OVERVIEW

Previous beneficiary Deji
Previous beneficiary Deji

The All Star Youth Tennis Scholarship Trust (ASYTS) is a registered charity that was set-up in 2007 to further the development of kids from the borough of Wandsworth showing significant promise in their ability to play tennis without sufficient parental financial means to take it to a higher level. The inspiration behind the ASYTS was Sebastian Wray who had dedicated himself to the sport of tennis and the Wandsworth Tennis Centre from the age of 11 and whom the coaches, Ben Jackson and Ben White at All Star Tennis, felt could benefit from a higher level of training and development which would ultimately be an advantage to the wider tennis community in Wandsworth. In 2008, Sebastian became the first beneficiary of the Trust and was given a grant to study at a Spanish Tennis Academy. Sebastian has subsequently gone on to become a successful full-time tennis coach at a local tennis club

and put back into the Trust in the past by coaching a regular weekly session. It is intended that the Trust will benefit many young people in Wandsworth who are dedicated to the sport of tennis and have shown the same exceptional commitment as Sebastian. Although the funds at the Trust’s disposal are relatively modest, the aspirations of the trustees for wanting to make a difference are high. The Trust has been funded by a combination of individual gifts, sponsored events and an annual fund raising day and is administered by four local trustees, Sean Molony, Ben White, Ben Jackson and Peter Brimelow. The trustees involved with the Trust continue to contribute their services and knowledge voluntarily to maximise the amounts that can be given as grants.

ASYTS awards grants to young people who have shown promise and dedication to tennis in the Wandsworth community.

We would be very grateful for direct contributions to the Trust from friends and fellow players. The Trust has been approved for Gift Aid Status with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs which will be applicable to all donations provided a gift aid declaration has been obtained from the donor.

CURRENT BENEFICIARIES

It is intended that the Trust will benefit many young people connected to the borough of Wandsworth showing significant promise in their ability to play tennis without sufficient parental financial means to take it to a higher level without the help of the Trust. The Trust is currently focusing on high performance training sessions with leading coaches for our most promising prospects. The trustees are concentrating our resources on the coaching and development of five children that we have identified as being particularly suitable to be beneficiaries of the Trust. All these children have shown high levels of ability and a strong desire to be champions. Their enthusiasm foradditional high performance coaching and development funded by the Trust, that would be difficult for their parents to afford without our help, has endorsed our commitment.

Hover over the photos to see how the children have benefitted from the work of the Trust:

  • Monique and Pierre
      Monique and Pierre
      Pierre and Monique are in the developmental performance pathway at an LTA accredited High Performance Centre.
    • Brooklyn
        Brooklyn
        Brooklyn is training at an LTA supported Youth Tennis Academy, in a full squad program with individual lessons.
      • MJ
          MJ
          MJ is receiving individual high performance coaching from an internationally experienced tennis coach
        • Iman
            Iman

            Iman receives high performance coaching on a weekly basis from an experienced coach.

          HIGH PERFORMANCE COACHING PROGRAMS

          Programs provided for the Trust recipients include these key aspects

          Individual Lessons
          100%
          Squad Sessions
          100%
          Fitness and Conditioning Sessions
          100%
          Yoga
          100%

          COMMUNITY ACTIVITY

          The All Star Youth Tennis Scholarship Trust has for some years managed a Schools Outreach and Development Program for local school children in Wandsworth together with the backing of Thomas’s Foundation. The support of the Trust has been instrumental in enabling free taster sessions and talent identification to take place and given the potential for talented children to be fed into the development community squad sessions run by All Star Tennis across the Borough. The squad sessions have continued year round and thus also been played in the cold and fading light but still for the love of tennis. This program has allowed the All Star Youth Tennis Scholarship Trust to support children at the grass roots level and help identify potential stars of tomorrow.

          In 2015, the All Star Youth Tennis Scholarship Trust initiated a pilot project with Swaffield School that ran for the summer term. The Trust contributes to half of the cost of the tennis coaching sessions (coach fee) and the school pays the other half. The program is focused on children that could not afford to attend after schools clubs and is held at breakfast time. Initial feedback from the school was that it was a tremendous success and they were delighted with how the first session went and how many of the selected pupils attended. In time, the coach may be able to identify players of significant promise who could be future Trust beneficiaries. The project has been so successful that a further session has been added in 2016 and a second school added to the program.

          The Chairman, Sean Molony, and trustee, Ben White, discussing the Trust with the legend Mansour Bahrami.

          Ben Jackson coaching in Ethiopia as part of a previously Trust set-up tennis development program.

          Danny Sapsford and Andrew Richardson providing a coaching workshops to help raise funds for the Trust in 2014.

          Trustees, Ben White and Ben Jackson competing in an exhibition match to raise funds for the Trust.

          PREVIOUS BENEFICIARIES

          Hover over the photos to see how the children have benefitted from the work of the Trust:

          Want to raise money for the All Star Youth Scholarship Trust?

          We have more demand for grants than we have had available funds. In the past, we have had 3-Peaks walkers and half marathon, marathon and 100k challenge event runners. If you would like to do any activity for us, please contact the Chairman of the Trust, Sean Molony

          Chairman of the All Star Youth Tennis Scholarship Trust: Sean Molony (07811 942032) | Trustees: Sean Molony, Benjamin White, Benjamin Jackson, Peter Brimelow | Treasurer: Irene Jackson, Noah’s Ark. Mill Street, Boltonsborough, Glastonbury. BA6 8RJ | Tel: 01458850594 |  Email