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Mitcham kids get taste of tennis thanks to community project

Mitcham kids get taste of tennis thanks to community project

A group of kids from Mitcham were given an inside look at the world of Wimbledon tennis as during the last week of a month-long project.

As part of a community project at Phipps Bridge Youth Centre, kids were taken on a tour of the All England Tennis Club and Museum.

AFC Wimbledon players Terell Thomas and Archie Procter also popped into the community hub to meet children, who participated in multi-sports events, art classes, and even put together a podcast.

Run by the club's foundation, its director Philip Rudling said the response was excellent.

"Local residents have commented on how it’s good to see provision for young people on the estate and parents have constantly been asking if we can continue the project into next year.

"The scope and range of activity was a key factor in the success, providing activity apart from our normal sports offer.

"Many children just wanted to hang out and chat with our staff team and the relaxed informal nature of the project worked well.

“This pilot was an opportunity to show the difference we can make in our local community as a club and Foundation. We now intend to extend this work into other areas and commit resources to those locations that need us the most.”

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