Lesley Whitehead, the new tennis coach at Largs Tennis Club has been appointed Coach to the Great Britain Tennis Team selected to compete in the Special Olympics World Summer Games to be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE from 7th to 21st March 2019.Special Olympics is a recognised member of the Olympic family that provides year round coaching and competition to people with learning (intellectual) disabilities.The Games will be the world’s largest humanitarian and sporting event of 2019. The World Games, which are held every four years, will see more than 7,000 athletes from 180 countries competing in 24 sports. There will be an expected 500,000 spectators and around 20,000 volunteers at the event.This will be the 5th time Lesley will be coach to the GB Tennis Team, having attended the World Summer Games in Shanghai (2007), Athens (2011) and Los Angeles (2015) as well as at the European Summer Games in Warsaw (2010). In addition Lesley was the Head of Delegation for the GB team competing in the European Tennis Tournament in Luxembourg (2013).Recently Lesley has taken on the role of tennis coach at Largs Tennis Club. The club is now based on the all-weather courts at Inverclyde Sports Centre and has opened its doors to the local community, offering coaching courses and other tennis opportunities for all ages and abilities.Lesley is also contracted with the Tennis Foundation, the charity arm of the LTA as their Learning Disability Advisor, supporting them to develop coaching and competitive tennis opportunities from beginner to performance level across the UK for people with a learning disability. In addition Lesley organises Glasgow Disability Tennis, which she started in 2013. This group provides tennis opportunities for all disability groups (deaf, learning disability, visually impaired and wheelchair tennis) and is totally funded by grants and fundraising.For more information on the coaching being offered at Largs Tennis Club contact Lesley on 07590 901678.