The Forte Village - 24Hr Tennis Marathon 2018

24hr Forte Villa Tennis Marathon 2018

Commonwealth Gold medalist, Jocelyn Rae and Danny Sapsford will be playing tennis continuously at the NTC for 24hrs, play will start at Saturday 17th February 2018 at noon. This is a fundraising event to help 12 tennis clubs raise money towards capital projects at their club, helping more people play more tennis. Each club will bring a team to play against Danny and Jocelyn who will each be partnered by different Davis and Fed Cup pros throughout the 24hrs. Some of the projects the clubs will be raising funds for this year include: court resurfacing, floodlights and tennis wheelchairs. Spectators welcome.

Tennis Exhibition Match - Mansour Bahrami/John Peers

On Sunday 2nd July, Bright Ideas for Tennis hosted a tennis exhibition at the exclusive St George’s Hill Lawn Tennis Club. John Peers, current ATP World number 2 ranked doubles player and reigning Australian Open Champion, was joined by the one and only Mansour Bahrami for an afternoon of fun, entertainment, and incredible tennis. Pre-tennis, VIP guests were treated to an exclusive Q & A with the tennis stars hosted by Dan Lobb, and entertainment was provided by tennis impersonator, Josh Berry. The tennis venue was beautiful, the courts were pristine, the weather was glorious, and the tennis was entertaining and fun to watch. Bahrami was at his very best, putting on a real show for those lucky enough to be in attendance. All funds raised from the day will go towards the Bright Ideas for Tennis ‘I Play 30’ project, which is designed to get more players from a special needs background playing tennis.

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Forte Village 24hr Tennis Marathon 2017

For the fourth year running, we ran the Forte Village 24hr Tennis Marathon at the NTC, Roehampton. Danny Sapsford and Wimbledon sensation Marcus Willis played tennis for 24 hours continuously and were partnered by a selection of Davis Cup pros and current ATP players including Liam Broady. A selection 12 of tennis clubs from across the UK made a tremendous effort to bring a team of players and support to provide the opposition, all raising funds for a specific club project. Projects this year include providing disability access at Byfield Tennis Club, wheelchair purchase at Southbourne Tennis Club and providing toilets and running water in the clubhouse at Ely Tennis Club.

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24hr Charity Gala Dinner 2016

The second Bright Ideas for Tennis Gala Dinner proved to be another resounding success. More than 200 guests, representing the 12 tennis clubs that took part in the 24hr Tennis Marathon were treated to an evening of fun and laughter in the iconic setting of the Wimbledon Debenture lounge.

Dragons Den’s Richard Farleigh, tennis impersonator, Josh Berry, and TV legend, Bobby Davro entertained, whilst tennis legends David Lloyd, Roger Taylor and GB Davis Cup Champion Dominic Inglot gave the audience an insight as to life on the ATP Tour. Perfectly hosted by Dan Lobb, the evening raised over £30,000 which will be donated to a variety of capital projects at worthy tennis venues across the UK.

If your club would like to take part in this fundraising event for 2017, please contact Danny Sapsford on danny@brightideasfortennis.org

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Tandem Skydive

As part of this years 24hr Marathon, Danny and a selection of club representatives completed a Tandem skydive at Headcorn Flight Centre, Kent. Designed to improve awareness of the event, to better engage the club membership, and to raise additional funds, the Skydive took place on 24th March 2016. As well as achieving the goals stated, great fun was had by all.

Forte Village 24hr Tennis Marathon 2016

24hr Forte Villa Tennis Marathon 2016

For the 3rd year, Bright Ideas for Tennis completed a successful 24hr tennis marathon, sponsored by Forte Village, Sardinia. Danny Sapsford and Luke Milligan played tennis for 24 hours non-stop on behalf of the charity. Play took place at the National Tennis Centre, Roehampton, beginning on Saturday 20th February 2016 and ended at 12 noon the following day. Partnered by a selection of Davis Cup and Fed Cup Pros, the opposition were provided by a selection of tennis clubs from across the UK, all raising money for a specific club projects.

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24hr Charity Gala Dinner 2015

Bright Ideas for Tennis hosted the 24hr Charity Gala Dinner at the All England LTC to celebrate the successful 2015 24hr tennis marathon.

The evening was an enormous success with entertainment from Alistair McGowan and West End Musical singer Phil Cavill. The 250 guests were also given a real treat (and an insight in to the world of tennis) when tennis celebrities David Lloyd, Simon Reed and Bob Brett were interviewed on stage by the evening’s host, Dan Lobb.

The live auction saw some fantastic lots go under the hammer. A game of golf with Tim Henman, holidays to Forte Village, and a unique drawing by Andy Murray (his interpretation of winning Wimbledon in 2013) were just a few of the auction items that contributed to the raising of over £32,000 on the night.

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Jocelyn Rae to support Bright Ideas for Tennis's Fundraising Event

Joss has been one of the best doubles players in GB for the past 5 years, winning over 20 WTA / ITF titles. With a WTA highest world ranking of 67, Joss made the 3rd round of the Australian Open (2016), and the QF of the Mixed Doubles at Wimbledon (2017). She was a permanent fixture in the GB Fed Cup Team from 2011-17, but the highlight of her career came at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi where she won a Gold medal in the Mixed Doubles with compatriot Colin Fleming.

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