Ken makes a racket about Sheffield tennis sessions

Ken Shaw with coach Laura Fisher
Ken Shaw with coach Laura Fisher
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A heart attack survivor has got back into the swing of exercise thanks to a Sheffield tennis session.

Ken Shaw, aged 71, was referred to the Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre in October 2008 because his heart attack had left him with limited movement and motivation.

After 12 weeks of low-impact exercise sessions with instructor Julie James, he heard about the regular tennis sessions at the centre.

He decided to give it a go - more than five decades since the last time he had played tennis at school.

Ken said: “After the heart attack, I couldn’t get motivated at all, I was struggling.

“At first I went along to Graves to get a little bit of exercise on the NHS Cardiac Rehabilitation class.

“After completing their programme I heard about tennis sessions at Graves and I started having a knock-about on a regular basis.

“I’ve never really played tennis in my life, not properly.

“There are other, more competitive sessions going on at Graves as well, but I go for more of a knock-about.

“I’ve noticed a gradual improvement in my general health since starting and I’m definitely enjoying myself.”

Mark Hamilton, tennis manager at the centre, said: “I’m immensely proud of the work that the team, including Stuart Palmer, carries out at the centre - from rehabilitation classes through to the tennis programmes.

“We’re over the moon that Ken’s well on the way to recovery and I’m pleased that Graves has played a key part in this.”

n For more information about the exercise referral scheme or playing tennis at Graves visit www.gravestennisleisure.co.uk.