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Wimbledon Foundation – Set for Success

The Set for Success Programme is a new initiative funded by the Wimbledon Foundation (the charitable arm of The All England Lawn Tennis Club, AELTC and The Championships) delivered in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust.


This two-year Youth Leadership initiative has been designed to provide young people from disadvantaged backgrounds from across the UK with the opportunity to develop valuable life and leadership skills through mentoring sessions delivered by inspirational athletes.

Target group: Young people currently in Year 10, who show layering factors that identify them as being most at risk of become not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Programme information: The Set for Success programme, through long term intervention, aims to improve young people's life chances, their positive social engagement and their involvement in education by helping them to develop their confidence, aspirations, resilience and self-esteem through leadership in sport.

Schools involved will commit to the programme for a minimum of a two-year period. During which they will be a part of an intensive intervention supported with ongoing Athlete Mentor delivery interspersed by teacher-led school sessions. During year 10, pupils will take part in core programme delivery, moving on to become a programme mentor as they move into year 11.

Athlete Mentor sessions focus on developing key employability skills which are crucial beyond education. Sport and social action are both used as programme elements which allow the young people to apply skills in practice and influence something which is important to them. All young people during the first year of the programme will receive a Wimbledon Foundation Set for Success Professional Skills Award, accredited by Sports Leaders UK. During the second year of the programme, all young people will have the opportunity to turn this award into a Professional Skills Level 2 Qualification.

In addition to the core thread of the programme, schools will have the opportunity to use the Athlete Mentor to inspire pupils more broadly through sharing their stories via assemblies or other school events. Each year will then conclude with an Empowerment Event. The programme will bring young people in the same local area together to share their success and celebrate achievements. It will also bring together local employers, helping the young people understand opportunities that might be available to them post education.