The British Traditions of Wimbledon

In today's assembly, we looked at the annual tennis championship which commences today.  All the children were able to recognize the current men's champion Andy Murray.  

 

We reflected on his successful career so far, which has included winning Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016, and winning gold Olympic medals in 2012 and 2016. Andy has had to cope with many setbacks both through injury and  by being defeated many times. However he has shown great resilience and determination to reach the very top of his sport and achieve his ultimate dreams.   The children recognized he has been successful and he has had to fight hard to get there.

               

 

Wimbledon is a famous British tournament respected all over the world. It is regarded as the most prestigious because of its history and traditions.  Some of these include:

* It is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, dating back to 1877.

* The Royal Box on Centre Court regularly hosts members of the Royal family. Players are required to bow or curtsy if the Queen or Prince of Wales is in attendance.

* There is a very strict all white dress code for players.

* Rufus the hawk is housed at Wimbledon and flies around the courts to deter pigeons.

* Strawberries and cream are a popular refreshment. In the 14 days of the tournament, 28,000kg of strawberries will be consumed.

*It is still played on the sport's original surface - grass.

* Centre Court has survived a WW2 bombing and now boasts a sliding roof, which can close if it rains.

*Wimbledon does not have any sponsor advertising boards around the courts.

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  The Royal Box also hosts famous celebrities and successful sporting champions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

The fashions have certainly changed over the years.

 

A special mention to Logan in Y5 for his wonderful tennis knowledge. He knew lots of the great players such as Boris Becker, Pete Sampras, the Williams sisters  and Martina Navratilova.

The children were surprised to discover that until 2007 the prize money was not equal. Men used to win more money than the men.  Now it stands at 2.2 million pounds each.

 

 

Finally we reflected upon which British Value in particular we had addressed today.  As we think about the history and the traditions, we are learning about the traditions and customs of Britain.

 

We wish Sir Andy Murray all the best in the defence of his championship.  Mrs Procter is sad she has never been to the championship but does loves to watch it on the TV. She is looking forward to going when she retires as she would not be able to go now, due to the time of the school holidays.