volunteering or in any other capacity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org You can donate here or follow our progress click here.
“Just loved playing in such amazing facilities AND was really happy to see children from disadvantaged communities playing tennis - great to see, well done Tennis2Be”, Lee, adult high level player-Wildcard
“The overall event was excellently organised, don't make too many changes ..it works well!” see John, Bouncy, player
“It was a great tournament where the participants engaged in the sport” Phil, Wildcard player and sponsor
“It gave the opportunity for young people with different backgrounds to experience playing tennis at the National Tennis Centre.Having the younger age participants take the lead on warming up before event started.” Andre, young people support and player
“I liked playing for different things like respect, kindness, sportsmanship and the medals.” see Habiba, child player