Wimbledon has celebrated the 65th anniversary of its Ticket Resale scheme by announcing that the initiative has raised more than £3.2m for local causes and charities.
More than 270,000 tickets have been resold since it was founded in 1954. Tickets no longer in use can be made available for resale to anyone within the grounds, with Centre Court tickets priced at only £15 this year.
On leaving the grounds, original ticket holders are asked to have the barcodes of their tickets scanned in order for a new ticket to be generated. Alternatively, unwanted tickets may be deposited in the designated red boxes for collection.
The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) teamed up with HSBC, the official banking partner of Wimbledon, to promote the initiative today (Wednesday) with legends Tim Henman and Lindsay Davenport.
The bank has supported the Ticket Resale Scheme, which gifts proceeds to the Wimbledon Foundation, for 11 years.
Henman and Davenport took part in a press conference on Court 20 to reveal one of Wimbledon’s “best kept secrets,” and engage in a Q&A with children from UK tennis charity Give It Your Max.
Henman said: “It has been a real pleasure to be involved to help HSBC raise awareness for a scheme that not only provides more fans with the opportunity to enjoy world class tennis, but also raises funds for a cause that truly makes a difference in communities.”