Give It Your Max, a UK Tennis Charity, is delighted to announce that British tennis star Harriet Dart has joined the charity in the role of Player Ambassador.
At 24, Harriet is one of the UK’s most promising young tennis players and is on course to become a Top 100 WTA player. Harriet reached a career-high WTA singles ranking of World No.122, following her success at the Brisbane International in January 2019. She is currently the 3rd highest ranked British tennis player and has solidified her place in the British Fed Cup squad. She made her WTA debut at the 2015 Aegon International and has won 14 titles on the ITF women’s circuit. 2020 has already seen Harriet achieve a career first at the Australian Open, reaching Round 2 to face Simona Halep in the Rod Laver Arena. With her dedication to the sport and her incredible attitude and work ethic, Harriet will be a wonderful role model and an inspiration to the Give It Your Max children.
Harriet says, ‘I am really excited to be a Player Ambassador for Give It Your Max and to help support the brilliant work that they do. Tennis has given me so many opportunities in my life and I am absolutely delighted to help Give It Your Max with their mission of bringing our amazing sport to as many children as possible, particularly those that wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to play tennis.’
Abigail Tordoff, CEO of Give It Your Max, added; ‘We are delighted that Harriet has agreed to join Heather Watson and Cam Norrie and become a Give It Your Max Player Ambassador. Harriet has a very promising future ahead of her and the children from our programmes really look up to her, which makes her an ideal role model. Harriet is passionate about helping those less fortunate, and like us, believes that every child has the right to play tennis. We are very excited about the work that we can do together.’
About Give It Your Max: Give It Your Max (GIYM) is a UK tennis charity working to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable children. GIYM works with children aged 4 – 18 years old. The charity pays for qualified tennis coaches to introduce the sport to children in deprived areas of the UK. Through it’s tennis programmes GIYM aims to improve mental health and self-esteem, reduce obesity and inactivity, tackle antisocial behaviour and gang crime as well as create opportunity and encourage aspiration. Results from a data research project found that 97% of children say they feel more confident since starting GIYM sessions. Parents have seen a 60% increase in friendships and teachers have observed a 59% increase in their concentration levels in the classroom. GIYM coaches have noted a 71% positive impact on children’s physical wellbeing and 64% on the children’s mental wellbeing.