The WJTI is the trail-blazing community tennis initiative run by The All England Club. The WJTI coaches, led by AELTC Head Pro Dan Bloxham, visit schools in Merton and Wandsworth, introducing them to tennis and offering players the chance to develop their skills and enjoy the game in the sessions held at the Club.
To date over 150,000 children have enjoyed their first experience of tennis with the WJTI, with 4,000 children receiving scholarships for free tennis sessions at The All England Clube.
How can I join the WJTI?
Entry into the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative is by invitation following a school visit by members of the WJTI team. Each week one school in Merton and one in Wandsworth receive a full day of coaching from the WJTI team and, after each visit, a small number of promising children from each school may be invited back to receive free tennis training at Wimbledon every weekend until they reach sixteen years of age. For those not selected the school receives information on tennis coaching and clubs locally as it is not possible to offer membership to every child.
How can my school get a visit from WJTI?
Your P.E. Coordinator should contact the Sports Department at the local council. They arrange all school visits on behalf of the Initiative.
How much training is there?
On joining the WJTI children will be able to attend a one hour weekend training session on Saturday and/or Sunday
The WJTI train from January to mid-December each year.
To find out what Dan and the team have been up to each month, read our blog, Coaches' Corner.