Abigail is a former professional tennis player, with over 15 years experience in the sports and entertainment business.
Prior to her new position at GIYM, Abigail was formerly a Client Director at Octagon Inc. where she was recognized as one of the leading agents in the industry, managing and supporting global talent such as Anna Kournikova, Andy Murray, Martina Hingis, Laura Robson, Marion Bartoli, Grigor Dimitrov, Darren Gough, Damon Hill and Paula Radcliffe.
After 13 years in Client Management, Abigail went on to head up the European Events and Sponsorship Division for the global luxury goods brand, Maui Jim. In this capacity she was responsible for securing and managing all European commercial partnerships including the exclusive ATP official eyewear deal, in combination with managing a portfolio of 30 European sporting events and securing headline brand ambassadors.
Abigail continues to be an active tennis player and is a member of the All England Lawn Tennis Club and Committee member of the International Club of Great Britain. As a mother she understands the important role that sport can play to enhance a child’s life and is honored to continue the great legacy of ‘Give It Your Max’, a charity that has touched and continues to touch many children’s lives.
Michelle Oldham brings much experience of many different aspects of tennis, including playing, coaching and administration, to her role at GIYM. Having first picked up a racket at the age of eight years, Michelle attended and played for the University of Arizona and won the inter-collegiate title in 1992, which qualified her to compete in the US Open doubles main draw that same year.
Having decided against pursuing a playing career, Michelle qualified as a coach, working in the United States and Oman before returning to the UK to take up a coaching position at St George’s Hill Lawn Tennis Club (STGH). Michelle made the move into tennis management at STGH when she accepted the role of Rackets Manager, a position she held for over nine years. In 2009 Michelle joined The Queen’s Club in London as its Sports Manager, where she oversaw all aspects of the tennis programme for its junior and adult membership.
Michelle remains active on-court, competing regularly for STGH and representing Great Britain in the Seniors World Team Championships (she and her team won the women’s 40’s world title in 2014. Michelle is a member of the GB Seniors national selection committee and a member of All England Lawn Tennis Club.
As someone who has been involved in tennis from a very young age and who has chosen to make tennis her career, Michelle knows only too well about the benefits and opportunities that tennis can provide to an individual.
Laura has worked in the charity sector for the last ten years, eight of these in a Fundraiser capacity. She has experience of fundraising for medical, sports and children’s charities. Her expertise lies within Trust and Foundation fundraising, however she also has a vast knowledge of events co-ordination and management, having organised small and large events, including Corporate Clay Pigeon Shoots, Gala Dinners and Open Days. She is also confident in coordinating marathon runners for the London Marathon, having done so for 5 consecutive years for a medium sized charity. She likes to get involved with the charities she works with, and has taken part in sponsored events as part of her commitment, including doing a tandem skydive!