Coaches and Players train with Wimbledon Boy Balls and Girls

Totally Tennis coaches Ben Jubin and Shyam Vithlani were joined by fellow Totally Alumni and current players at Wimbledon last weekend. The players were there to play while this year’s ball boys and girls candidates practice their skills ahead of the start of this years Championships in early July.

Steph Catlin, Simon James, Ali Olrog and Alex Dawson all played with Rubin and Vithlani at the famous SW19 location. In her other role as manager of the Wimbledon Championships ball boys and girls (BBG’s), Queen Mary’s College (QMC) PE Teacher Goldson invited the coaches and players to participate in the training process.

Busy Fortnight Ahead for QMC’s Sarah Goldson

Queen Mary’s College (QMC) PE teacher and tennis team manager Sarah Goldson has swapped her teacher duties for the next fortnight for her other role as manager of the Wimbledon ball boys and girls.

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Alongside her job at the local college Goldson has been working as the Ballboy/Ballgirl Manager at the Wimbledon Championships since 2011 after referring for several years for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) alongside her teaching duties. Goldson’s position at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) involves selecting, recruiting and managing the training of all the BBGs. The job as Ballboy/Ballgirl Manager involves working at the All England Club approximately one hundred days a year, including the Championships fortnight.

On the even of this year’s event Goldson said “This is my fifth championships in charge of the ball boys and girls. It has once again been a busy year combining this role with my teaching post at QMC but I enjoy the challenge“.

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Goldson starts training with the selected boys and girls in February at All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC). Each prospective ball boy/girl will train once a fortnight and also attend four brief court training sessions at the covered courts before Easter and after the Easter break all training takes place at Wimbledon (mainly on the Covered Courts) and lasts until mid June apart from school holidays. 250 Ball Boys and Girls (BBGs) from around 700 applicants work at The Championships, Wimbledon and most of them spend two years as a BBG. Four teams of six selected to be responsible for Centre and No.1 Courts and six teams of six rotate around the other show courts.

It is a real privilege to have this job and watch the selected candidates progress through training.” she added, “There are always tough decisions to make about who does and who does not progress through the programme but ultimately the sacrifices they make are thoroughly rewarded when they step on the world’s most famous courts.

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The current college tennis team as well as ex-players/coaches also benefit from Goldson’s involvement with Wimbledon as they have the opportunity to play during some of the training sessions so that the BBGs can practice their set pieces that they work on in insolation in actual match situations (tie break, ball change etc). The QMC tennis team will be at the Wimbledon today watching the action on Court Two and Centre Court, a great way for all the players to celebrate the end of the college tennis season with a day out at a Grand Slam event.

Some of QMC’s players and ex tennis team, who are now coaches, have once again assisted by playing during some of the training sessions and it has been of great help. I am looking forward to seeing the BBGs on court tomorrow and like everyone am hoping for some sunshine.”

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Play starts today at 1pm on Centre Court where top seed, world number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic kicks off his 2016 campaign against Britain’s James Ward. British number one, second seed and 2013 champion Andy Murray will play his first round match against fellow Brit Liam Broady on Tuesday. For all the up-to-date Wimbledon information, daily schedule and results visit www.wimbledon.com

All photos used in this post are from the Totally Tennis blog archive.

For more information about this year’s Wimbledon Championships read previous post Tennis Talk: Brits at Wimbledon Preview

January In Pictures

Kirsty 2nd place White Horse OxfordKirsty Da Silva was runner-up in the 10 and U Grade 4 Girls Indoor Winter County tournament held at the White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre, Oxfordshire.

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Some of the coaches played at Wimbledon as part of the Ball Boys and Girls selection process for The Championships 2016

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Performance player Liam Hignett was selected for the Hampshire & IOW 18U County Cup Team

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Jamie Murray and new partner Bruno Soares were Australian Open Champions. British number one Andy Murray had to settle for runner-up in the Men’s singles event after he was beaten again by Novak Djovovic

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Photos of the Murray brothers used courtesy of http://www.bbc.com and http://www.lta.org.uk

Coaches Play At Wimbledon

Queen Marys College (QMC) PE teacher Sarah Goldson invited four of the Totally Tennis coaches to play at Wimbledon, former college players Shyam Vithlani, Ben Jubin and Ali Olrog were joined by fellow coach Jamie Jordan to play at famous SW19 location. In her other role as manager of the Wimbledon Championships ball boys and girls (BBG’s), Goldson took the coaches to this year’s selection session for the prospective candidates, six guys played across two days during the weekend.

