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Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative

About the WJTI

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.


WJTI Facts

Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative
  • The WJTI began in 2001 and is a community tennis initiative run by The All England Club in partnership with Merton and Wandsworth. In total Dan Bloxham and his team of coaches have visited over 700 schools and given more than 150,000 kids their first experience of tennis.
     
  • Around 300 children per weekend also attend free tennis coaching and skills sessions held at the Club 47 weekends a year.
     
  • Squad of 40 selected players receive additional individual coaching before and after school.
     
  • At The Championships: Selected players from the WJTI squad entertain spectators with a mixture of tennis exercises and general sports skills and drills on the middle Saturday and final Sunday.
     
  • Around 180 children and their parents who have shown particular commitment and enthusiasm throughout the year will visit the Club to see the players practising on the Championship courts on the Saturday before The Championships.
     
  • To date, the WJTI has produced one international player, over 10 national level players and many regional and county level players. 
     
  • Teams play in Aegon Team Tennis and also form a combined AELTC / WJTI team in international club matches. 

How to join the WJTI

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

Latest news

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.

Contact the WJTI

Please click here to contact the WJTI team

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