Wimbledon Fortnight – a view from the players’ lounge

Student Charlotte Hutchinson will have a unique insight behind the scenes of The Championships at Wimbledon this summer.

Charlotte who is a student of Information Technology with a Year in Industry at the Medway campus, is currently undertaking her placement year at IBM, the main sponsor of the event.

Hundreds of staff at IBM applied to represent the organisation at the championships and Charlotte was one of only 24 who was successful in gaining a place for the fortnight. The rigorous selection process involved an application form, selection by an IBM manager, shortlisting by the Wimbledon team, and finally an assessment centre with group exercises and a one-on-one interview.

Charlotte has been tasked with working on the Media Production Team providing the players on all the show courts with their match statistics and data on a memory stick within 30 minutes of the match ending.

Charlotte said: “I’m really excited to work at the championships, especially this year with it being IBM’s 25th anniversary and Andy Murray coming in as the reigning champion. It will be an amazing experience and I’m honored to have been chosen.”

The Championships take place in the fortnight from 23 June to 6 July 2014. IBM has been a supporter of the All England Lawn Tennis Club and The Championships for 25 years.

The School of Computing has a long standing relationship with IBM and many students have been placed at IBM for their paid Year in Industry and been employed by them after graduation.