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The AELTC coordinates and funds two programmes to promote junior tennis in the UK and worldwide  - the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative, and the HSBC Road to Wimbledon. 

The Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative

Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative

- The WJTI began in 2001 and is a community tennis initiative run by The All England Club in partnership with Merton and Wandsworth. In total Dan Bloxham and his team of coaches have visited over 450 schools and given more than 100,000 kids their first experience of tennis.

- Around 300 children per day also attend free tennis coaching and skills sessions held at the Club 45 weekends a year.

- Squad of 45 selected players receive additional individual coaching before and after school.

- At The Championships: Selected players from the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative (WJTI) entertain spectators with a mixture of tennis exercises and general sports skills and drills on the middle Saturday and final Sunday. 

- Around 250 children and their parents who have shown particular commitment and enthusiasm throughout the year will visit the Club to see the players practising on the Championship courts.

- WJTI has one international player, Lila Simpson (11), a further two at National level, five regional and over 20 county standard players. WJTI players compete at every level from 8 & Under Mini Red to International.

- Winners of Surrey Mini League Red and Orange Girls 2008 HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 and Under Challenge.

The HSBC Road to Wimbledon


In April 2001, the Club launched The HSBC Road to Wimbledon, which showcases many of Britain’s fledgling stars of the future and endeavours to serve as an important stepping stone towards encouraging the grass-roots players to continue enjoying their tennis, and strive to become the best that they can be, and perhaps one day become a professional tennis player.

The Road To Wimbledon is all about clubs, tennis centres, and BSTA schools supporting their juniors and organising a HSBC Road To Wimbledon tournament giving opportunities for keen juniors to progress to the County Finals and then onwards to the National Finals at Roehampton.

The event is in three stages and encourages boys and girls of all standards to play and enjoy competitive tennis. Entries to host a Stage 1 event are open to local clubs and schools in England, Scotland, and Wales. The 2013 event is open to all boys and girls who are 14 & under during 2013 and have not reached the age of 15 during 2012.

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