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4 A presentation for Countries wishing to join the IC family

5 Questions: What is the International Club family? What are their ideals? How are they organised? How do they function? What makes an IC successful?

6 A PROUD HISTORY AND A VIBRANT FUTURE It all began 87 years ago, in 1924 First International Club (IC) was founded in London by tennis journalist, Wallis Myers Encouraged by the former British Prime Minister Lord Balfour. They saw the beneficial influence of sport on relations between nations. The success and worldwide reputation of the first IC led to the establishment of many similar clubs around the globe

7 The family now consists of 38 countries who have a live International Lawn (as opposed to Real) Tennis Club The flags following, are representative of each of their unique colour combinations for tie and scarf

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9 Their ideals are: to encourage sportsmanship, fairplay and friendship across the world, through tennis “Hands across the net, friendship across the ocean”

10 25 years later, the IC Council established as governing body (1949) The IC Council represents international club members including the Davis Cup or Fed Cup players IC Members include Roger Federer, Tim Henman, Kim Klijsters, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal Some are past winners of Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon, the US, the Australian and the French Open. Some individual members recognized by Council for outstanding sportsmanship on and off court with the Jean Borotra IC Council Sportsmanship Award

11 How is the IC organised? The IC is run by ex-player-volunteers President - Frank Sedgman, Chairman - Barry Weatherill Executive Director - Paul Hutchins The IC holds its Annual General Meeting during Wimbledon Representatives of all IC countries try to attend There is an Executive Council and Management group to carry out business between times

12 The IC Council Manages month to month matters Has geographical and skill-based representatives Sub-divides into: Marketing and sponsorship Marketing and sponsorship Communications and IT Communications and IT Fixtures and Events Fixtures and Events Philanthropy Social Issues and Smaller clubs Philanthropy Social Issues and Smaller clubs

13 IC Council Work - Six key areas 1.Raising the profile/reputation of the IC in all member countries 2. Staging new events (Including events for the underprivileged) 3. Assisting national federations to develop tennis compatible with the ideals of the IC 4. Encouraging new countries to establish ICs 5. Expanding IC tennis activities nationally and internationally 6. Ensuring that the ideals sportsmanship and fair-play are safeguarded (the only organisation deliberately targeted at this)

14 Another important responsibility of the Council is control of their website Another important responsibility of the Council is control of their website All countries’ websites are initially directed to All countries’ websites are initially directed towww.ictennis.net This encourages those visiting the site to see the IC’s activities as a world-wide organisation

15 How do the ICs function? Each individual IC runs its own domestic and international matches and competitions against other IC s or local teams Players pay their own expenses, unless selected for a “representative” team. Sponsorship is permitted Sportsmanship, respect and friendship are core values IC teams/players of all ages catered for: yrs+ When ICs are 10, 25, 30, 50, 75, 90 and 100 years old they celebrate by staging an event for invited ICs

16 These are some of the international team events: The Windmill Trophy (for men under and 45+yrs) The Windmill Trophy (for men under and 45+yrs) The Mercelis trophy (for ladies under and 40+ yrs) The Mercelis trophy (for ladies under and 40+ yrs) The Columbus Trophy (for men 55+ and 65+) The Columbus Trophy (for men 55+ and 65+) La Carreta Trophy (for ladies 45+ and 55+) La Carreta Trophy (for ladies 45+ and 55+) The Potter Cup (for annual, strong men 45+ event) The Potter Cup (for annual, strong men 45+ event) The IC Junior Challenge (for 16 and under boys/girls - played over 2 yr period) The IC Junior Challenge (for 16 and under boys/girls - played over 2 yr period) The German Nations Cup,(men 35+) The German Nations Cup,(men 35+) Approx every 2 yrs there is an IC Week somewhere, at which the Windmill and Mercelis are played

17 What Makes an IC successful? Hosting a number of fixtures /social events each year Participating in international IC matches and events Developing their membership to include young players Recruiting good and willing administrators Liaising with past players Establishing a sound financial base Ensuring representatives attend the AGM Adhering to the ideals of the IC family Responding in a timely fashion to requests for information from Council

18 The IC Network The IC members are well connected in tennis and other industries all over the world ICs have close links with tennis federations in many countries IC Council has links with ATP and WTA The IC is proud to be an ITF “recognise organisation”

19 Funding IC Activities The IC has locally arranged sponsors all over the world The IC has locally arranged sponsors all over the world Some of these are individual IC members Some of these are individual IC members The Compass Group is the principle sponsor of the Junior Challenge The Compass Group is the principle sponsor of the Junior Challenge Lacoste has given valuable financial support to the IC Lacoste has given valuable financial support to the IC The Council collects annual subscriptions from member clubs The Council collects annual subscriptions from member clubs

20 The IC has a vibrant, progressive role to play in today’s game We believe that the power of tennis fosters friendship amongst individuals of all nations and contributes to the world’s fund of goodwill. Here are a few images of the IC in action:

21 George Morgan playing for GB in the Final of the IC Junior Challenge in New Zealand in 2008

22 Gabriella Sabatini gives an IC clinic to underprivileged kids in Argentina in 2007 Gabriella Sabatini gives an IC clinic to underprivileged kids in Argentina in 2007

23 Frank Sedgman, IC President presents the Jean Borotra IC Sportsmanship award to Pat Rafter in 2007

24 Underprivileged clinic Brazil 2007

25 Tommy Bennett GB Sportsmanship award winner Junior Challenge Finals India 2010

26 There is no copyright on this presentation which can be adapted for use with any client of The International Lawn Tennis Club

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28 APPENDIX 1 Benefits to a corporate partner Fulfilment of “corporate social responsibility” objectives (junior underprivileged pics in annual report) Creation of tennis development projects linked to corporate target markets Company identity on publicity material, print, video and links on world-wide websites Acknowledgement of corporate sponsorship at all major IC events Opportunities to entertain at Grand Slam and other tour events Corporate tennis clinics for clients/staff involving tennis legends


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