Goldson said “It was great to have such a high standard of play, it means the candidates raise their level and this year we saw some excellent performances from the applicants.”

She added “It was also good to catch up with so many ex-QMC tennis players and relive some past golden moments!  Great to see they are all still enjoying playing Tennis.  I know they like playing during the BBG sessions, and the instructors think they are a great asset to the programme…….as do I.  Thanks guys.”

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Vithlani said “An enjoyable weekend competing against fellow coaches, great to feel part of the championships as part of the ball boys and girls assessment days.”

Goldson landed the BBG Manager position at the Wimbledon Championships in 2011 after refereeing for about seven years for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) alongside her job at the college. Goldson’s position at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) involves selecting, recruiting and managing the training of all the BBGs. The job as BBG Manager involves working at the All England Club approximately one hundred days a year, including the annual Championships fortnight.

Goldson Meets Her Tennis Hero

Queen Mary’s College (QMC) PE teacher Sarah Goldson has had a busy couple of weeks in her role as manager of the ball boys and girls (BBGs) at The Championships, Wimbledon. A huge tennis fan herself, this year she had the opportunity to meet her hero, Men’s singles finalist Roger Federer in person as he opened the new BBG complex before the start of this year’s event.

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Goldson said “It was an amazing experience to have Roger Federer open the new BBG Complex and the BBGs who were present were so excited to meet him. On a personal note, it was also a real privilege for me as I have admired and followed his progress for many years.” she added “It certainly made for a very exciting start to this year’s Championships!

Goldson starts training with the selected boys and girls in February at All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC). Each prospective ball boy/girl will train once a fortnight and also attend four brief court training sessions at the Covered Courts before Easter and after the Easter break all training takes place at Wimbledon (mainly on the Covered Courts) and lasts until mid June apart from school holidays. 250 Ball Boys and Girls (BBGs) from around 700 applicants work at The Championships, Wimbledon and most of them spend two years as a BBG. Four teams of six selected to be responsible for Centre and No.1 Courts and six teams of six rotate around the other show courts.

Photos used courtesy of www.wimbledon.com

Tennis Talk: Local PE Teacher and her Dream Wimbledon Job

Queen Mary’s College (QMC) PE teacher and tennis team manager Sarah Goldson is a busy lady as along with her teaching and tennis duties, she also manages the ball boys and girls (BBGs) at The Championships, Wimbledon. Goldson said, “It has been a busy couple of weeks in the run up to the Championships, although the programme started in October with new BBGs training from January onwards. It has been a great experience again this year working with such dedicated kids from Merton and Wandsworth Schools as well as others from surrounding areas.”

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Goldson landed the Ballboy/Ballgirl Manager position at the Wimbledon Championships in 2011 after refereeing for about seven years for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) alongside her job at the college. Goldson’s position at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) involves selecting, recruiting and managing the training of all the BBGs. The job as Ballboy/Ballgirl Manager involves working at the All England Club approximately one hundred days a year, including the Championships fortnight.

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The college’s tennis players also benefit from Goldson’s involvement with Wimbledon as they have the opportunity to play during some of the training sessions so that the BBGs are able to practice their set pieces that they work on in insolation in actual match situations (tie break, ball change etc). This is Goldson’s third year in charge of the BBGs, she commented “It’s always a real privilege to be working at such a prestigious tournament. I particularly enjoy the week prior to the tournament as it is about finalising the teams for approximately 250 BBGs, completing final practices on grass and making the selections for teams who will be working on the show courts.” she added ” It’s also an opportunity to get a glimpse of the top players practising in the relevant quiet of the grounds before the public arrives on Monday.”

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QMC Boys A team player Nick Dingwall completed his voluntary hours at Wimbledon for his Community Sports Leaders Award course, as part of the BBG team with Goldson. The BBGs were working at the Wildcard pre-qualifying event held over two days and Dingwall attended on the second day assisting with registering and supervising the BBGs to and from court as well as with general operational duties during the day. He also got to watch the British players in action and was able to learn about some of the key aspects of the BBGs on court work.

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Goldson said “I am really looking forward to this year’s tournament and am confident that the Ballboys and Girls will do us proud. It will be great to see the College Tennis players at Wimbledon on Tuesday, as we got tickets for Court One on that day  and most of them are coming.”