on behalf of Indian Blind Sports Association,extend a warm invitation to you and your friends, for participating in
the very first three-day sound ball tennis workshop scheduled to be organised from 19th February 2019 in the city of Mumbai. This workshop is absolutely free, with decent arrangements for lunch and high tea at
the courts of Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association campus at Colaba, Mumbai.
Please note that we’re unable to provide accommodation. Thus, it would be most feasible for folks in and around Mumbai.
Upon returning from London, I introduced soundball tennis in Mumbai in September 2016 and as stunning it may sound, soundball lawn tennis is being played by about 12,000 visually impaired men and women around
the world. A sight of an airborne jingling sound ball being hit accurately by a totally blind person is a sight to behold. The rallies are not very long but when they occur, they are awe-inspiring. The competitive tournaments of soundball tennis are played under the aegis of International Blind Tennis Association (IBTA) which regulates sound ball tennis in its 18 member countries. Have a look at our Mumbai practice sessions and official website of IBTA:
Practice sessions in Mumbai-
Official website of International Blind Tennis Association-http://ibta-takei.com/
I hold the position of Head Finance (probono) with IBTA and have been identified as the lead for the proposed event by the Indian Blind Sports Association, Delhi (IBSA), as you might know, a premier body for organising blind sports in India-http://blindsportsindia.org/
We have invited well-established coaches Mr. Simon McFarland and Dr. Davinder Kapur from Windsor Lawn Tennis Club Belfast, United Kingdom to conduct the aforesaid training. Simon is a level 2(ITF Advanced)
Lawn Tennis Coach and Squash Director at Windsor Lawn Tennis Club in Belfast. He is accompanied by celebrated doctor Davinder Kapur, a recipient of the MBE (MOST EXCELLENT ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE) for his outstanding services to Medicine and Charity. He’s also associated with other charitable organisations in India.
Please do take note of important dates and other details given below and confirm participation with my colleague Mr Tony Kurian or with me on- +91 8451976069
1. Feb 08, 2019- Email or whatsapp us the estimated number of participants with details such as - name, age, gender, t-shirt size, vision classification (B1/B2/B3...).
2. Feb 15, 2019- We will confirm the names of participants selected for the workshop as we can only admit maximum of 15 players in all.
3. Feb 19, 2019- Only sighted or partially sighted persons interested in becoming coaches of soundball lawn tennis for training visually impaired, arrive at the venue at 9:30 AM.
4. Feb 20, 2019 (For players) - Visually challenged participants are expected to arrive at the designated venue at 9:30 AM.
5. Feb 21, 2019- Visually challenged participants are expected to arrive at the designated venue at 9:30 AM.
How the day will pan out during the workshop:
Day 01- 19th Feb, 9:30 to 12:30 (Only for sighted participants) –Introduction to master coaches, modified kit and court, and soundball tennis rules
Day 01, 12:30 to 14:00 – Lunch and interaction
Day 01, 14:00 to 17:00 - Introduction to basics, how to train visually impaired and Q&A session with concurrent tea breaks
Day 02- 20th Feb, 9:30 to 12:30 (For VI players) – Players’ Introduction with coaches, modified kit and court, and soundball tennis rules
Day 02, 12:30 to 14:00 – Lunch and interaction
Day 02, 14:00 to 17:00 - Listening, tracking and hitting the ball with introduction to basics, with concurrent tea breaks
Day 03 (21st Feb), 9:30 to 12:30 – Day of fun and play, rules and corrections by main coaches
Day 03, 12:30 to 14:00 – Lunch and interaction
Day 03, 14:00 to 17:00 – Some friendly matches and valediction with certificate distribution.
*We are ensuring certification for trainee coaches, world-class training for players on the best courts in the city along with wholesome lunch for invited participants. There is no other commitment for accommodation or any other reward or compensation.
*All players are expected to wear loose track pants and trainer shoes while they enter the tennis courts
*In case of any doubt, do feel free to contact Mr. Ekinath Khedekar at Ekinath@gmail.com
Or +91 7303178758
Head, Event, IBSA-MSLTA Sound Lawn Tennis Workshop Feb 2019