The Wimbledon Foundation, the charity of The All England Lawn Tennis Club and The Championships, has awarded grants totalling more than £65,000 to help improve the health and wellbeing of local residents through access to community sports.
The Get Set, Get Active Fund, launched by the Wimbledon Foundation in 2016, aims to help local people of all ages and abilities to take part in physical or sports activities. Grants are awarded to local projects designed to not only improve people’s physical wellbeing but also to aid their mental wellbeing by learning a new skill, meeting new people and in turn making communities stronger.
Grants have recently been awarded to 29 local groups and clubs active in the boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth covering a varied range of pursuits from rollerblading sessions for young people to chair-based exercise classes for the over-60s.
Helen Parker, Head of the Wimbledon Foundation said:
“Sport not only improves people’s physical wellbeing, but it can also help improve people’s mental wellbeing through learning a new skill or making new friends. In line with our goal to support healthy and active lives, we want to support the fantastic work being done by local groups and clubs as they start up again and continue helping to improve people’s lives in our local community.”
The Wimbledon Foundation also encouraged applications from organisations tackling social problems and helping people facing disadvantages to improve their quality of life. Share Community
are using their grant to run specialist therapeutic movement and dance activities for adults with learning disabilities and autism while Ethnic Minority Centre will run swimming sessions for older people from BAME communities.
Disability Sports Coach will use their Get Set, Get Active grant towards providing a weekly sports club for disabled people in Wandsworth offering a range of activities including tennis, basketball and football.
Peter Ackred, Chief Executive, said:
“Disability Sports Coach is hugely grateful to the Wimbledon Foundation for their ongoing support of our community club. Only 17% of disabled people play sport once a week – half as much as non-disabled people. Our club in Wandsworth is one of our longest-running. We’re proud to have reached hundreds of disabled people across the borough, including Alexandra – who hadn’t missed a session in two years before the club was forced to close in the lockdown. The Foundation’s support means that, when safe, we can reopen and continue to provide this vital hub so many more people like Alexandra can benefit.”
The Wimbledon Foundation also supports Merton Schools Sports Partnership (MSSP) and Enable Leisure & Culture which works in Wandsworth secondary schools. MSSP’s Top-Up initiative helps primary school pupils to learn the life-saving skill of swimming, while Enable Leisure & Culture will be delivering sports leadership sessions for girls through their Girls Active project.
The AELTC is continuing to provide support for communities impacted by the pandemic, combining the use of our facilities, resources and £1.2m of charitable giving from the Wimbledon Foundation to aid the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts across society.