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Wimbledon Foundation opens £65k funding opportunities

Squash Squared is helping improve fitness levels and academic attainment of pupils from three Wandsworth schools

The Wimbledon Foundation, the charity of The All England Lawn Tennis Club, is offering funding of £65,000 to local groups and clubs to help meet social needs in Merton and Wandsworth.

The Get Set, Get Active Fund, launched in 2016, aims to help people of all ages and abilities to take part in physical or sports activities in their community.

Groups and clubs active in the boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth can apply for grants ranging from £500 up to £2,500 towards the costs of direct sports or physical activity provision including equipment and kits, coaching fees and venue hire. Applications are encouraged from groups which tackle social problems and help people facing disadvantages to improve their quality of life.

Helen Parker, Wimbledon Foundation & Community Manager said, “We believe in the power of sport to improve people’s physical and mental wellbeing and in bringing people together. Through our Get Set, Get Active Fund we want to support the fantastic work being done by local groups and clubs to help improve people’s lives in the communities of Merton and Wandsworth.”

In 2017, 26 local groups and clubs were awarded grants covering a variety of pursuits from dance classes for those recovering from mental health issues to community golf sessions.

One of the successful applicants was Squash Squared, an after-school squash and education programme for disadvantaged children from three Wandsworth schools. The children enjoy the chance to play squash and receive extra support with their Maths followed by a nutritious supper. Stacey Ross, Director of Squash Squared said, “Squash Squared is not only helping to improve fitness levels but also pupils’ self-esteem and confidence, school attendance and academic attainment.”

Participants enjoy a dance class at Age UK Merton

Age UK Merton used their Get Set, Get Active Fund grant to grow their healthy living activities for older people in Merton. Rob Clarke, Chief Executive at Age UK Merton said, “We are very excited to be supported by the Wimbledon Foundation’s Get Set, Get Active fund. This support enables us to run classes and activities for older people in Merton such as Zumba Gold, yoga, dances and health walks. Not only do these activities help older people keep fit, healthy and active, but also provides social interaction to avoid isolation in later life.”

Full details of how to apply can be found at www.wimbledon.com/foundation/getactive. The closing date is Friday 16 March 2018.