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.See event photos »
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 email@example.comSee more photos »
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.
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.See event photos »
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.