The Wimbledon Foundation, established in 2013, is the charity of The All England Lawn Tennis Club. Our mission is to use the resources and heritage of the Club and The Championships to change people’s lives – especially the lives of the young and disadvantaged.
We do this through:
- Using the power of sport, particularly tennis, to advance young people’s personal development
- Making a valuable contribution to meeting social needs in our local community of Merton and Wandsworth
- Using Wimbledon’s unique heritage, in conjunction with the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, to support the education of young people.
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 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. 800 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 2014, 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. Following the success of Road to Wimbledon India, in 2016 the Road to Wimbledon China was launched in Nanjing, in partnership with Rolex and the Tennis Association China, 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 to take part in the UK National Finals.
The WJTI is the trail blazing community tennis initiative run by The All England Lawn Tennis 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. To date over 180,000 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.
The Wimbledon Foundation makes a valuable contribution to meeting social needs in the London boroughs by of Merton and Wandsworth via three grant programmes:
The Wimbledon Foundation Community Fund distributes £100,000 annually to local projects addressing poverty, disadvantage and isolation, improving education and training, increasing employability, and encouraging community cohesion.
The Health and Wellbeing Fund supports eight local charities with grants of up to £30,000 a year over three years to help improve the mental and physical health and wellbeing of local residents.
The most recently launched Get Set, Get Active Fund awards grants totalling £75,000 to help increase opportunities for local people of all ages and abilities to participate in sport and exercise.
The Wimbledon Foundation also supports a number of community arts initiatives such as art and music workshops in local primary schools.
Together with match funding from HSBC, the Ticket Resale scheme at The Championships raised £341,364 in 2016. Donations are made to local causes, and to military and emergency service charities in recognition of the time their personnel give to volunteer as stewards at The Championships.
- The Learning Programme through the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, uses the heritage and experience of The Championships to support the education of young people.
- Over 8,000 students aged between 5 and 21 years attended lectures, workshops and tours during the year.
- Primary school workshops range from Victorians, Sport & Wimbledon, a Keeping Healthy science tour and Players in Action focusing on figure drawing and 3D artwork.
- Secondary and higher education workshops and lectures include Business of Wimbledon, Tennis & Technology and Marketing An Attraction.
To find out more, visit www.wimbledon.com/foundation