Peggy Wright, Grace’s mother;
"Grace has enjoyed the sessions very much and would like to carry on after they finish, she will be doing the summer club for 4 days as well.
We would not have thought about Grace doing tennis before David and Nick came to our school, Cheriton Primary and it was a great privilege for her to get chosen to carry on."
In Grace’s words;
"The coaches are AMAZING, they are really friendly and welcoming and I’m having such fun and learning such a lot. It’s great to be able to learn a new skill."
Mike Stotesbury, Founder of GIYM:
"Further benefit has been seen in areas where there is a youth gang culture where ‘Give It Your Max’ has given children a practical alternative and shown a new and positive approach to life. In addition to the social and educational benefits ‘Give It Your Max’ has started to impact on youth tennis. Eight year old Rachel Barnett from Reading, who was introduced to the game by ‘Give It Your Max’, is now considered to be one of the best in the country in her age group and there are a number of players with excellent potential in all the Centres."
Tim Henman, former British Tennis No.1 and ‘Give It Your Max’ Patron:
"The Tennis Ball is a fantastic event for fantastic charities. I’ve worked closely with Give It Your Max and the work they do is really helping to enhance the life of so many children. The money raised from this year’s Tennis Ball will help them to grow their programme to even more areas across the UK."
Virginia Wade OBE, former Wimbledon ladies singles champion and ‘Give It Your Max’ Patron:
"Getting more racquets into the hands of young children at an early age and giving them the opportunity to have coaching in a fun environment can only be a good thing for the game. Charities like GIYM do find young talented players who would otherwise not have had the opportunity to pick up a tennis racquet. Any one of these children might be future tennis champions."
Marion Bartoli, 2013 Ladies Wimbledon Singles Champion:
"It is so important to encourage tennis, the sport has given me so much. Being able to attend this year’s Tennis Ball and support both charities is fantastic, I hope all the money raised will mean even more children can benefit through sport."
Simon Grieve, Head Tennis Coach at Canterbury Indoor Tennis Centre:
"We used to get funding from the council who then pulled our funding as did the LTA. The club supported us a little but we only had a small pocket of money. Give It Your Max has allowed us to put together a really professional programme that allows coaches to go in and provide year on year coaching, so there is a continual flow of opportunities for children. I work with a partner who helps to organise coaches to go into the schools and as a result of the Give It Your Max programme we are able to provide term time tennis to hundreds of local school children."
Stuart Maidment, Head Coach at Lordswood School, Edgbaston:
"We have seen our numbers grow massively. The club has been going for 2 years and that’s when GIYM started to contribute towards our junior tennis programme. We now see around 150 kids a week on a regular basis. We also see thousands of kids in schools during term time so we are introducing thousands and thousands of kids to tennis all the time. GIYM has really helped us to go into the schools and really try and initiate people interest in tennis. Without their involvement and contribution, financially, it would have been quite hard for us to do that and therefore we wouldn’t have had as many children take up the sport over the last 2 years as we have had."
"We can’t say thank you enough to the GIYM charity for their continued support in funding tennis activity. The reality is that the schools are in very challenging areas of the city and it is unlikely the programme participants would have had the opportunity to learn, play and enjoy tennis without this oppotunity. Seeing players enjoy the sessions and progress is extremely rewarding for everyone involved. We look forward to developing the programme further, bringing tennis to the kids. They all know and follow the Murray Brothers, therefore it is the right time to build on their legacy."
Dr Marcella McCarthy, Principal, St Gregory the Great (Premier Tennis, Oxford):
"Working with Premier Tennis and Give It Your Max has been a real win for us at St Gregory The Great. To see young children getting a fun and positive first experience of tennis onsite has been a great addition to both our PE curriculum and after-school clubs offer. The feedback from children, teachers and parents has been wonderful, and one young lad was even selected to go to Wimbledon courtesy of Give It Your Max for a memorable day, enjoying a session with Head Coach Dan Bloxham, a private tour of the grounds and a photo with the men’s singles championship trophy. It’s inspired him to practice hard and has encouraged others to try tennis."
Jeff Hunter, Managing Director, Premier Tennis:
"We are privileged to be a delivery partner of Give It Your Max. Together, we have introduced tennis to almost 2,000 children in 26 different schools in 2017. While it’s great to have our coaching team inspire so many young people, it’s the personal stories that we love to hear: a boy lacking confidence finding something he can do well, a young girl getting hooked on tennis and now playing twice a week in the park close to school, two friends having their first rally of 10 shots, and so on. Give It Your Max is enabling all this venue by venue, helping coaches with work and supporting us at Premier Tennis to achieve our mission of improving lives through tennis."
Linda Stacey, Schools Games Organiser at Newsome High School (GIYM/TF Disability Programme):
"The funding received from GIYM has been fantastic and enabled a Tennis programme to be developed at Newsome High School, linking to Longley Community Sports Club. I have received a lot of support for the programme, particularly from the Tennis Foundation. It has been great to watch the children progress and really enjoy their tennis. The parents have loved it as well and been very supportive which has led to increased participation at Longley Community Sports Club."
Chris Howard, Head Coach, South East London Tennis (Lewisham):
"Give It Your Max provides fantastic opportunities for children and Primary schools to access tennis in deprived areas of Lewisham. It is great to see kids enjoying a sport in schools that they have never previously had the opportunity to try."
Teacher, Sunny Side Academy (Part of the GIYM/TF Disability Programme):
"The staff have enjoyed working on this project and have been up-skilled in tennis coaching. This has helped to build stronger rapport with the children they work with. They are now eager to invest their time into other projects around the school which has resulted in whole school improvement"
Sports Coordinator, Derwen College (Part of the GIYM/TF Disability Programme):
"Tennis is a game for everyone and with the GIYM funding all students have the opportunity to access the sport at their own level."
Coach – Ben Lett (Hillingdon):
"The GIYM tennis programme is a vital tool in introducing children to tennis. It gives them the chance to use new skills and a new sport in a fun environment and signposts them into continuing their tennis journey outside of school"
Coach – Michael Aderogba (Barnet):
"Teachers have been happy and children have improved. Children are always eager to come along and eager to learn new skills. It’s been amazing to help introduce tennis to more children in the area. And I will love to have some inter school tournaments to give the kids more to look forward to."
Organiser – Nick Frost (Hillingdon & Barnet):
"We have been pleased to have continued use of the GIYM funding to offer tennis within local primary schools in Hillingdon and Barnet. We look forward to continuing this partnership with GIYM and bringing tennis into the reach of more local children who may not otherwise get the opportunity"
Sir Trevor McDonald
"We may never be able to change the world but we can at least try to assist in making it a better place. Give It Your Max and its partners may never produce a winner of Wimbledon or the US Open, but we can take the glory of playing the game to a wider community. Little by little we can begin to make the difference."
Lucas (aged 10) disability player (Cerebral Palsy)
"Tennis is everything to me. It makes me feel happy and determined when I am playing it. It means the world to me. I love it!"
Jess (aged 9) - Lordswood Tennis Club
I like how it’s a sport but you don’t have to do a lot of running - I like that it’s more technical. It’s not about running around, it’s about getting into the right position. It makes me feel happier - especially when you hit the ball."
Oscar (aged 11) - Edgbaston Priory:
"Tennis has helped me get into sports and helped me realise sports are fun and good and they make you feel good afterwards. Mark is really good because he teaches you well but he also likes to have a laugh and when you have fun it’s better."
Sheena (aged 9)- Oxford GIYM:
"I would encourage my friend by saying how fun it is, you could get to go to a tournament, you could win and you could represent your school. I also like playing with other people and helping them"