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The AELTC coaching team visits around 60 state primary schools in Merton and Wandsworth every year. Since 2001 over 180,000 local children have received a free session and up to 300 children attend free tennis coaching held at the Club over 45 weekends a year. The WJTI aims to maximise the potential of its members as both tennis players and young people and show how participation in sport can develop life skills and offer exciting opportunities.
Jack Lane was 11 years old when the WJTI visited Liberty Middle School in Mitcham. An initial weekly coaching session at the All England Club quickly accelerated to four coaching sessions a week and Jack being picked for the WJTI squad. Soon, Jack began helping to coach younger WJTI players and, together with support from charity Give It Your Max, Jack achieved his Level 3 coaching qualifications. Today, the WJTI part-funds Jack to go into Mitcham schools for a six week period to offer support to teachers and give children the opportunity to play tennis.
“I didn’t know what life held for me before joining the WJTI but, once I started to play within the grounds of Wimbledon week in week out, it was so amazing that it convinced me to commit to tennis… I cannot thank the WJTI enough for what they have done for me. They have given me some unbelievable experiences which have changed the course of my life, and for which I will always be grateful.”
The Road to Wimbledon is for junior tennis players, aged 14 or under.
It encourages boys and girls of all standards to play and enjoy competitive tennis. Supported by HSBC and linked to ‘the magic of Wimbledon’, the The HSBC Road to Wimbledon tournament is open to clubs, tennis centres and schools in England, Scotland and Wales and attracts more than 10,000 young people from over 800 clubs, parks and schools to take part.
The Road to Wimbledon programme encourages as wide a diversity of children as possible, with a range of standards, to take part and enjoy competitive tennis.
It gives opportunities for keen juniors, possibly Britain’s fledgling stars of the future, to progress to county finals and then onwards to the national finals on the grass courts of Wimbledon.
In 2015, the second Road to Wimbledon India took place in partnership with the All India Tennis Association and HSBC, aimed at boosting the development of junior tennis in the country. Qualifying events in Kolkata, Chandigarh, Delhi and Mumbai leading to a final in Delhi offered four juniors the chance to come to SW19 and play in the Road to Wimbledon finals. They did so successfully with Indian players Mahak Jain and Sacchitt Sharma winning the girls’ and the boys’ finals respectively.
In 2016, given the success of the Road to Wimbledon India, the Road to Wimbledon China was launched in Nanjing, in partnership with Rolex, and the Tennis Association China. Spearheaded by double Grand Slam champion Li Na, the scheme was launched to support the development of Chinese tennis. Following a week of events hosted at the Tennis Academy of China in Nanjing, the top two boys and girls travelled to Wimbledon and took part in the UK National Finals in August 2016, with competitor Xiao Zhenghua winning the Regional 14U Girls Singles, while Luo Shuai and Zheng Zhan were runners-up in the Regional 14U Boys Doubles.
During 2015, the Wimbledon Foundation supported its first international ‘sport for development’ project in collaboration with Magic Bus, a leading charity which assists families in India to move out of poverty.
Using a tennis-linked curriculum, mentors work with 2,000 children from under-privileged backgrounds in Delhi to help change behaviours in areas such as education, health and gender equality.
The Wimbledon Foundation has committed to a further two years of funding to enable Magic Bus to grow the project in other communities in Delhi.
"Thanks to the Wimbledon Foundation, Magic Bus is able to use tennis-related activities to raise awareness amongst children of their right to education and the importance of education in creating a sustainable future out of poverty", said Sonya Timms of Magic Bus UK.