In September of this year we were delighted to welcome three new programmes, in Rotherham, Dudley and Hythe. The first two sites are under the Premier Tennis banner, which is very ably managed by Jeff Hunter, and join Jeff’s other programmes in Oxford, Northampton and Sheffield, which also receive funding from GIYM. Hythe is managed by Nick Skelton, who has extensive experience within the region, having worked in Hythe area for many years. The involvement of Jeff and Nick mean that all three sites are in very capable and experienced hands indeed and the new programmes takes the total of GIYM programmes countrywide to twenty-two.
As of September 2016, GIYM has 19 programmes up and running at sites across the country. The newest, Lambeth, Northampton and Sheffield, are proving to be excellent additions with in excess of 500 primary school children receiving free tennis lessons from these three areas alone
GIYM is pleased to announce that Abigail Tordoff has been appointed GIYM’s Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 November 2016. Abigail is a former professional tennis player, with over 15 years of experience in the sports and entertainment business.
Our three newest sites, in Hounslow, Hemel Hempstead and in Barnet, all got under way towards the end of 2015 and we are pleased to say that all three programmes are doing well.
New Sites - During the summer of 2015 GIYM was delighted to launch three GIYM programmes, in Hounslow, Hemel Hempstead and Barnett. All three sites meet the GIYM criteria of being open to children from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or located in areas of deprivation and the new additions bring the total of GIYM programmes up and running in the UK to sixteen.
New Sites 2015 got off to a great start, with an announcement that we will launch two new GIYM programmes in Exmouth and Ipswich, the latter associated with the Elena Baltacha Academy. This now brings the total of GIYM programmes up and running in the UK to thirteen.
GIYM launched three new initiatives in 2014 - in Lewisham, Boreham Wood and Oxford which now brings the total of GIYM programmes throughout the UK to twelve. We are delighted to welcome the new programmes to the GIYM family and can report that they are up and running well, with over 400 school children receiving coaching from these three sites alone.
Prior to 2013 eight programmes were up and running in various regions. The Reading GIYM programme was discontinued at the end of 2012 because another provider was offering two outreach programmes. Slough replaced Reading at the start of the year and Gary Drake Tennis (GDT) was charged with running the new programme.
Since founding in 2005, GIYM has set up eight successful tennis coaching programmes across the UK. Its dedicated coaches have helped improve the lives of thousands of underprivileged youngsters by giving them the chance to develop and succeed through tennis.