• Serving Up A Treat At Barclays Ball Kids

    Barclays Ball Kids is now in its fourth year and 2013 is set to be another exciting chance for kids up and down the UK to claim their place as a ball boy or ball girl at the end of season spectacle at The O2, London – the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.


    Nowhere else have 12-16 year olds got the opportunity to be part of such an event. The top eight male tennis players in the world, indoors, in London, in front of up to a quarter of a million spectators, with flashing light shows, pumping music and celebrities watching on from every angle. This is the must have seat for 2013. And Barclays Ball Kids is an initiative that’s open to everyone between the ages of 12-16 across the whole of the UK. It’s not just for London. It’s not just for kids who enjoy tennis. It’s for children that are willing to show they’ve got what it takes to be the best in the world. With the huge achievements of Andy Murray in 2012 winning the Olympic title and being crowned US Open champion, as well as ending the year at no.3 in the world, now is the time to create some more excitement about the game. In 2012, nearly 2,000 kids took part in the Barclays Ball Kids trials and just 100 made it through to the final trial in London under the watchful eye of Greg Rusedski. From this, a final squad of thirty was chosen for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and to assume the coveted title of a Barclays Ball Kid.


    And the initiative is serving up a treat this weekend when the first of this year’s trials is on court at The Bromley Tennis Centre on Saturday 19th and then at the Hampshire Health and Racquets Club in Southampton on Sunday 20th. The kids need to show ambition, dedication, fitness, teamwork, ball skills and coordination in order to impress the judges. If they do this, they give themselves the best chance possible of making it through to the final trial in London in April where 100 finalists handpicked by the team from the fourteen regional trials will line up on court in front of each other and another team of coaches who will decide their fate. Boris Becker, an ambassador of Barclays Ball Kids, and three-time Wimbledon Champion comments: ‘The Barclays Ball Kids scheme is a brilliant way for kids to get up close with the top players of today and takes both courage and discipline.’ So with over 200 children attending the session in Bromley and nearly 100 in Southampton this is a record breaking start to a Barclays Ball Kids campaign. The trials span the length and breadth of the country from Edinburgh to Plymouth and attract kids from all walks of life. This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity and for the thirty fortunate Ball Kids that get chosen for the final squad, it is a memory they will hold forever. Kids wanting to take part in Barclays Ball Kids at any of the remaining 12 regional trials should register their interest at www.barclaysballkids.com.

    Goodwood Dates Announced for 2013


    For the third successive year, Progressive will once again be implementing and activating BlackRock’s Estate Partnership at Goodwood throughout the year. The key dates for the 3 main events are as follows: Goodwood Festival of Speed 11th – 14th July 2013; Glorious Goodwood 30th July – 3rd August 2013; Goodwood Revival 13th – 15th September 2013. The first event is the Festival of Speed where BlackRock will once again be title sponsor of the prestigious Drivers Club which hosts the drivers and teams attending the event. Watch this space for more news on which Formula 1 teams and drivers will be attending this year as well as more information on the Central Feature (see picture) which this year will be commissioned by Porche.