Visually Impaired Tennis

Visually Impaired tennis (also known as VI tennis, Sound tennis or Blind tennis) is one of the leading sports for blind and partially sighted people in the UK. The sport is open to players of all abilities, experience and fitness levels who are blind or have a visual impairment.

This format of the game is different to traditional tennis as it is played on a smaller court with a lower net and uses an audio tennis ball that makes a noise so players can hear it bounce and being hit. Sound Tennis Sussex organises and develops Sound Tennis in Brighton & Hove with plans to expand across Sussex, it is part of the East Sussex Vision support. Defiant Sports hold a weekly tennis session for those with a visual impairment.

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Coach Wanted – Sound Tennis Sussex

Sound Tennis has been running sessions in Brighton and Hove since 2014. Currently we have 2 coached sessions per month on Sunday afternoons from 2.30pm at Withdean Sports Centre.

We are looking for a UKCC2 coach or above to work with our players and volunteers. A flexible and enthusiastic style is vital to work with a diverse group in terms of age, tennis skills, experience, fitness levels and amount of usable sight.

We offer a supportive and friendly environment and will explain the relevant adaptations to the rules of tennis to make it accessible to blind and partially sighted players.

If you are interested in finding out more about this role please contact Paul Gillett –