Anna & Heidi’s Wimbledon Week !!
Dena Nelson-Smith, our Senior Head Coach, nominated Members, Anna Turner and Heidi King (who are both on Dena’s Apprenticeship scheme) to work in the LTA Play Tennis zone at Wimbledon for the Championships this year. They applied, and we are proud to say that they were both lucky enough to be selected and given the opportunity to coach in the zone for the second week of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships.
Well done to Anna & Heidi (and thanks to Dena, of-course)
Heidi & Anna at Wimbledon
This is what Anna had to say about this extraordinary experience……
“Working at Wimbledon was the opportunity of a lifetime – we were extremely lucky to be selected as volunteers for week two of the championships, and it is an experience that we will never forget!
We were kitted out when we arrived with passes and uniforms and met the rest of our team, then explored the grounds in an attempt to familiarise ourselves with the courts, as we would inevitably be asked for directions. However, we hadn’t realised that we would be mistaken as players due to our all white kit with the British flag. We certainly had our fair share of ‘fame’, with requests for autographs and photos with members of the public, which was a slight shock to the system.
Throughout the week, we helped run activities in the LTA play zone including speed of serve, hit the wall, Batak, mini tennis and paddle tennis. It was great fun, and improved our confidence organising, communicating and coaching a wide range of participants, as well as hearing about experiences of other coaches that we could bring home with us.
When we had breaks, we could go onto the courts to watch matches. We saw some incredible matches on centre court including Konta v Halep, Muguruza v Williams, and Federer v Dimitrov. And who could forget that moment Kim Cljisters invited a member of public to play and gave him her skirt… we were on tip toe to get a sneak peek of the drama
We also got the opportunity to meet Anne Keothavong who was sat behind us in one of Kontas matches. She was lovely, very happy to chat to us and let us get a photo of the occasion. Olly murs, David Hayes and Louisa Johnson also came to the play zone to show off their tennis skills.
Our final highlight was seeing Federer on the practice court on finals day. We had front row seats – perfect for us to see how the champion prepared to go on to centre court. There couldn’t have been a better way to end the most fantastic week, and we hope that we may get the opportunity to volunteer again in the future. “