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The AELTC coaching team visits around 60 state primary schools in Merton and Wandsworth every year. Since 2001, more than 190,000 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.
Case Study - Jenna Fontanilla
Jenna was just five when the AELTC coaching team visited her school, St Teresa’s in Merton, and invited her to join the WJTI.
Three years on, Jenna continues to take part in two hours of training a week and is fast-becoming a talented and skilful tennis player.
Jenna’s parents say the WJTI has also helped her to overcome shyness, become more independent and able to work better individually at school.
“The WJTI has had a clear impact on Jenna's life. It is so much more than a tennis master class," said Liza Fontanilla.
"The support, constructive feedback and guidance that Jenna receives from the coaches have greatly improved her confidence.
"You can clearly see this by comparing Jenna when she started school to the faster, stronger, more confident Jenna we see today.”
Case Study - Jack Lane
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 National 14 and Under Challenge is the largest junior tournament in the UK and enables young people from over 800 clubs, parks and schools to access the sport and enjoy competitive tennis.
More than 8,000 girls and boys compete, with 144 of them qualifying for the National Finals played on grass at Wimbledon each August. In 2016, the National Finals also included eight finalists from a series of international qualifying events run by the AELTC in India and, for the first time, China.
Click here to find out more about the Road to Wimbledon.
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.
Since 2015, the Wimbledon Foundation has been supporting Magic Bus, a leading children’s charity using sport to alleviate poverty in India.
Mentors work with more than 3,000 children and parents from under-privileged backgrounds in Delhi using a tennis-linked curriculum to help change behaviours in areas such as health, gender equality and the importance of education.
In 2017, the Wimbledon Foundation increased its commitment enabling Magic Bus to continue running the tennis-for-development sessions as well as a Livelihood Centre which provides 18-25 year olds with training and support to help them move into sustained employment, further education or career based training.
The aim is that this combination will support young people on their journey from childhood to livelihood.