Disability Sport NI’s Blind Tennis Programme at Windsor Tennis Club in South Belfast has been shortlisted for the National Lottery Good Causes Awards.
The Blind Tennis Programme supported by National Lottery investment managed by Sport Northern Ireland and run by Disability Sport NI, is competing in the Best Sport Project category.
The organisation with the most votes will be crowned the winner and receive a £5,000 cash prize, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and attend a star-studded glittering awards ceremony to be broadcast on BBC One on 26 September 2018.
Blind Tennis players use a modified tactile court to orientate, modified rackets based on player classification and audible balls containing bells. Participants on the programme have different levels of sight loss ranging from no sight to partially sighted.
Judith Brennan, Active Clubs Coordinator at Disability Sport NI, said: “We are delighted to learn that the Blind Tennis at Windsor Tennis, Belfast has reached the finals of the National Lottery Awards 2018.
“The programme is proving to be a trailblazer for the sport in Northern Ireland, providing a platform for players to compete recreationally and nationally. In less than two years the programme has secured 15 regular participants and a world number two ranking.
“We have achieved so much in such a short space of time and we would dearly love to win a National Lottery Award for Best Sports project, so please vote for us!”
To vote for Blind Tennis at Windsor Belfast go to http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/blind-tennis-windsor
You can also follow the campaign on Twitter: hashtag #NLAwards.
Voting runs from 9am on 27 June until midnight on 27 July.
There are seven projects competing for votes across seven categories, reflecting the main areas of National Lottery funding: arts, education, environment, health, heritage, sport and voluntary/charity.