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Grantham Tennis Club

We are a community based tennis club with a membership of over 1200 covering young children from 3 years old up to senior members aged 85+. We have excellent sporting and social facilities and pride ourselves on the number and diversity of schemes and projects we have set up to engage the widest possible range of groups within the local community. A major part of our vision is to help local people of all backgrounds, abilities and disabilities, levels of fitness and sports experience and skills to take part in, enjoy and experience the benefits of playing tennis

27 March 2018
East Midlands
Community organisations, Health, Recreation, Voluntary
Local Alliances:
South West Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Grantham Tennis Club is committed to working with young people and adults of all ages and health conditions. We have a very strong membership amongst older people and this includes a small but growing number of older adults who have a confirmed dementia diagnosis or who are concerned about developing dementia as the years go by. Many of our more mature members are keen to continue to engage in significant social and physical activity as part of their active ageing and to thereby help delay any possible onset of dementia in the future. We have organised several schemes designed specifically to meet the needs of older people seeking to engage in tennis as positive lifestyle choice and at present we are actively exploring, in conjunction with colleagues within Nottingham University and LPFT, a project with evaluation relating to supporting people with dementia via a fun social tennis scheme - bringing in, too, friends and family. Our Club coaches have all taken part in basic dementia training

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

With a membership of 1200+ it is inevitable that there is at present a range of understanding and empathy with the conditions attached to dementia. It will be important as we move forward both in terms of our naturally ageing tennis playing membership and our involvement in the planning of a dementia specific project that there is a gradually deepening understanding of dementia amongst Club members and staff. In the day-to-day social playing of tennis alongside fellow members who may be displaying the earliest or more significant signs of dementia Club members can understand and support. A further challenge is to continue to develop and strengthen our working relationship with colleagues in the LPFT so that we can draw on appropriate expertise and support in our range of projects to do with older people

2. Actions

  • Programme of dementia awareness training for Club staff and members

    We plan to liaise with relevant service providers to discuss and draw up a training program covering awareness of dementia for Club members and staff.

  • Plan and deliver a fun social tennis project for people with early onset dementia

    We are in the process of arranging a planning meeting involving colleagues within the Nottingham University dementia research team and with colleagues in LPFT with a view to organising a weekly fun social tennis session - with appropriate monitoring and evaluation - specifically for people facing early onset dementia. Having worked previously and successfully within the Club on projects for older people and adults with mental health problems, for example, we are keen that every opportunity is taken to draw lessons from the experience that can help inform practice more widely

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  • Dementia champions within the Club

    We hope, following the training and the detailed work on our proposed project as per our two other action points, to identify a number of Club members who would be prepared to invest time in gaining a more specialist understanding of dementia and support for it within the context of our Tennis Club. We would hope that they would then be in a position to take a leading role in helping our Club become a genuinely dementia friendly community

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