Fundraising Events

We host and organise a multitude of fundraising events including 24hr marathons, skydives, gala dinners, and football matches. These events help us to raise funds to increase participation, and improve playing facilities within UK tennis clubs and venues. Our most recent project I Play 30, provides free weekly tennis sessions for players with disabilities and we currently operate I Play 30 sessions at 17 venues throughout the UK.


Breakpoint 2019 - a Charity Challenge

Raising funds to provide free tennis activity sessions for people experiencing mental ill health, learning, sensory and physical disabilities.

In June, Robyn Moore completed a monumental tennis challenge on behalf of Bright Ideas for Tennis, Breakpoint 2019. Her target was to hit 200,000 tennis shots throughout the month. Putting this in to perspective, she had to hit 1 shot every 4 seconds for 8 hours a day, for 30 consecutive days. In doing so, Robyn visited 47 venues across the UK, starting in her home town of Fleet on the 1st June, travelling all the way up to Glasgow and Edinburgh, before finishing at the AELTC Community Sports Ground on the 30th.

En route, the Breakpoint Tour visited a wide selection of venues including parks, schools, tennis clubs, SEN schools, pre Wimbledon exhibition events and ATP/WTA Pro Tournaments. Robyn, who suffers from PTSD herself, was aiming to raise awareness of the benefits of sport to anyone with a mental health condition, and to raise funds in order to provide free weekly tennis sessions for a variety of disability groups, but with a particular focus on mental well-being.

She explains the relevance of the 200,000 shots as follows; “I estimated the length of the tennis court as 25 metres. So hitting 200,000 shots means striking the ball 5 million meters. This equates to 1 meter for every adult in the UK that is suffering with a mental health condition. I am happy to admit that tennis probably saved my life and now I want to raise funds that will allow others in a similar situation to me, the opportunity to use tennis as a tool to help them on the road to recovery too” Many famous tennis players showed their support throughout June including Tim Henman, Lucy Shuker, Pat Cash, and Richard Krajicek. Robyn was also overwhelmed by the support from the clubs. Each venue staged a variety of events to support Breakpoint 2019, ranging from kids tournaments, adult cardio classes, tennis marathons, and disability sessions.

It was very important to all involved in the challenge to emphasise the benefits that the social side of tennis brings. Tennis has been scientifically proven to reduce stress levels, and to decrease anxiety. It allows participants to make new friends, feel less isolated, and most importantly to have fun. If you, or anyone that you know would benefit from our free weekly tennis sessions, please get in touch by emailing danny@brightideasfortennis.org

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24hr Tennis Marathon 2019

24hr Tennis Marathon 2019

A huge thank you to everyone that took part and made the 24 hr Tennis Marathon a success! A special well done to Marcus Willis and Lucie Ahl for playing continuously, and to all the pros that joined them throughout the 24 hours.

Over 100 club players representing 12 venues from across the UK joint 12 Davis Cup / Fed Cup players at the NTC for another 24 hours of fun, laughter and competition. The players were raising funds for a variety of capital projects at their respective venues ranging from new courts, floodlight funds, and clubhouse refurbishments

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The Forte Village - 24hr Tennis Marathon 2018

24hr Forte Villa Tennis Marathon 2018

Commonwealth Gold medalist, Jocelyn Rae and Danny Sapsford played tennis continuously at the NTC for 24hrs non-stop, to help 12 tennis clubs raise funds towards club projects including court resurfacing, floodlights and tennis wheelchairs. Clubs involved at this year's event included Chatteris LTC , Charnwood LTC and Priory LTC. We were also privileged to have Benedict Tyler, GB special athlete, and Lilly Mills on court, to help with a Down's Syndrome Tennis session as well as players and coaches from two clubs in the North East who participated in a Visually Impaired Session. Danny and Jocelyn were also partnered throughout the event by Davis and Fed Cup pros, including Ollie Golding, Jonny Marray, James Auckland, Miles Maclagan, Luke Milligan and the new Lawn Tennis Association chief executive Scott Lloyd.

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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.