Community sports coach Joel Rollinson enjoyed a VIP visit to the home of tennis in recognition of his work promoting the sport in Bridlington.
His trip to Wimbledon included lunch in the Presidential Suite, the chance to watch Roger Federer on Centre Court and an update on how Joel’s project has been rolled out in other parts of the country.
He has created and delivered Serves, a programme which aims to get people on the court and off the streets – using tennis to boost confidence, promote a healthy lifestyle and combat anti-social behaviour.
Joel said: “It was absolutely superb to get this opportunity for a VIP visit to the home of tennis at Wimbledon, and I would like to thank Street Games for their very kind nomination for me to go.
“It’s amazing that the Serves programme created here in Bridlington has gone on to such success in other places as well.”
Joel, who is the current Bridlington Tennis Club singles champion, went to the National Tennis Centre in London earlier this year to look at a new method of delivering the programme he devised.
He then put them into practice in his home town and they are now part of nine-week modules which are being used to improve the lives on people aged 11 and over around the UK.
“I am very pleased that the programme has now progressed and I have monitored first-hand the improvements to each young person’s health and self-confidence,” he added.
“I also believe the programme has a lot to offer when giving young people the chance to play tennis for free, as tennis is well known for being a middle class sport.”
During his visit to Wimbledon, Joel also had the opportunity to meet David Rawlinson, the president of the LTA, and listened to a talk from former British number one tennis player Annabel Croft.
He watched games involving Roger Federer, Victoria Azerenka and Serena Williams and met Heather Watson during his time at the National Tennis Centre.