First introduced to Wellington in 2009 by the Rotary Club of Wellington and held annually ever since, Jumbo Tennis is a fun, quick-fire, team event, played with oversized racquets. Played to the same rules as Table Tennis (players take alternate hits), Jumbo Tennis has captured the attention of the corporate world for its entertainment, hospitality, camaraderie and support for local charities.
Generous support from Nonsuch Consulting, the major sponsor of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Wellington tournaments have enabled these events to raise significant funds for selected beneficiary charities.
“Our goal is to raise $30,000 and have a heap of fun while we’re doing it” says William Sommerville, the man behind the idea. The Rotary Club of Wellington donates the funds raised at each event to charity. Events held between 2011 and 2017 have raised between $20,000 and $30,000 each and beneficiaries have included Autism NZ Wellington Branch, Island Bay Marine Education Centre, Wellington Free Ambulance's Operation Heartbeat, Wellington City Mission, Malaghan Institute, and Wellington Junior Tennis. 2017 beneficiaries will be Menzshed Wellington, Wellington Children's Hospital, Island Bay Marine Education Centre and Wellington Junior Tennis.
40 four person teams play for the Jumbo Tennis Cup and many other prizes in a seven minute game round robin competition. Best tennis, best dressed and best supporters are just some of the prizes on offer. Recovery periods are plentiful and players can take full advantage of the complimentary court-side food and beverages.
The next Jumbo Tennis tournament is being held on the 1st of March 2019. For further information and bookings, click here.
A licensing opportunity
Jumbo Tennis is now available to all Rotary clubs in New Zealand as a new and engaging fundraising activity. As we know, one of the difficulties many Rotary clubs now face is how to run a fundraising activity that inspires members is fresh, fun and most importantly - generates a good financial return for the effort applied to the event! It is for these reasons the Rotary Club of Wellington (RCW) hosts its annual Jumbo Tennis event in New Zealand.
Jumbo Tennis has proven to be a fun, practical and lively way for our club to consistently generate significant financial returns that are then available for charitable purposes and this event is now available for your club to use as well!
Go to our Licensing page for further information.
Nonsuch Consulting Jumbo Tennis 2018 Results On 2 March 2018 a hugely successful Nonsuch Consulting Jumbo Tennis event was held at the Renouf Tennis Centre in Brooklyn, Wellington. 35 teams sweated it out, competing in a round-robin tournament on one of Wellington's finest days, for the ultimate glory of winning the Sommerville Cup. &nb... Keep Reading
Nonsuch Consulting Jumbo Tennis Raffle Results A huge thank you to our generous sponsors who enabled us to have such a wonderful raffle and thank you to all those who purchased tickets. The winning ticket numbers were: 1st prize: Ticket # 1006 Bay of Many Coves Luxury Lodge, Marlborough Sounds Accommodation, dinner and brea... Keep Reading
The teams at the Rotary Club of Wellington and Nonsuch Consulting once again bring you the fantastic event that is Jumbo Tennis. Keep Reading
I just wanted to say thank you for organising such an enjoyable event and for all the effort you put into helping raise money for such worthy charities - It would be great if Samaritans could be considered as a charity beneficiary for next year’s event. Everybody from the Samaritans team had such a great time. ... Keep Reading
On the 3rd of March 2017, the Rotary Club of Wellington held the 9th annual Jumbo Tennis tournament. Its continued success is testament to the hard work and dedication of the organising committee. The 2017 event saw 35 teams from 25 different organisations, including teams accountants, lawyers, financial advisers, hotels, Wellington... Keep Reading