Children from our Merton programme were invited to Wimbledon on the first Tuesday of The Championships to take part in a media morning hosted by HSBC, official banking partner of The Championships.
The morning started on Court 20 with The Wimbledon Foundation speaking about the ticket resale scheme which allows tickets no longer being used to be sold on to anyone already in the grounds. This initiative helps to raise considerable funds for the Foundation which supports many local charities including Give It Your Max.
Next up, BBC commentator Andrew Cotter invited Tim Henman and Lindsay Davenport to answer questions from the Give It Your Max children. The children were excited to ask questions and Tim and Lindsay came up with some fun and entertaining answers. After each child had asked their question the balls and rackets came out and Tim and Lindsay fed balls and hit with the children which was a wonderful experience. Court 20 is situated in the queue so the children had an audience at all times and relished the opportunity to show off their skills. After all media interviews had concluded we then ran a coaching clinic with lots of ball skills and drills and a competitive finish to the session. With the support of Wilson Sporting Goods we were able to hand out sweat bands and key rings to all of the children participating at the end of the morning and all the children went back to school having had a great experience and a big dose of inspiration.
Our thanks to HSBC for inviting us to take part in the morning.