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Wimbledon 2016

As the sun sets on another year (and British Champ – YES ANDY!!) at Wimbledon, it’s safe to say that the All England Club have once again produced a showstopper of an event. Being part of something that holds itself to such high standards could be daunting, but there is something about Wimbledon that is different to any other sporting event in the world.

At Wimbledon they have a list, and this list gets rewritten every year. Every year they try and best themselves with the help of all the things they said they needed to improve. It is quite a brave way of working to admit you have done something ‘wrong’, but when you walk through the gates you suddenly understand. You understand how it is the greatest tennis event in the world, and how every year hundreds que and celebrities flock to the stands. It is a truly incredible sight. Not a hair out of place and not a corner left untouched: it feels seamless. Uniforms of all kind wandered through the crowds and from volunteers in their club colours to the unusually tame paparazzi, everyone had their place and their role and were performing it perfectly. I have been to plenty of sporting events, but none like this. The core team from PPL that resides down in Wimbledon every year plays a part in delivering this greatness every year, with the programmes and the scoreboards. Aiding in this production is not a 9 to 5 job, and our Wimbledon team work day and night to curate the perfect programme every day of the tournament, alongside the scoreboard team who keep the crowds up to date with the scoreboards across the grounds.

A little addition to our Wimbledon contribution this year have been the booths for the programme sellers and mini shops. Having been quite an impressive installation in our workshop for a few months, seeing them whilst out and about in the grounds was brilliant. We’ve put together a little something to show them off, check out the video below.

Months of preparation go into the programmes, installations and the scoreboard, with a huge amount of collaboration between ourselves and the team at Wimbledon. There is no lack of blood sweat and tears, and with the British summer time it is never without surprises. From days of rain to 3am printing runs, it is a job like no other but one we are incredibly proud to be a part of.

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