Journey and Host-Family

After a few days in Berlin and three stressful days at home in between, our plane took off to London Heathrow. From there a coach took us to Brighton where we got to our host-families. Stefan (a friend of mine) and I are sharing a host family. The family consists of a host-mum, a host-sister and if you can state it like that: a host-dog. Our room offers plenty of space and in general the whole house is very big. The hosts are very friendly and were glad that our English is good. They expected having to accommodate somebody with no real English skills at all for four weeks.

Now! Charity

Monday, we had an initial meeting with Stages, the agency that organized our whole stay and work placement. Work started at 2pm this day so I got on a bus to Lewes then. My boss Michael Ryan immediately welcomed me and showed me my workplace. My first impression was excellent and I am really looking forward to working for this company the next few weeks. Michael told me about my flexible working hours and even organized a trip to Wimbledon (one of the biggest tennis championships in the world) on Friday. That is amazing!

Tuesday was an exciting day. Michael picked me up from my host family at 9 and then we went to a gardening project in Eastbourne. Since Now! Charity supports this project, we wanted to make sure everything is fine over there. The gardening plot is nicely located in a very calm area which really helps people in need to relax and plant their own fruits or vegetables. I had some nice talks with the people there. Everybody was just so friendly and relaxed – fantastic. After the gardening project we headed back to the office for some Marketing tasks I had to accomplish. I finished work at four and immediately took a bus to Brighton. In the evening I had some beers at the beach with my friends from school and the excitement for the next day was massive.

Wednesday: Michael again picked me up from my host family. This time a little earlier – we had to be at the Hailsham Community College at 8:15. The “Creative Café” there should give the students in 9th Grade (13-14 years old) an insight in some companies – as e.g. Now! Charity. I had a great time introducing students to their tasks they had to do at our desk and later assisting them while they were working them out. After this we visited another gardening sight in Hailsham this time. Again, it was very impressive, and I really got an eye for where the company makes a difference.

Thursday was my first merely office-based work day – I did some Marketing tasks and made myself comfortable with applications that I am going to use in the next few weeks. In the evening I might try to get to sleep a little earlier, because tomorrow is already a big day: Wimbledon. What my experiences at one of the most prestigious sports events will be, you are going to read in my next blog.

Wimbledon

When I hear about Wimbledon I immediately think of clean white dresses, green grass courts and the best tennis players in the world. As I can tell now – it is absolutely like that.

We (my boss Michael, Annika – a friend of mine and I) arrived at the “All England lawn tennis and croquet club” at 8:30 in the morning and started queueing for our tickets. The queue in Wimbledon is one of the most organized ones in the world, that’s why everybody arriving there immediately receives a number. Without this number we would not have gotten in later. After four long hours we finally were called out to be the next ones getting in. Even the walk into Wimbledon is very prestigious: e.g. we came across speakers playing winning speeches from former winners – very impressive!

When we finally got in at 12:30 Annika and I went straight to where the players access and leave the trainings courts. That was because it turned out that Rafael Nadal (one of the greatest tennis players of all time) apparently hit a few balls there. Unfortunately, his practice session took longer than usual and we had to wait an hour for him to show up. In the end it was still worth it because I got lots of pictures with players and an autograph of – Rafael Nadal.

Very delighted and super-happy we went to watch some live matches. The venue comprises 18 courts of which we could access 15. That was why we at first couldn’t decide where to go. Finally, we chose to watch a doubles match which turned out to be extremely thrilling to watch.

According to the motto “treat yourself” I went to a merchandise shop after the match and got myself one of the Wimbledon 2019 towels.

As the time passed by quickly and Annika and I wanted to watch a singles match too we went to Court 3. There we were able to see Verdasco beating Fabbiano in three sets. It was a cool match and the atmosphere was absolutely stunning. After this we left the venue and headed back to Brighton in car.

Summing up this definitely was a day to remember. Being able to get so close to the best tennis players in the world was a unique experience. I loved the atmosphere and the prestige of the tournament. Therefore, I would suggest anybody who is even only slightly into tennis to pay this event a visit.

Daniel Zettl