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Community & Foundation Manager – Wimbledon Foundation

The All England Lawn Tennis Club has recently announced the establishment of the Wimbledon Foundation, a non-profit making organisation, to co-ordinate and enhance the programme of community, development and charitable activities currently undertaken by the Club and The Championships.

This new role is an exciting opportunity for a senior manager to help shape and lead the Foundation, using the heritage and resources of Wimbledon.  You will co-ordinate existing activities, develop and establish new projects, partnerships and programmes to advance the Foundation’s aims and manage the grant-aid programme and wider community relationships.

You will have a proven track record of successful senior management with a charity, foundation or grant-aid organisation, with relevant experience in key areas of the job, including establishing community based projects and partnerships and administering charitable funds.  Strong leadership, interpersonal, team building and organisational skills along with experience of managing the relationships of a variety of stakeholders are essential, together with imagination and drive.  An interest in educational initiatives and sport is also relevant.

Further detail on the activities of the Foundation:

The Foundation will initially focus on three themes:  Community – activities and support within the local boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth;  Charity – particularly charities supported by key groups involved in The Championships;  Development – support for projects and charities using sport, particularly tennis, to provide opportunities to assist people, especially the young, with education and  personal development.

For a job specification and further information on current activities which will be co-ordinated by the Foundation, please see below.

How to apply

Eden Brown is handling the applications for this job.  For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Tim Barnes at Eden Brown on 0207 422 7339 or e-mail t.barnes@edenbrown.com

The closing date for applications is Friday 19 July 2013


The All England Lawn Tennis Club (Championships) Limited is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community.  Appointments are made on merit.

Job specification

Job titleCommunity & Foundation Manager – Wimbledon Foundation

Reports to:  the AELTC’s Club Secretary and the Board of Directors of the Foundation.


The Wimbledon Foundation is a non-profit making organisation recently established by the All England Lawn Tennis Club to develop its charity and community programmes.  Using the heritage and resources of Wimbledon, the Foundation’s principal aim is to co-ordinate and enhance the extensive programme of community, development and charitable activities currently undertaken by the All England Club and The Championships. 

The Foundation will focus on three themes:

  • Community – activities and support within the local boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth.
  • Charity – particularly charities supported by key groups involved in The Championships.
  • Development – support for projects and charities using sport, particularly tennis, to provide opportunities to assist people, especially the young, with education and personal development.


Main responsibilities of the role

  • be the lead manager of the Foundation
  • help to develop the Foundation’s strategy, scope and direction
  • raise the profile of the Foundation’s and Club’s work in the community in close liaison with the Club’s PR advisor
  • establish appropriate projects, programmes and partnerships
  • lead relationships with local authorities, schools, charities, commercial partners, local associations, neighbours and other relevant bodies
  • manage the Foundation’s grant-aid programme including setting up administrative disciplines to ensure fair and effective allocation of funds
  • co-ordinate and support our education programme and external links involving Wimbledon’s junior tennis programme and ball boys/girls
  • health and safety matters relevant to the role
  • co-ordinate and generally lead the team engaged on the Foundation’s activities


Note: this role does not involve public fund raising.  Initially, part of the role will focus on co-ordinating activities and communications with neighbours. 

Person specification

Previous experience/achievements

  • Significant relevant experience in a charity, community or grant-aid organisation at managerial level
  • Good experience in most of the areas listed below:

- setting up and leading community related projects and programmes

- working with local authorities, schools and local associations

- administering the allocation of charitable funds

- budget management

- organising and chairing meetings, note taking and keeping records

- project management

- working in a ‘committee-led’ organisation

Personal qualities

  • imagination, drive and determination
  • highly organised
  • ability to see the whole picture and pay attention to detail
  • professionalism
  • enthusiasm for sport and interest in tennis
  • integrity
  • commitment and flexibility to undertake whatever duties are needed

Education and training

  • Degree level education 

Abilities, skills and knowledge

  • strong general management skills, including team leadership
  • good written and spoken English, including report writing and making presentations
  • excellent interpersonal, networking and influencing skills; able to build and maintain good working relationships with a wide range of people
  • analytical and problem solving skills
  • ability to work well independently and in a team
  • ability to be accountable for key relationships
  • able to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Competent in using Word, Excel and Outlook


The job is based at the AELTC, Wimbledon.  DBS clearance may be required.

The basic working week is Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.  However, the Community & Foundation Manager must be prepared to work some evenings (eg to attend local meetings) and occasional weekend days to meet the requirements of the role.  The job holder may need to work additional hours during The Championships fortnight.

Wimbledon's current community investment programme

Taking tennis to local juniors – the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative (WJTI)

  • Dedicated AELTC coaching team visits around 60 state primary and secondary schools per year in the London Boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth. Since the programme started in 2001, over 120,000 local children have had a racket put in their hand by WJTI and around 300 children attend the free tennis coaching held at the Club over 45 weekends a year.

HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 and Under Challenge

  • The largest national junior grass court tournament involving some 20,000 young players.
  • The National Finals, 64 boys and 64 girls, made up of the 44 County winners and 20 best runners-up are held on Wimbledon’s Championship grass courts in August.

Charity and benefits to the local community

  • Financial donations to charities (many local charities) from monies raised through Ticket resales - total net income 2012 was a record £167,000 and HSBC match means the total funds available for charitable donation were £334,000.
  • Support for Wimbledon Village Summer Fair (since 2003) and Southfields Christmas Lights and a number of other community projects in the neighbourhood.

Ball Boys and Ball Girls

  • Around 700 pupils from local schools compete annually for the prestige of being selected as one of the 250 ball boys/girls at The Championships.

Museum Education Programme

  • Around 7,000 children and young people have taken part in the Museum’s primary and secondary school educational sessions in 2012.
  • Community project 2013 is a multi media project titled Quite Revealing revealing some of the lesser known stories of Wimbledon and The Championships using recorded voices and vintage images. Access online via www.wimbledon.com or the official YouTube channel.

Creating tennis opportunities for juniors in less developed countries

  • Since 1986, an annual financial contribution (US$400,000 in 2013) to the Grand Slam Development Fund to encourage and increase competitive tennis opportunities for aspiring juniors in less developed countries and regions.

Supporting grass-roots British tennis

  • Annual payment (£3 million in 2012) to the Tennis Foundation to support its schools, disability and community tennis programmes.
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