About the Foundation
The Wimbledon Foundation is the community and charitable arm of The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon.
Using the heritage and resources of Wimbledon, the Wimbledon Foundation’s principal aim is to bring together and enhance in a more cohesive, coordinated and effective way the extensive programme of community, development and charitable activities currently undertaken by the All England Club and The Championships.
This is in addition to the fact that every year the All England Club passes over the financial surplus of The Championships to the Lawn Tennis Association for the development of tennis.
The HSBC Road to Wimbledon
The HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 and Under Tournament in the UK is the largest junior tournament on grass in the UK. Begun in 2002 and involving clubs, parks & schools for juniors 14 & Under. 700 clubs, parks and schools participate through to 44 county finals and 128 boys & girls qualifying for the National Finals played on grass at Wimbledon.
In 2013, the AELTC launched the HSBC Road to Wimbledon in India, a new initiative in partnership with the All India Tennis Association, aimed at boosting the development of junior tennis in the country. India is the first country where Wimbledon has run an event of this kind outside the UK.
The Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative (WJTI)
The WJTI is the trail blazing community tennis initiative run by The All England Club. It is a unique scheme which broadens the base at grassroots level through its school visits and offers players the chance to develop their skills and enjoy the game in the sessions held at the Club. Who knows, the next British Wimbledon Champion may be found here!
To date over 100,000 children have enjoyed their first experience of tennis with the WJTI with 2,500 children receiving scholarships for free tennis sessions at The All England Club. The Initiative has attracted much praise and attention as it succeeds in all areas from playground to performance.
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The Museum Education Department
- Launched in September 2001.
- In the last year over 5,000 children and young people have taken part in educational sessions, making a total of around 25,000 since the Department was created in 2001.
- Education Programme provides curriculum-based workshops and tours for 5 to 18-year-olds, as well as lectures for under- and post-graduate students.
- Primary School Programme supports the National Curriculum subject areas of History, Art and Design, and Literacy.
- Secondary School Programme has been developed to meet the needs of students studying for GCSE, BTEC and A-Level courses in Business Studies, Leisure and Tourism, and Physical Education.
- Education Department recently launched its first Community Art Project to celebrate the 125th Championships. The project involves 125 people, drawn from local schools, art groups and a tennis club, turning 125 wooden rackets into unique pieces of art that celebrate The Championships. The completed work will be displayed in businesses in Wimbledon Village during this year’s tournament.
Other community activities
- Wimbledon Park Tennis Courts – payment for the resurfacing of 10 artificial grass courts in Wimbledon Park in May 2003, having originally renewed 15 tennis courts in Wimbledon Park in 1988.
- Wimbledon Village Summer Fair - main sponsor of the Summer Fair since 2003. WJTI children will again provide a demonstration of their skills at the Fair.
- Young Ambassadors - young people from secondary schools in Merton given the opportunity to become tennis ambassadors by embarking on a year-long leadership and volunteering project in a joint venture between the All England Club and the Merton School Sports Partnership. On completion of the project, the ambassadors have a recognised qualification in tennis leadership for use at school and within the Borough.
- Increase in trade for certain local businesses during the course of the year and opportunities for employment for local people.
- Financial donations to local charities.
- Contribution to installation of CCTV scheme in Wimbledon town centre.
- Contribution to Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators to assist in the publication of a book on the natural history of the Common and to the restoration of the azalea dell in Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon.
- Donation towards the St Mary’s Church, Wimbledon Village, Renewal Appeal for the renovation of the 19th Century organ. Earlier donation towards the floodlighting of St Mary’s Church.
- Use of Covered Courts offered for use by local tennis clubs and schools.
- Benefits to local community arising from Section 106 Agreement relating to the Club’s Long Term Plan (eg improvement to public transport access at Wimbledon Mainline Station; financial assistance to Merton Borough’s tennis development programme; floodlighting for tennis courts in Wimbledon Park).
- Raynes Park Sports Ground facilities offered for use by local schools and sports clubs.
- Merton Youth Concert Band and Jazz Orchestra invited to play at The Championships.
- Monies from sale of hydrangeas donated to local children’s charities.
- Alexandra Rose Day Collection (usually on first Tuesday of The Championships).
- Use of courts for certain charity tennis events (eg finals of the Save the Children Fund national tournament).