The All Star Youth Tennis Scholarship Trust (All Star Tennis Trust or ASYTS) is a local, volunteer run, child focused charity through which the trustees believe that tennis can change lives
Beneficial impact of tennis as a sport for children
The Trust focuses on our core aim of financially helping children without the parental means to achieve the best use of their talent for tennis through performance coaching or our development programs.
Funded through the volunteer efforts of the trustees and the backing of local community minded supporters in Wandsworth.
All funds raised are spent on the children we support as we operate with no running costs.
The All Star Youth Tennis Scholarship Trust 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 All Star Tennis Trust 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 by coaching a regular weekly session in the past.
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.
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 four 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 for additional 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.
Deji is supported with expenses incurred with attending national and international tournaments.
Monique is supported in the developmental performance program at an LTA accredited High Performance Centre.
Brooklyn is supported with expenses incurred with attending national and international tournaments.
Iman receives high performance coaching on a weekly basis from an experienced international performance coach.
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. Feedback from the school was that it was a tremendous success and they were delighted with how the first term 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 was 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.
Chairman of the All Star Youth Tennis Scholarship Trust: Sean Molony (07811 942032) | Trustees: Sean Molony, Benjamin White, Benjamin Jackson, Peter Brimelow