Wimbledon Coin Toss

Place2Be schoolboy takes centre stage at Wimbledon 

03/07/2017

Luca from Allfarthing Primary School will represent Place2Be at the Gentlemen’s Singles Final by performing the pre-match coin toss

Eleven year old Luca Schmetzer, who attends Place2Be partner school Allfarthing Primary in Wandsworth, will take centre stage at the Gentlemen’s Singles Final on Sunday 16 July after being chosen by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge to perform the pre-match coin toss.

Luca, who has benefited from Place2Be’s support at school and who loves tennis, will attend the match alongside his family who will be watching him on Centre Court with an estimated worldwide audience of 1.2 billion.

Place2Be Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Cambridge was invited by The Wimbledon Foundation, the official charity of The All England Lawn Tennis Club and The Championships, to nominate a charity to perform the pre-match coin toss in her new role as Patron of the All England Club.

Luca said: 

“It’s very hard to believe. There are so many children who could have been chosen and I got chosen. It is such an honour. I’m most looking forward to taking a photo on Centre Court with the Finalists and tossing the coin in front of the whole stadium.”

 

The Duchess said:

“I was delighted to nominate Place2Be to be involved with the Gentlemen's Singles Coin Toss. As Patron of both Place2Be and the All England Club, this is a unique opportunity to bring together two wonderful organisations. The past few years have seen a huge positive shift in attitudes towards mental health and the importance of giving children the tools to understand and manage their emotions from a young age. Place2Be enables children around the country to cope with their worries and engage with their learning to help reach their full potential. I am thrilled that the Wimbledon Foundation is giving Luca, who has benefited hugely from Place2Be's support, this once-in-a lifetime opportunity to step out onto Centre Court and showcase the excellent work of Place2Be on the world stage.”

Head Teacher Tom Holmes from Allfarthing Primary School said:

“Clearly, Place2Be has benefited Luca and his family to a great extent during his time at Allfarthing. A range of children access the service throughout the school in order to assist them with various mental health needs. This has a huge benefit on the whole school - children, teachers and parents”.

Allfarthing is two form entry school in Wandsworth. We ensure our school motto of ‘Excellence for all’ underpins teaching and learning and how we act as a school. We are also a UN Rights Respecting school, which we combine with our school values in how we want our children to be. We benefit from an excellent community feel and constantly striving to make ourselves the best we can be. I have been Head Teacher here since January and feel very honoured and proud that Luca has been chosen for the coin toss.”

Find out more about the pre-match coin toss at the ladies’ and gentlemen’s singles finals

 

 

 

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